Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
SWENSEN'S BUZZER-BEATER LIFTS AMHERST IN BATTLE OF NESCAC
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Amherst 64, Tufts 62
At Medford, MA
Friday, January 18, 2008
Game Box Score
|Jenna Gomez had 10 rebounds for Tufts as the
Jumbos won the battle of the boards
MEDFORD -- Sophomore Samantha Swensen (Rockaway Park, NY) beat the
buzzer with a lay-up on a dramatic in-bounds play that gave Amherst
College a 64-62 victory over Tufts University in a battle of
nationally ranked and unbeaten NESCAC women's basketball teams at
Cousens Gym on Friday night.
With 2.4 seconds on the clock and the game tied at 62-62,
Amherst's Sarah Leyman (Cincinatti, OH) heaved an in-bounds pass
from half-court towards Swensen near the basket. Tufts senior
co-captain Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME) made a valiant
effort on the play, but Swensen got the ball and converted a lay-up
for the victory. Amherst, ranked 22nd in the D3Hoops.com poll this
week, improved to 15-0 overall. The Jumbos, #14 nationally, dropped
to 12-1. It was the conference opener for both teams.
After a sloppy start, the game reached a frenzied level in front
of a near-capacity crowd at Cousens. After the eighth tie of the
game (55-55) with four minutes remaining, Tufts scored six of the
next seven points to lead 61-56 on a lay-up by Ummah at 2:14. Senior
tri-captain Anne-Claire Roesch (Westport, CT) hit a huge
three-pointer on the Lord Jeffs' next trip down the floor to make
the score 61-59 Tufts.
The teams traded free throws, and then a lay-up by senior
tri-captain Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) tied the score for the
ninth time at 62-62 with 30 seconds remaining. The Jumbos missed a
shot, got the offensive rebound, but turned the ball over on a
shot-clock violation, setting up the winning play.
A score of 4-4 five minutes into the game was not an indication
of the excitement to come. Amherst turned that into a 13-4
advantage, and the visitors led by eight (26-18) after a lay-up by
Swensen with three minutes to go in the half. Tufts scored the next
eight points to tie the score at 26-26, and Amherst took a 28-26
lead into the locker room.
Roesch opened the half with a three-pointer for Amherst and a
31-26 lead. They went up by six (36-30) on a Swensen basket at
15:55. That would be the largest lead for either team the rest of
the way. Tufts again spurted to tie it 36-36 on free throws by
sophomore Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) at 14:48. The teams
would be tied again at 48-48 before the Jumbos took their first lead
of the game at 50-48 on a jumper by sophomore Casey Sullivan
(Berlin, CT) with 6:50 left in the second half. The game went
down to the last second dramatically from there.
Amherst, the second-ranked field goal shooting team in the nation
playing against Tufts' third-in-the-nation field goal defense, shot
52 percent for the game (26/50). They were remarkably consistent,
hitting 13 of 25 shots in each half. Reiff hit 7 of 9 shots and led
Amherst with 17 points. Swensen added 13 points and Roesch had 12.
Senior tri-captain Shaina Pollack (Great Neck, NY) finished with
seven points, five assists and three steals.
Ummah led the Jumbos with 18 points, nine rebounds and two
blocks. Fellow co-captain Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) had 10
rebounds as the Jumbos earned a 37-25 advantage in that area. Junior
Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT) was active with five points,
five rebounds, six assists and three steals. Tufts did not make a
three-pointer in the game for the first time since December 2006.