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Tufts 80, Wheaton 71

At Norton, MA
Monday, December 7, 2009

Game Statistics

Vanessa Miller had 10 points, nine rebounds and seven steals for Tufts

NORTON -- All five Tufts starters reached double-figure scoring as the women's basketball team won its sixth game in a row, 80-71, in non-league action at Wheaton College on Monday night.

The Jumbos, who are receiving national votes from, improved to 6-1 on the season. Playing its first home contest in nearly three weeks following a five-game road swing, the Lyons fell to 2-5 overall.

Tufts was led by junior Colleen Hart (Needham, MA), who poured in 22 points to go alongside five rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, MA) matched her career high of 18 points, as she went seven of eight from the floor in the first half alone. She also had four steals.

Jumbo senior Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) posted 12 points, while junior Vanessa Miller (Cincinnati, OH) and sophomore Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, NY) added 10 points each. Miller neared a triple-double with nine rebounds and seven thefts, while Barnosky added eight boards.

Seniors Andrea Bailey (Needham, MA) and Ida Kruse (Vershire, VT) paced Wheaton offensively with 12 points apiece, with Bailey adding a game-high-tying five assists and Kruse shooting six of 10. Classmate Jenny Champney (Bedford, MA) contributed 11 points and eight boards.

Sophomore Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, NJ) and first year Natasha Colon Ortiz (Holyoke, MA) and Jeana Trimboli (Norwalk, CT) had nine points apiece for the Lyons. DePalo dished out five assists, while Colon Ortiz pulled down six boards in 11 minutes of play.

The visitors were firing on all cylinders offensively in the opening half, hitting 20 of their first 30 shots for a 66.7-percent clip, including draining seven of their initial 11 from deep, good for 63.6 percent, as the Jumbos carried a 52-34 lead into the locker room. A Champney free throw and lay-in provided the Lyons with a 3-0 edge by 18:38 before the Jumbos went on a 14-3 run for a 14-6 advantage at 13:40. Leading 34-24 at 6:39, Tufts used a 14-5 spurt to take a commanding 48-29 lead with less than three minutes to go before the break.

Champney's jumper at 15:08 of the second half narrowed Wheaton 's deficit to 10 at 55-45, but the Jumbos responded with 19 of the game's next 25 points for the contest's largest advantage at 74-51 with 7:22 to go. The Lyons didn't go away quietly, using a 20-6 run over 6:14 to pull within 80-71 with 51 ticks to go, but it proved to be too little too late. The hosts held Tufts without a point for the last 4:28.

Coach Carla Berube's Jumbos play in the Regis College Tournament this weekend, opening against Maine Maritime on Saturday night at 7 pm. Wheaton remains at home on Wednesday for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game against Clark University at 7 pm.

Press release courtesy of Wheaton College