February 6, 2003
AMHERST, MA - Visiting Clark University jumped out to a 14-point halftime lead and held off a late second-half surge en route to a 75-68 non-league women's basketball victory over Amherst College on Thursday night. The loss was Amherst's eighth in its last nine games, despite a double-double 17-point, 14-rebound performance by senior center Sarah Walker (W. Hartford, CT).
Both teams moved to 10-9 overall.
Clark opened the game on a 16-4 run and led by as many as 15 points in the first half, thanks in large part to 5-for-9 shooting from the three-point arc and a 10-for-13 showing from the charity stripe. Amherst, playing without injured senior point guard Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA), committed 15 turnovers before the break, which didn't help matters.
The second half was a different story, as Amherst charged out of the locker room with a 9-2 flurry on the strength of a layup, three-pointer and a pair of free throws by junior guard LaShauna Barboza (New Bedford, MA), who poured in a team- and career-high 19 points in Bozorg's absence.
The Jeffs missed their next six shots, however, and Clark extended the lead back to 15 points on a layup by rookie forward Brittney Wickles (Hatfield, MA) with 11:19 remaining. Undaunted, Amherst rebounded with a 13-2 burst to cut the lead to just four points, 58-54, capped by a Walker free throw with 8:07 left in regulation. That was as close as the Jeffs would get.
Senior guard Rachael Turkington (Holland, MA) led Clark with game-highs of 22 points and five assists. First-year guard Andrea Comen (Holden, MA) added 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
Amherst junior Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) joined Walker and Barboza in double figures with 11 points. She is now just 19 points shy of becoming only the seventh Amherst player to score 1,000 career points.
The Jeffs return to action Saturday at 3 p.m. against visiting NESCAC rival Trinity College.
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