Tufts 73    Clark 65

At Medford
Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Game Statistics

MEDFORD Sophomore forward Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) scored a career high 31 points to lead the Tufts University Women's Basketball team to a 73-65 victory over visiting Clark University on Tuesday night at Cousens Gymnasium.

Love scored 13 of those points during a 15-0 Tufts run over the final 7:22 of the first half as the Jumbos turned a 21-15 deficit into a 30-21 lead at the break. Clark came back in the second half and led twice, but Love was again a key part of a Tufts run that gave the Jumbos the lead for good. The win was the 13th in the last 14 games for Tufts, which improved to 13-2. Clark lost its second straight and fell to .500 at 8-8.

The Cougars led by nine points early as Tufts scored just two points in the first five-plus minutes. A three-pointer by Jumbo sophomore guard Erin Connolly (Syosset, NY) produced a 13-13 tie at 10:43 of the first half. Clark then initiated an 8-2 run to lead 21-15 after two free throws by freshman forward Brittney Wickles (Hatfield, MA) with 7:22 on the clock. They did not score for the remainder of the half, and Love led the Jumbos to the nine-point halftime advantage. She had 18 points at the half, while sophomore forward Echo Freeman (Maynard, MA) had six for Clark.

Tufts had the lead in double figures a few times early in the second half, including 48-37 on a lay-up by Love at 13:24. Over the next four minutes, Clark outscored the Jumbos 15-2 and took a 52-50 lead on a lay-up by Echo Freeman at 9:23. Six Cougars scored during the stretch, including three who buried three-point shots.

Tufts was able to take back the momentum and gain a 63-56 lead on a lay-up by Love at 4:17, but Clark leading scorer Rachael Turkington (Holland, MA) answered with a  three-pointer to narrow the margin to four (63-59) at the four-minute mark. The difference was also four points, 65-61, entering the final two minutes following a free throw by Clark sophomore Briana Freeman (Maynard, MA). Despite shooting just 57.1 percent (16/28) from the free throw line for the game, Tufts made six straight during the final 90 seconds to secure the victory.

Love added seven rebounds and four steals to her 31 points. Freshman guard Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) finished with 14 points and four assists for Tufts, which was ranked eighth in today's New England poll. Echo Freeman had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Cougars, while twin sister Briana Freeman added 13 points and three steals.

Clark shot just 33.3 percent from the floor (23/69), while Tufts hit 27 of 57 (47.4%) including a 12 for 15 effort by Love. The rebounds were a narrow 42-41 edge to Tufts.