|Jeffs Fall to Wesleyan, 65-51|
Jeffs Fall to Wesleyan, 65-51
January 20, 2006
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s basketball team fell to visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University on Friday night, 65-51. Junior Jenny Muller (N. Andover, MA) and sophomore Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) paced Amherst with 14 points apiece as the Jeffs dropped to 6-8 overall and 1-1 in conference play, while the Cardinals improved to 11-3 overall and remain undefeated in NESCAC play at 3-0.
Wesleyan capitalized on early sloppy ball handling by the Jeffs, turning four quick turnovers into a 7-0 lead. An Amherst timeout steadied the Jeffs and Muller cashed in five straight points to right the ship. Amherst managed to keep it close through the first nine minutes of play, limiting the Cardinals to a narrow edge, but a 7-0 Wesleyan run led to a 25-15 lead at the 7:23-mark, which they rode to a 38-26 halftime edge.
The Cardinals refused to relinquish any of their lead in the first six minutes after the break, but the Jeffs finally put some offense together as Muller and senior co-captain Krissy Morin (Litchfield, NH) pulled them within five, 47-42, with 7:52 left in the game. The Cardinals quickly rallied their advantage back to 10, 52-42, but Amherst wouldn’t go away, and hacked the lead back to five, 54-49, on the strength of five straight points from Reiff. This, however, would be the end of the Jeffs’ comeback hopes as Wesleyan drained seven-of-eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Morin led the Jeffs on the boards and tied a career-high with seven rebounds to go along with eight points, and first-year reserve Susannah Ludwig (Charlottesville, VA) chipped in four points and career-best five caroms in limited action.
Senior forward Hannah Stubbs (Arlington, VA) led the Cardinals with 14 points and five rebounds, while first-year Ali Fourney (East Northport, NY) added 13 points and four boards. Senior Ashley Mastrangelo (Marblehead, MA) filled the stat column as well collecting six points, six rebounds and four steals.
Amherst returns to action tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m. against visiting NESCAC foe Connecticut College.
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