Tufts 61            MIT 56            ot

At Medford, MA
Saturday, December 7, 2002

Game Statistics

 MEDFORD Local rivals Tufts University and MIT went into overtime before the host Jumbos prevailed with a 61-56 victory in an exciting women's basketball game at Cousens Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) and sophomore Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) combined for seven points as the Jumbos outscored MIT, 9-4, in overtime.

Freshman Julia Verplank (Zeeland, MI) was the only Jumbo in double figures with 12 points as Tufts won its fourth straight to improve to 4-1. MIT senior co-captain Crystal Russell (West Reading, PA) had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Engineers, who dropped their third straight.

Neither team led by more than eight points during a fast-paced game. A layup by Love (9 points, 9 rebounds) at 10:04 of the first half gave Tufts a 20-12 lead that was the largest margin of the day. MIT erased that deficit with a 14-4 run over the next five minutes to lead, 26-24, on a three-pointer by senior co-captain Megan Daugherty (Manchester, CT). Tufts regained the lead and took a 32-29 edge into the half. Verplank had eight points for Tufts and Russell had 12 for MIT at the break.

The second half continued the same way, with neither team able to establish any momentum. The biggest lead was six points by Tufts, 52-46, on a layup by junior forward Kate Gluckman (Morrisville, VT) with 4:54 remaining. Tufts did not score again, with MIT tallying the final six points to tie the game at 52-52 at the end of regulation. Junior Maria Hidalgo (Auburn, WA) hit the game-tying jumper with 54 seconds remaining. Neither team was able to do anything with their final chances in the last minute.

In overtime, Tufts took a 58-53 lead powered by two layups from Powers. MIT closed the margin to two points, 58-56, following two free throws by Hidalgo at 1:17. The Jumbos added a pair of free throws by Hillary Dunn (Medfield, MA) with 22 seconds left, while MIT missed its two shots in the final minute.

Tufts won despite shooting just 30.5 percent (25/82), including 1 for 17 from three-point territory. They forced MIT into committing 33 turnovers. Powers finished with seven steals. Hidalgo had 14 points for MIT, while sophomore Rayna Zacks (Glencoe, IL) grabbed 11 rebounds.

Both teams are now off for a few weeks during the semester break.