January 31, 2003
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's basketball team held visiting NESCAC foe Tufts University to just 17.2% (10-for-58) shooting en route to a decisive 63-40 win on Friday night. The victory, which snapped a six-game losing skid, was the Jeffs' first in conference play as they improved to 10-7 overall and 1-4 in the NESCAC. Tufts entered the game with a five-game winning streak but fell to 13-3 (2-2 NESCAC) with the loss.
Junior guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) paced Amherst with a game-high 17 points, followed by classmate Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA), who added 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Farrell also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Tufts was led by Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) and Erin Connolly (Syosset, NY), who finished with eight points each.
The game was marked by offensive futility at both ends early on. The Jeffs held Tufts scoreless over the first 5:37 and without a field goal until junior center Erin Buckley (East Sandwich, MA) hit a layup with 12:23 left before the break. At the same time Amherst hit just two of its first 17 shots over the first eight minutes en route to an early 8-4 lead.
The Jeffs warmed up from there, however, drilling each of their next five attempts, including a turnaround jumper by Farrell that pushed the lead to double digits. Amherst then ended the half with a 7-0 run, capped by a Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA) buzzer-beater for a 39-20 cushion at the intermission. The Jumbos would never recover.
Amherst returns to action Saturday at 3 p.m. against visiting Bates College.
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