JUMBOS STUNNED BY CONNECTICUT COLLEGE IN FINALE
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Connecticut College 82 Tufts 77
At New Longdon, CT
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
|Tufts (9-14, 1-8)||42||29||6||=||77|
|Connecticut College (2-19, 1-8)||40||31||11||=||82|
NEW LONDON, CT. -- The Connecticut College women's basketball team snapped a 15-game losing streak and a 25-game New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) losing streak dating back to the 1999-2000 season with a 82-77 overtime win over Tufts on Saturday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
Connecticut College grabbed the lead for good in the extra session on a lay up by freshman forward Kate Chisholm with 2:16 remaining. The Camels extended their lead to four when freshman guard Mary Bushnell drained a jumper with 1:09 to play to make it 77-73. Sophomore guard Emily Carroll, who went 8-of-10 at the foul line, sealed the victory with four free throws in the final minute of the game.
Connecticut College shook off a six-point deficit with 2:14 remaining to force the overtime period. Trailing 71-64, the Camels scored the last seven points in regulation and a lay up by junior forward Margaret Guernsey with seven seconds remaining sent the game into overtime.
The Jumbos had a small lead for most of the game, never leading by more than six. Junior forward Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY), who had 25 points and 16 rebounds, scored with 8:28 remaining to give the Jumbos 61-55 lead. From there, Connecticut College ran off six straight points and pulled even on a basket by Carroll with 5:41 remaining.
Connecticut College, who produced its highest point-total of the season, placed four players in double figures. Sophomore guard Erin Shields led the way with 22 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in 44 minutes. Carroll added 19 while Chisholm had a season-high 16 on 8-of-13 shooting. Guernsey also had 10 points and eight rebounds before fouling out.
In addition to Goodman's effort, Tufts (9-14, 1-8) received 18 points and 11 rebounds from senior forward Jayme Busnengo (Buzzards Bay, MA).