Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
#1 AMHERST OVERCOMES #10 TUFTS IN SECOND HALF FOR 65-56 WIN
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Amherst 65, Tufts 56
At Medford, MA
Saturday, February 6, 2010
|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
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
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