Women's Basketball Posts First Loss, 63-45, at Williams

January 11, 2003 

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The previously undefeated Amherst women's basketball team fell to 8-1 with a 63-45 non-league loss at NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams College on Saturday. The visiting Jeffs held a 27-25 advantage at the break but were plagued by foul trouble and poor shooting in the second half. Amherst junior center Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA) tied career-highs with 12 points and five blocks and pulled down a career- and game-high 15 rebounds in the loss. 

Williams used a 13-0 run - including a string of six unanswered points by junior forward Sarah Dickens (Washington, DC) which gave the Ephs a 48-38 lead with 7:06 remaining - to overtake Amherst in the second half. Down but not yet out, the Jeffs responded with a 3-pointer by junior Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) and a runner by rookie Ali Flato (Piedmont, CA) to cut the gap to just five points, 48-43, with 4:36 left in regulation. 

Williams sealed the win with a backbreaking 15-2 run, however, and scored the game's last 13 points over the final 1:44. On top of that, Williams drilled its last 10 free throw attempts and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line in the final minute. 

Both Sarah Walker (W. Hartford, CT) and Katie Latham (Wakefield, MA) fouled out for the Jeffs, leaving them severely depleted on the low post for much of the game. 

Williams won the game despite shooting an anemic 28.6% (18-for-63) from the field, but Amherst wasn't much better at 30.9% (17-for-55). Amherst senior point guard Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA) finished 0-for-13 from the field, while Russell was just 3-for-14. 

Senior guard Melissa Skeffington (Woburn, MA) paced Williams (8-3) with a game-high 17 points. 

Amherst returns to action Monday at 7 p.m. at non-league foe Smith College. 

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