Undefeated Jeffs Cruise Past Coast Guard, 68-52

December 9, 2002 

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's basketball team held Coast Guard to just 29.6% (21-for-71) shooting and improved to 6-0 with a decisive 68-52 non-conference win over the visiting Bears on Monday. Junior guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) drained five of seven three-point attempts and led the Jeffs in scoring for the third straight game with 23 points, while senior Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA) and first-year Katie Latham (Wakefield, MA) chipped in with 12 points each. Amherst first-year forward Julie Smith (Villanova, PA) had an outstanding game off the bench with eight points and grabbed a career- and game-high 13 rebounds. 

The Jeffs jumped out to a 9-0 lead off the opening tip, while Coast Guard missed all but one of its first 11 field goal attempts. Russell helped ignite Amherst's early dominance by nailing four of her first five shots, all from the perimeter. Smith stretched the lead to 16 points later in the first half with an offensive rebound and put-back off an errant three-point attempt by junior teammate LaShauna Barboza (New Bedford, MA) with 7:45 left before the break. 

Coast Guard rebounded with a 7-0 run, capped by a baseline jumper by junior forward Tanesha Tyus (Dale City, VA), and cut the lead to just eight points, 29-21, with 2:17 left before halftime. Amherst responded with a 6-0 spurt of its own, before Coast Guard's Amy Harmel (Davidsonville, MA) banked in a runner at the buzzer to set the halftime score at 35-23. 

The Jeffs maintained the upper hand and led by no less than 12 points the rest of the way. With the game well in hand, Amherst emptied its bench down the stretch and received valuable contributions from first-year reserves Ali Flato (Piedmont, CA), Sarah Bass (W. Chicago, IL) and Kristine Morin (Litchfield, NH), as well as sophomore Kate Herlihy (Glens Falls, NY), senior Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA), Barboza and Smith. 

Amherst outrebounded Coast Guard 48-32, with Latham and junior center Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA) joining Smith on the glass with nine and eight rebounds, respectively. Farrell also dished out a career-high five assists. 

Harmel and senior guard Tessa Mueller (Torrington, CT) each poured in 11 points for Coast Guard, which dropped to 1-2 with the loss. 

After a 25-day break, Amherst returns to action on Friday, January 3, for a non-league tilt at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. 

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