JUMBOS WIN 15TH, BEST TOTAL SINCE 1991-92

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 69    Brandeis 65

at Waltham, Mass.
Thursday, February 24, 2000

Tufts (15-7) 36 33 = 69
Brandeis (10-13) 31 34 = 65

Tufts: Molly Baker 4-12, 3-4, 11; Melissa Harvill 5-7, 0-0, 11; Katie Kehrberger 5-6, 1-1, 11; Shira Fishman 0-1, 1-3, 1; Emily Goodman 6-12, 0-1, 12; Emily Desmarais 2-5, 0-0, 4; Erin Harrington 3-6, 0-0, 9; Hilary Dunn 1-2, 0-0, 2; Jayme Busnengo 0-1, 0-0, 0; Karen Robator 4-7, 0-0, 8; Meghann Gill 0-1, 0-0, 0; Totals 30-60, 5-9, 69.

Three-pointers (4-9): Harrington 3-4, Harvill 1-2, Desmarais 0-1, Dunn 0-1, Gill 0-1.
Rebounds (33): Baker 9, Fishman 6.
Assists (23): Fishman 8, Baker 3, Harvill 3, Dunn 3.

Brandeis: Sarah Soubosky 0-2, 4-4, 4; Jen Curran 4-14, 1-3, 11; Erika Holmes 1-4, 1-1, 3; Lindsey Sensenbrenner 6-16, 1-2, 16; Stacey Snow 2-5, 0-0, 4; Janice Casement 2-7, 2-4, 6; Marsha Pierre-Jacques 1-2, 0-0, 2; Sue Shields 1-2, 1-2, 3; Natalia Zubko 7-13, 2-6, 16; Totals 24-65, 12-22, 65.

Three-pointers (5-10): Sensenbrenner 3-3, Curran 2-6, Zubko 0-1.
Rebounds (45): Zubko 9, Snow 8.
Assists (17): Soubosky 7, Curran 4.

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Freshman center Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY) scored 12 points, leading four starters in double figures as Tufts University defeated Brandeis University, 69-65, in New England women's college basketball action on Thursday night. The victory improved the Jumbos to 15-7 overall, their best win total since the 1991-92 squad finished 15-6.

Tufts led at the half, 36-31. Goodman scored all of her 12 points in that first frame, hitting on six of seven from the field. Sophomore guard Jen Curran paced Brandeis with eight points in the first 20 minutes.

In the second half, Tufts increased its lead to nine on a jumper by senior guard Melissa Harvill (Elk, WA) at the 18:52 mark. At that point, Brandeis scored nine unanswered points capped off by a three-point field goal by sophomore guard Lindsey Sensenbrenner that knotted the game at 40 with 15:44 left. Tufts had another surge, capped off by a layup by senior co-captain Molly Baker (Northfield, MA) that put the Jumbos back up by nine, 55-46, at the 11:13 mark.

In a repeat of earlier play in the half, Brandeis ran off nine straight points to deadlock the game at 55 on consecutive three-pointers by Sensenbrenner with just over eight minutes to go. Brandeis took its only lead of the half on a Curran free throw that made it 58-57 at the 5:40 mark. Tufts then went on a decisive 8-2 run capped off by a three-point field goal by freshman Erin Harrington (Fall River, MA) that put the Jumbos ahead, 65-60, with 1:54 left.

A jumper by junior forward Natalia Zubko and a free throw by Sensenbrenner pulled the Judges within two, 65-63, with 1:26 left. Senior forward Janice Casement's hoop cut the lead to three, 68-65, at the 39.4 mark. Junior guard Shira Fishman (Silver Spring, MD) then nailed a free throw with 0.1 seconds left to seal the win for Tufts.

Goodman's 12 points and three rebounds led the way for the Jumbos. Harvill hit on five of seven from the field to lead three Tufts starters with 11 points. Baker pulled down a team-high nine rebounds in her 11-point night and sophomore Kate Kehrberger (Waldwick, NJ) hit on five of six field goal attempts in here 11-point evening.

Sensenbrenner paced Brandeis with a game-high 16 points, including all three of her three-point attempts. Curran was also in double-figures, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The Jumbos finish the regular season at home on Saturday (Feb. 26) in a NESCAC game versus Bowdoin. Despite posting their best season in several years, it appears that the Jumbos need to beat the Polar Bears and then keep their fingers crossed when ECAC Playoff berths are awarded on Sunday.

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