COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 90 University of New England 65
At Medford, MA
Saturday, January 13, 2003
MEDFORD – Tufts matched its longest winning streak in 11 years with their seventh straight victory, 90-65, against the University of New England in women's basketball action on Monday night. The 1991-92 team opened the season with seven straight wins.
The Jumbos (7-1) built a 22-point lead in the first half against the Nor'easters and kept their distance the rest of the way. Freshman guard Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) led Tufts with 20 points, while sophomore Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) had 14 points and six rebounds. UNE, which lost its second in a row, fell to 3-6. Junior center Missy Stults (Goshen, IN) had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds for the visitors.
Tufts took control of the game with a 24-4 run spanning from 13:40 to 5:43 of the first half. That gave them a 36-16 lead on a jumper by Powers. Seven Jumbos scored points during the run, led by six from Powers. The lead twice grew to 22 points before halftime, including 44-22 on a jumper by sophomore Devin Rhoades (Oceanside, NY) with 2:27 to go until the break. They led 44-26 at halftime, with Powers' 10 points and Stults' 11 leading their respective teams.
The Nor'easters wouldn't get any closer than 15 points in the second half. A mini 5-0 run helped by a three-pointer from junior Melissa Roller (East Sandwich, MA) made the score 54-39 at 14:06 of the second half. The Jumbos then scored 14 of the next 18 points, including five by junior center Erin Buckley (East Sandwich, MA), to lead by 25, 68-43 at 10:12. The lead was less than 20 only once the rest of the way.
Tufts had its best night shooting the ball this season, hitting 53.4 percent of its shots (39/73). Sophomore Erin Connolly (Syosset, NY) chipped in with 13 points, including three threes. The Jumbos had 23 assists on 39 baskets, including five each by sophomore Krissy Nierenberg (Lebanon, NH) and freshman Julia Verplank (Zeeland, MI). Junior Maritsa Christoudias (Saddle River, NJ) had five steals as the team accumulated 22 overall.
UNE shot well also at 47.1 percent (24/51), but 37 turnovers limited their opportunities. Roller had 19 points, including three threes.
With the win, Tufts avenged a 16-point loss at the University of New England last season. Head Coach Carla Berube's team will attempt to equal the 1990-91 Tufts team's eight-game winning streak when they play at Johnson & Wales on Wednesday.