Jeffs Drop Third Straight, 71-52, to Trinity

February 8, 2003 

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst women's basketball team posted its third straight loss and its ninth in its last 10 games on Saturday, falling to visiting conference rival Trinity College, 71-52, leaving the two teams tied for eighth place in the NESCAC standings with matching 1-6 league records. Amherst falls to 10-10 overall with the loss, while Trinity improves to 7-12. 

Trinity blew the game wide-open with a 23-5 run over the first 11 minutes. Amherst missed its first six field goal attempts and shot just 1-for-15 during that stretch and never came within 13 points of the lead from that point on. 

The Bantams played just six players in the game, while three of their five starters - Michelle McCaffrey (W. Springfield, MA), Tracy Nesbit (Wellesley, MA) and Liz Bontempo (Granby, MA) - logged the full 40 minutes. They shot a scorching 57.7% (15-for-26) in the first half, held a 47-26 lead at the break and never looked back. 

Sophomore forward Rebecca Bell (Colorado Springs, CO) paced the Bantams with a game-high 24 points, while McCaffrey added 17 and rookie forward Jennifer Gargiulo (Boxborough, MA) chipped in with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. 

Amherst was led by rookie forward Julie Smith (Villanova, PA), who set new career-highs in points (13) and blocks (four) and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Junior forward Marissa McGuire (Minneapolis, MN) added 12 points, eight boards and three assists. 

Amherst raps up its regular-season home slate Wednesday at 7 p.m. against visiting non-league foe Springfield College. 

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