Tufts 91 Connecticut College 61

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2001
At Medford, Mass.

Connecticut College (6-17, 0-9 NESCAC)   31   30   =   61
Tufts (14-8, 4-5 NESCAC)   47   44   =   91

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MEDFORD – After a slow start, the host Tufts Jumbos built a 47-31 halftime lead and cruised to a 91-61 victory over the Connecticut College Camels in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

Down 7-1 in the early going, the Jumbos rallied with a 28-7 run to lead 29-14 with 8:30 to go in the half. They led by double-figures the rest of the way. Sophomore center Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY) had 12 of her game-high 20 points in the first half.

Tufts built the lead to 20 points, 55-35, early in the second half after a basket by junior forward Jayme Busnengo (Buzzards Bay, MA) at 16:10. To their credit, the Camels did not go down quietly. They cut the margin to 11, 59-48, on a basket by senior Jessica Nowlin (St. Paul, MN) with 12:01 to play. The hot three-point shooting of senior guard Sarah Ellison (Kensington, CT) led the Camel charge. The Jumbos responded with an 11-2 run to push the lead back to 20, 70-50, on a basket by freshman Erin Buckley (East Sandwich, MA) with 6:53 to play. They led comfortably the rest of the way.

Eight players scored at least six points for the Jumbos, who shot 50.6 percent from the floor (40/79). Busnengo had 13 points with seven rebounds and Buckley added a career-high 11 points. Tufts posted a 49-34 margin in rebounds. The Jumbos, who earned a berth into the NESCAC Playoffs which start on Tuesday (Feb. 20), finished the regulars season at 14-8 overall and 4-5 in the league.

Connecticut College was led by 14 points from Ellison, who connected on four of eight three-point attempts. The Camels finished winless during the NESCAC season (0-9) and 6-17 overall.