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Amherst 65, Tufts 56

At Medford, MA
Saturday, February 6, 2010

Game Statistics

Katie Wholey and Julia Baily were honored on Seniors' Day at Cousens Gym

MEDFORD -- In an exciting NESCAC women�s basketball showdown between national top 10 teams, #1 ranked and undefeated Amherst College overcame a six-point halftime deficit and took a 65-56 victory at #10 Tufts on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gymnasium.

Off target in the first half, Amherst turned it on in the second half and out-scored the Jumbos 43-28. Sophomores Jackie Renner (Newton, MA) and Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA) both scored 13 of their team-high 16 points in the second half for the Lord Jeffs. Junior Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, OH) added 14 points and 10 rebounds overall to the Amherst effort. The Lord Jeffs (21-0, 7-0 NESCAC) made 50-percent of their shots (17/34) in the second, including five three-pointers.

Tufts (19-3, 6-2 NESCAC) led by six at halftime, when junior Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) had 11 of her game-high 19 points. Senior Julia Baily (Farmington, CT), who along with Katie Wholey (Marshfield, MA) was honored on Seniors� Day at Cousens, scored 18 points with 13 rebounds in the game. Sophomore Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, MA) scored 11 points for the hosts.

Amherst was up 17-12 on a lay-up by junior Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, CT) 10 minutes into the game, but the Jumbos finished the first half with a 16-5 run and led 28-22 at the break. Baily had six points during the stretch. Tufts out-rebounded the Lord Jeffs, 24-17, in the first half and the visitors were just one for nine on three-point attempts.

The Jumbos were in front by eight points at 36-28 following two free throws by sophomore Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, NY) at 15:29 of the second half. The Lord Jeffs soon heated up from three-point territory. Two threes by Stedman during a three-minute Amherst run of 12-4 gave them their first lead (42-40) since the nine-minute mark of the first half. With another trifecta by first-year Marcia Voigt (Skillman, NJ), Amherst had a lead (45-42) that they would not relinquish.

An 8-0 Amherst spurt consisting of five points by Renner and three from Stedman opened up a 53-44 margin for the Jeffs at 5:22. The Jumbos twice pulled within four points, including 55-51 on Baily�s lay-up with 4:08 remaining in the second half. However, Amherst continued to make baskets and free throws when they needed to and put away the Jumbos.

Amherst was up big in a trio of specialty statistics during the second half, out-scoring Tufts 22-8 in the paint, 12-2 off turnovers, and 14-4 on second-chance points. The Lord Jeffs, who finished at 40.9 percent shooting (27/66), won their fifth straight game in a growing rivalry between the programs. Voigt (nine points, five rebounds) and Daigneault (eight points, six rebounds) helped the Amherst cause.

Tufts earned a slight 41-40 edge in rebounds, with Barnosky pulling down nine. The Jumbos made just 20 of 59 shots for a 33.9 percentage.