Jeffs Wrap Up Season with 63-58 Loss at Wellesley


February 20, 2003 

WELLESLEY, MA - The Amherst College women's basketball team finished its season at 12-12 on Thursday night with a 63-58 non-league loss at Wellesley College, despite a game-high 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting by junior guard LaShauna Barboza (New Bedford, MA). It was the final game for Amherst senior tri-captains Sarah Walker (W. Hartford, CT), Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA) and Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA), who finish their careers with 61 wins over four seasons. 

Wellesley senior Kelly Grover (Westbrook, ME) scored her 1,000th career point in the win, becoming just the seventh player in school history to achieve the benchmark. Her 1,000th point came in the nick of time too as Wellesley (10-9) was clinging to a one-point lead, 57-56, with 36 seconds remaining. Grover iced the front end of a one-and-one and then sunk the second attempt give Wellesley a three-point cushion at 59-56. She scored her 1,003rd and 1,004th career points just 14 second later, again connecting on two free throws to seal the win. 

Grover ended the night with 13 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, while senior Christine Carbonello (Londonderry, NH) added 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and four steals for the Blue. Sophomore Bridget Harris (Newbury Park, CA) was the only other Wellesley player in double-digits with 10 points and nine rebounds. 

Junior center Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA) pitched in with 11 points and 11 rebounds for Amherst. 

Trailing by 19 points early in the second half, Amherst (12-12) clawed its way back into the game outscoring Wellesley 28-9 over the opening 15 minutes to tie the game at 53 apiece with 4:40 remaining. 

Barboza led the Amherst charge scoring 10 of her 17 points in the second half. With the scored tied at 53 both teams traded missed baskets before Kristin Doeberl (West Redding, CT) powered her way to a lay-up on a Harris assist to give Wellesley a 55-53 lead with 2:41 remaining. Barboza brought the Jeffs to within one at 55-54 but Grover answered with a short jumper on another Harris assist for a 57-54 lead with two minutes on the clock. Farrell connected on her 11th point of the game to again bring Amherst to within one before Wellesley rattled off six consecutive free throws, four from Grover and two from Carbonello, to earn the win. 

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