COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 86 Connecticut College 56
At Medford, MA
Friday, January 17, 2003
MEDFORD – Tufts set a team record with its ninth straight victory, 86-56, over Connecticut College in the NESCAC women's basketball opener for both teams on Friday night at Cousens Gymnasium. Freshman sensation Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) led five Jumbos in double figures with 19 points.
Head Coach Carla Berube's Jumbos have not lost since their season opener on November 22. The nine straight wins surpasses eight-game streaks by the 1985-86 and 1990-91 teams in the record book. Tufts, which improved to 9-1, won by 30 or more points for the fourth time this season. Connecticut College, which was led by 15 points from sophomore Mollie Gage (New York, NY), lost its fourth straight and dropped to 2-8.
The Jumbos used a late first-half run to gain the lead, and then steadily built it up in the second half. Connecticut College led, 29-27, following a three-pointer by senior guard Sarah Frazier (Hadley, MA) with 3:46 to play in the first half. Tufts then closed the half with a 13-3 run, including eight straight points and two steals by Powers, to lead 40-32 at the break. They did not trail again. Powers and Gage both had 10 points at the break.
The Jumbos opened a 12-point lead five minutes into the second half, but two free throws by Gage at 13:23 pulled the Camels to within nine points, 53-44. An offensive rebound and put-back by Tufts sophomore forward Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) on the ensuing possession put the Jumbo lead at 11, 55-44, and it remained in double digits the rest of the way. With a 19-5 Tufts run capped by four free throws on a personal foul and technical foul against the Camels with the clocked stopped at 2:37, the lead ballooned to 24, 79-55. Eight Jumbos scored during the stretch to put the record-setting win away.
Tufts, 5-0 at home now, held the Camels to just six points over the final nine minutes. Junior guard Maritsa Christoudias (Saddle River, NJ) finished with 17 points for the Jumbos, and Love added 12 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. The Jumbos had 23 assists on 36 baskets, including seven by Powers.
Connecticut College, 0-8 away from home, got 12 points and six rebounds from senior forward Margaret Guernsey (Essex, CT), and 10 points with five rebounds by junior guard Erin Shields (Savannah, GA).