Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
HART'S 26 LEAD JUMBOS TO 62-56 NESCAC VICTORY AT MIDDLEBURY
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 62, Middlebury 56
At Middlebury, VT
Saturday, January 16, 2009
|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
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
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
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
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.