Wesleyan 79   Tufts 76 ot

At Medford
Saturday, January 18, 2003

Game Statistics

MEDFORD Senior co-captain Shaleen Bowman (Guilford, CT) hit an open three-pointer with 14 seconds remaining in overtime to make the difference in Wesleyan's 79-76 victory over Tufts in NESCAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

With their fifth straight win, #24 Wesleyan improved to 13-1 overall and 2-0 in the league. Freshman Hannah Stubbs (Arlington, VA) led the Cardinals with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Bowman finished with 18 points. Tufts, which had its team record nine-game winning streak ended, was led by 21 points and 11 rebounds from sophomore forward Allison Love (Duxbury, MA).

The visiting Cardinals came back from a late seven-point deficit to send the game into overtime. Tufts led, 69-62, after a free throw by freshman guard Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) with 1:31 to go in regulation. Wesleyan scored the final seven points of the half to tie the score at 69-69 on a three-point play by Stubbs with 36 seconds remaining. She had five of the final seven points for Wes. The Jumbos had plenty of time for a potential winning basket. Powers missed a jumper and Love grabbed the offensive rebound with 19 seconds to go. After a time out, the Jumbos couldn't get a final shot off, turning the ball over with one second left.

The teams went back and forth in overtime, with the margin never more than one point until Bowman's three. Tufts had an opportunity to tie the game with 14 seconds to play, but Powers' last-second three-pointer was blocked by Bowman and time expired.

The game was close throughout, with seven points serving as the largest margin for either team. The Cardinals had a 33-26 advantage at 2:29 of the first half following a lay-up by Stubbs. They led 38-32 at the break behind Stubbs' nine points and seven rebounds in the first half. Love had 11 points for Tufts in the first half.

The Jumbos tied the score at 42-42 at 12:41 of the second half, capping a 10-4 run with a three-point play by Powers. A 9-3 spurt gave the Jumbos a 64-57 lead at 3:14 following a lay-up by senior guard Hillary Dunn (Medfield, MA). They could not add to the lead though, and Wesleyan finished strong to force overtime.

Senior co-captain Kamica Lewis (Jamaica Hills, NY) had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals. Powers had 16 points and sophomore forward Krissy Nierenberg (Lebanon, NH) had 12 points with six rebounds to aid the Tufts attack.