Amherst Picks Up 20th Win; Reiff Finds 1,000 Point Plateau
Senior Stefanie Reiff scored her
1,000th career point against Conn.
AMHERST, MA – The 21st-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team returned to action after a week off by welcoming NESCAC foe Conn. College to LeFrak Gymnasium in Amherst. The Lord Jeffs pulled out an impressive 73-45 win to deny the Camels their first conference win.
Amherst struggled against the Camels in the early going, and after four minutes of play found themselves trailing 7-3. The two teams played neck-and-neck basketball in a low scoring affair for the next 10 minutes of action. At the 6:30 mark, the two sides were knotted up at 18-18.
From that point, Amherst showed why it is one of the best teams in the conference, ending the half on a 17-4 run. The Jeffs cruised to the locker rooms with a comfortable 35-22 lead.
Leading the Jeffs at the half were senior Shaina Pollack (Great Neck, NY) and junior Yasmine Harik (New York, NY), each with seven points. Junior Amanda Otieno (Gloucester, MA) played well in the half with four rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. The Camels were paced by seven points and three rebounds from Emily Cummings.
The second half featured more of the same from the two sides, as the Camels were able to hang with the Lord Jeffs for much of the half. After nearly a dozen minutes of play, Amherst still held onto the same 13 point lead from halftime at 53-40.
The Jeffs turned to senior tri-captain Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) in the second half to get things going. Reiff poured in 10 second-half points, including the 1,000th of her career. The forward is just the eighth player in Amherst women’s basketball history to reach the milestone, as she finished the night at 1,004.
Junior Stacy Brossy (Lukachukai, AZ) led the Jeffs with 14 points on 50 percent shooting, while Reiff finished with 12 points and four rebounds. The Camels had three players find double-digits in scoring, with Cindy Roseen dropping a game-high 16 points. Cummings and Katy Serafin combining for another 22 points.
Amherst closed the game with an impressive 25-10 run, taking its 20th win of the year, 73-45. The Jeffs improve to 20-2 (5-2 NESCAC), while Conn. falls to 10-11 (0-6 NESCAC). This is only the second time in the past 15 years the Jeffs have passed the 20-win plateau. Amherst returns to action Saturday at 3 p.m. when the Wesleyan Cardinals come to LeFrak for Senior Day.