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Tufts 62, Middlebury 56

At Middlebury, VT
Saturday, January 16, 2009

Game Statistics

First-year Samantha Tye added seven points off the bench to the win

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Junior Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) poured in 26 points - the second-highest total of her career - as the 11th ranked Tufts University women's basketball team bounced back from a loss at Williams College on Friday night and posted a 62-56 victory against Middlebury College in a NESCAC game on Saturday afternoon.

The Jumbos led by 13 at halftime (35-22) and then hung on in the second half as the Panthers drew to within three points twice. With the victory, Tufts (13-2, 1-1 NESCAC) gave head coach Carla Berube the 138th victory over her career at the university to tie the all-time record initially set by Sharon Dawley (1984-93). Middlebury dropped to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in NESCAC.

The Jumbos shot a red-hot .571 ( eight for 14) from behind the three-point arc. Tufts also shot an impressive .462 from the floor, as Middlebury (8-5, 1-1) made just one of nine threes on the afternoon.

Tufts led 14-11 with 8:38 left in the first half, before going on a 10-0 run to lead 24-11. Hart hit a pair of threes for the Jumbos to spark the run. The Jumbos maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the half, as Hart hit her fifth trifecta with seven seconds left to make it a 35-22 game at the break. She had 19 at intermission.

Tufts took a game-high 16-point lead on a three from Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, NY) to open the second half, but Middlebury answered with an 8-0 run. The Panthers came within four after a pair of free throws from Brittany Perfetti, but the Jumbos came back with a 9-0 spurt. Hart hit a two and a three during the run to give the Jumbos a 49-26 lead with 10:29 remaining.

Middlebury kept chipping away, making it a 53-50 game on a three from Perfetti with 4:57 on the clock. Tufts increased its lead, but the Panthers answered as Perfetti cut the margin to three once again with 2:53 remaining. The Jumbos scored on their next two possessions to extend the lead to 61-54, as Middlebury began to foul down the stretch. Tufts had a chance to put the game away sooner than they did, converting just one of six free throws in the final minute.

Hart shot 10 of 15 from the floor and was six of nine from behind the arc. Senior Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) added 13 points and six boards, while sophomore Tiffany Kornegay netted 11 points.

Stephany Surrette scored a career-high 18 points in the game for Middlebury, shooting eight of 11 from the floor with eight boards. Perfetti added 15 points in the contest, while Kaitlyn Fallon netted eight points with five boards.

Game release courtesy of Middlebury College.