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KEAN PULLS AWAY FROM TUFTS FOR 75-56 NCAA SECOND-ROUND WIN

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
Kean 75, Tufts 56

At Union, NJ
Saturday, March 6, 2010

Game Statistics

Senior Julia Baily surpassed 1,000 career points in the game
 

UNION, N.J. -- Host Kean University, the second-ranked team in the D3Hoops.com national poll, remained undefeated against Division III competition this season by pulling away from Tufts University for a 75-56 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night at Harwood Arena.

The Cougars (28-1), who have only lost to Division I Rutgers, will play either Bowdoin in the NCAA "Sweet 16" next Friday (Mar. 12) at a site to be announced. Sophomore guard Brittany Powell (Tinton Falls, NJ) scored a career-high 21 points to lift Kean, which tied the school record for wins in a season and extended their school-record winning streak to 28 games. Junior forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, NJ) scored all 17 of her points in the second half and finished with 11 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season.

Powell, who started in place of Kean's all-time leading scorer Melissa Beyruti (Union City, NJ), hit eight of 12 shots from the floor and had four three-pointers for the Cougars. Beyruti is still day-to-day after suffering an injury in the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship game a week ago.

Tufts finished their third consecutive 20-win season with a 21-6 record. The Jumbos were led by a game-high 28 points from junior guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA), who was a remarkable eight for 10 on three-pointers. Hart had 26 points in a first-round win against Muhlenberg on Friday night and finished the season with 468 points, the second-best total in Tufts history. Senior Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Kean, surpassing the 1,000 career points milestone in the game. She reached the milestone on a three-point play with 8:16 remaining in the second half, becoming the 10th Jumbos to pass 1,000.

Tufts was right with Kean for three-quarters of the game. The Jumbos led 36-35 after a three-pointer by sophomore Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, NY) with 16:15 remaining in the second half. The Cougars scored the next nine points, five by senior Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, PA) and four by first year Naimah Clemons (Newark, NJ) to lead 44-36 with 12:28 on the clock. Tufts was within 46-42 on Hart's three-pointer at 11:10, but Kean responded with an 11-0 spurt to take a 57-42 lead with 8:32 left in the game. Down the stretch, the Cougars built a lead as big as 23 points, as they advance to the "Sweet Sixteen" for the third time in the last four seasons. They out-scored the Jumbos 29-14 in the last 11 minutes.

The Cougars had taken an early 11-5 lead just 2:05 into the contest, as they knocked down their first three three-pointers, the last two coming from Powell. The score would remain that way though for the next four minutes of the game, before Hart ended the scoring drought with a three-pointer to pull the Jumbos to within 11-8. After a pair of Kean free throws by Clemons gave the Cougars a 13-10 lead, Hart had a jumper and Baily had a lay-up to give the Jumbos a 14-13 lead midway through the half. A lay-up by Powell put the Cougars back up one, before a three-pointer by Barnosky put the Jumbos back ahead at 17-15.

Powell would then ignite a 10-0 Kean run with a three-pointer and would score eight of the team's points in the run to give Kean a 25-17 lead with 6:39 left in the half. The Jumbos would answer with seven straight points, pulling to within 25-24 on a lay-up by Baily with 5:17 left. The visitors then took a 28-26 lead with under two minutes remaining in the half, before the Cougars managed a 29-28 lead at halftime on a lay-up by junior Angelica Bermudez (Jersey City, NJ). Powell netted 16 points in the first half for Kean, while Hart had 13 points and Baily chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds for Tufts.

In the victory, Bermudez came off the bench to grab a game-high 15 rebounds, the most against the Jumbos this season. The Cougars shot 48.3 percent (28/58) for the game, including seven for 15 (46.7 percent) on threes. They out-rebounded the Jumbos 46-38.

Tufts had 11 three-pointers, its most of the season. However, they shot just 28.6 percent overall (20/70), their next-to-worst mark of the season. They also had 22 turnovers, the most this season besides 24 in a double-overtime contest at New Paltz to open the year back on November 20.

Some materials in this release courtesy of Kean University

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