POWERS SCORES 23 TO LEAD JUMBOS TO WIN AT BABSON
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 62 Babson 54
At Babson Park, MA
Tuesday, December 3, 2002
BABSON PARK, MASS. - Freshman Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Tufts University Jumbos to a 62-54 road victory over the Babson College Beavers in non-conference women's basketball action on Tuesday night.
Powers scored 15 points in the first half to help Tufts (2-1) erase a 17-14 deficit on its way to a 31-27 halftime advantage. The Jumbos then began the second half with a 10-4 run that was highlighted by five points from junior Maritsa Christoudias (Saddle River, NJ) to take a 41-31 lead with 16 minutes remaining.
Babson (1-3) stayed close over the next six minutes thanks to the strong play of sophomores Jessica Baker (Middlebury, CT) and Erin Conroy (Old Greenwich, CT), who combined to score nine straight points for the Beavers. However, Christoudias nailed her second three-pointer to spark a 9-0 run that gave the Jumbos their largest lead of the contest at 56-40.
Despite the 16-point deficit, the Beavers refused to go quietly, as they exploded for a 10-0 run to pull to within six. Sophomore guard Amanda Hellen (Somerville, MA) began the spurt with a long three-pointer and then capped it with a free throw with 3:17 left in regulation. However, Powers halted Babson's momentum with a three-point bomb of her own, giving Tufts a 59-50 lead. After the two teams traded free throws, Baker hit a driving lay-up to cut the deficit to seven, but the Beavers would come up empty on their final three possessions as Tufts went on to post the 62-54 victory.
Powers connected on 8-of-18 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the line for her game-high 23 points, while Christoudias added 10 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. The Jumbos outrebounded the Beavers by a count of 45-34, including 18 boards off the offensive glass that led to numerous second-chance points.
Babson was led by Baker, who hit 6-of-11 from the field for 15 points, and senior guard Joanna Maher (North Easton, MA), who netted 14 points to go along with a game-high five steals. Conroy turned in a solid effort off the bench for Babson, recording 13 points and eight rebounds. Senior Patricia Leahy (Dorchester, MA) blocked a career-high four shots for the Beavers, who have now lost three straight games.
Tufts opens its home season on Thursday night (Dec. 5) against Regis College.