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Tufts 79, Salem State 50

At Medford, MA
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Game Statistics

Shannon Robinson added a career-high six points and two rebounds to the victory

MEDFORD -- Sophomore Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, MA) scored 12 points in the first half and junior Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) added nine as the Tufts University women's basketball team opened up a 26-point lead at intermission and cruised to a 79-50 victory over Salem State College on Tuesday night.

The game was the first for Tufts at the newly renovated Cousens Gymnasium. Over the summer, the court was rotated 90 degrees inside the 77-year old facility to meet the NCAA standard for length. The Jumbos improved to 4-1 overall with their fourth straight victory. The Vikings (2-2) lost for the first time in three games.

Tufts led 11-4 early with the help of two three-pointers by Kornegay. Tufts was six for 12 from beyond the arch in the first 20 minutes overall. After a three by Salem's Erica Batchelder (Stoughton, MA) at 11:23 made it 11-7, the Jumbos went on a 27-5 run over the next nine minutes. That gave the hosts a 38-12 advantage following two free throws by junior Shannon Robinson (Foxborough, MA) with 2:24 on the clock. Hart sank three three-pointers during the decisive stretch for Tufts, who led 42-16 at the half.

First year Brianna Wilson (Lowell, MA) had four points and five rebounds at the break for Salem. The visitors shot just 28 percent (7/25) in the first half.

The Jumbo lead touched 30 (46-16) following a jumper by senior Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) one minute into the second half. The Vikings would only get as close as 22 points at 53-31 on a jumper by first year Rehama Stouble (Foxborough, MA) with 13:43 to play in the second half. The margin in favor of the Jumbos hit 30 again on a three-pointer by senior Katie Wholey (Marshfield, MA) at 9:50 and it stayed in the 30's for most of the remainder. The largest lead was 35 points twice, including 77-42 at 2:12 following a jumper by junior Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA).

Tufts had 15 steals on 23 Salem turnovers, including seven by Kornegay and five by junior Vanessa Miller (Cincinnati, OH). The seven thefts by Kornegay is the most by a Jumbo since Valerie Krah swiped seven against Wesleyan on January 27, 2006. Twelve Jumbos scored points against Salem, with Hart's 15 leading the way and Kornegay totaling 14. Hart's four assists also led Tufts, which had 16 total on 28 baskets. Eleven Jumbos contributed to the rebound total, which was topped by five apiece from Kornegay and sophomore Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, NY). The game featured the first collegiate points scored by first-year Samantha Tye (Newton, MA) and sophomore newcomer Dayorsha Collins (Boston, MA). The Jumbos shot well everywhere at 47.5 percent (28/59) from the field, 50 percent from three-point territory (9/18) and 82.4 percent (14/17) from the line.

Stouble scored on five of six field goal attempts and led the Vikings with 14 points and six rebounds while adding two assists. Brianna Wilson finished with 10 points and five rebounds while twin Whitney Wilson (Lowell, MA) added six points, two rebounds and two assists. Salem finished at 36.4 percent from the field (20/55), including two for 11 (18.2 percent) on three-pointers.

Tufts travels to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday, while the Vikings visit Plymouth State on Thursday.