Tufts 65            Brandeis 52

At Medford, MA
Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Game Statistics

MEDFORD Host Tufts led by as many as 19 and withstood a late run to hold on for a 65-52 victory over local rival Brandeis University in Division III women's basketball action on Tuesday night at Cousens Gymnasium. Sophomore forward Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) posted her third straight double-double for the Jumbos, pacing the squad with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Juniors Danielle Fitzpatrick (Stratham, NH) and Jayne Wise (Chatham, NJ) scored 11 points each for the Judges, who suffered their first back-to-back losses of the season. 

Head Coach Carla Berube's Jumbos (10-2) were cold at the tip-off, missing their first four shots as the Judges (8-4) quickly built a 7-0 lead. A layup by sophomore forward Krissy Nierenberg (Lebanon, NH) finally put the Jumbos on the board just under three minutes into the game. After a Fitzpatrick jumper put the Judges up 9-2, Nierenberg hit consecutive free-throws to key off an 11-4 Tufts run, knotting up the contest at 13. The teams traded baskets until freshman Julia Verplank's (Zeeland, MI) layup at 9:51 gave the Jumbos a 19-17 edge, and the home team never looked back. Tufts held a slim three-point lead with just under 20 seconds to go before a layup by junior Erin Buckley (East Sandwich, MA) and subsequent steal and assist by junior Maritsa Christoudias (Ramsey, NJ) amounted to a four-point blitz, giving the Jumbos a 37-30 halftime edge. Verplank led all scorers at the break with 9 points on 4-4 shooting from the floor.

In the second half, it was Brandeis' turn to emerge from the locker room ice-cold. The Judges missed their first four shots of the half and proceeded to shoot 2-19 from the field as Tufts built a 52-33 lead with 11:19 remaining. The Jumbos out-rebounded their opponents 19-8 in that sequence. The Judges finally heated up a few minutes later. A Fitzpatrick jumper with 3:37 to go capped a 15-4 Brandeis run, pulling the visitors within eight points. They could not get any closer, however, as the Jumbos put the game away at the free-throw line.

With the win, Tufts improved to 6-1 at home and 10-2 overall. Buckley and Nierenberg tallied 12 points each for the Jumbos. Tufts' leading scorer, freshman Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY), shot only 11 percent from the field, but led the team with four assists to go with her seven points, six rebounds and two steals. The Jumbos out-rebounded their opponents by a 55-46 margin. 

Brandeis, 4-3 on the road and 8-4 overall, got 10 points from sophomore Lisa Pritzlaff (Highland, NY). Junior Audra Lissell (Plympton, MA) led the Judges with nine rebounds in the loss.