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Tufts 59, Emerson 49

At Medford, MA
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Game Statistics

Sophomore Tiffany Kornegay's 16 points paced Tufts to its 16th win

MEDFORD � Sophomore Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, MA) scored 16 points and senior Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) added 14 points with eight rebounds as the 12th ranked Tufts University women's basketball team improved to 16-2 with a 59-49 victory over Emerson College on Tuesday night at Cousens Gymnasium.

Tufts did not trail in the game, but found the visiting Lions within four points late in the second half. The Jumbos finished off the win, improving to 6-0 at home. Emerson junior Lauren Zaniboni gave Tufts problems under the basket, recording game-highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds. The Lions lost a three-game winning streak and fell below .500 to 8-9 overall.

The Jumbos took advantage of 15 first-half turnovers by Emerson to lead 34-21 at intermission. They closed the half with a 10-1 run, including four points by junior forward Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA). Kornegay had 10 points at the break for Tufts, while Zaniboni was at eight points and nine rebounds for the Lions.

Tufts pushed the lead to 17 points by scoring the first four points of the second half. However, a 10-0 run by Emerson cut the margin down to 38-31 with 15:30 on the clock. The stretch included three-pointers by Lions Olivia DiNucci (Pittsburgh, PA) and Theresa McCabe (Rye, NY).

The margin would stay in single-digits for most of the rest of the game. Tufts led 49-39 following a three-pointer by junior Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) at 6:42. Emerson scored the next six points and trailed just 49-45 after two Zaniboni free throws with 2:39 on the clock. The Jumbos answered by scoring the six straight points, while the Lions missed three shots and turned the ball over once, allowing the hosts to wrap up the victory.

Junior Vanessa Miller (Cincinnati, OH) added seven points, five steals, and four rebounds for Tufts. Sophomore Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, NY) finished with six points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Tufts continued to do a good job of taking care of the ball, as their 11 turnovers brought their total in the last three games to 27.

McCabe had three three-pointers and 11 points overall for Emerson. The Lions decisively won the battle of the boards 43-31, with junior Kathy Andrade (Hull, MA) adding 10 to the cause (five offensive). DiNucci had eight points and seven rebounds for the visitors, who ended up with 27 total turnovers.

Tufts returns to NESCAC action on Friday with a road game at Wesleyan. Emerson plays a GNAC contest at home against Pine Manor on Thursday.