JUMBOS BOMB REGIS IN HOME OPENER, 93-36

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 93            Regis 36

At Medford, MA
Thursday, December 5, 2002

Game Statistics

MEDFORD The Tufts University Women's Basketball team opened its 2002-03 home schedule at Cousens Gym with a convincing 93-36 victory over Regis College in local women's basketball action on Thursday night. Freshman Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) led Tufts scorers with 20 points, shooting 9 for 13 from the floor.

Tufts (3-1), which won its third straight, had the game well in hand early. After a slow start by both teams, the Jumbos scored 14 straight points early in the first half to produce a 16-2 lead on layup by junior Erin Buckley (East Sandwich, MA) at 13:54. Buckley had six points for the Jumbos during that stretch. Regis cut the margin to nine points, 18-9, on a jumper by senior center Karrie Barber (Manchester, NH) with 9:55 to go in the half. Tufts answered with a three-pointer by sophomore Erin Connolly (Syosset, NY) on its next trip down the floor to lead 21-9, and their advantage was double figures the rest of the way.

The Jumbos pushed their lead to as many as 34 points in the first half when freshman Julia Verplank (Zeeland, MI) hit two free throws to make it 47-13 with a minute left. Their lead was 47-16 at the half. Powers had 11 points at the break and Buckley had eight for Tufts. Sophomore Cait Connolly (Weare, NH) and freshman Charlotte Southern (Braintree, MA) each had four at the half for Regis.

The lead did not dip below 30 points in the second half. It reached 40, 63-23, on two free throws by sophomore Devin Rhoades (Oceanside, NY) at 13:11. Then it became a 50-point margin, 75-25, following a layup by sophomore Kasey Scarbrough (Ridgefield, CT) at 7:55. It peaked at 59 points, 93-34, following two free throws by Verplank with one minute remaining. The 57-point final margin topped Tufts' 47-point win (67-20) over Emerson on November 23 at the MIT Classic. It was the largest margin of victory by a Tufts team since the 1991-92 Jumbos opened their season with a 59-point, 90-31 win over UMass Boston.

The Jumbos had seven players score eight points or more. Buckley finished with 12, while sophomore Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) added 10. Freshman Katherine Miller (Bangor, ME) was the top Tufts rebounder with seven, while Powers and Verplank each made five steals.

Regis turned the ball over 34 times, including 20 in the first half. They also shot just 28.0 percent (14/50). The Pride were led by 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks by Southern. Connolly added eight points for Regis.

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