DUNN'S FREE THROWS LIFT TUFTS OVER WHEATON, 66-64
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 66 Wheaton 64
At Norton, MA
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
NORTON - Senior captain Hillary Dunn (Medfield, MA) hit a pair of foul shots with 1.4 seconds left to give Tufts University a 66-64 victory over Wheaton College in a non-league women's basketball game Tuesday night in Emerson Gymnasium. The Jumbos improve their record to 16-5, the most wins by a Tufts team since 1989-90. With the loss, the Lyons drop to 7-12 overall.
The Jumbos sprinted out to a 19-4 lead with 11:02 to play in the first half, putting Wheaton in a large deficit early in the contest. Freshman Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) had 10 points in the half, including two three-pointers during that opening spurt. The Jumbos held a 26-6 lead with over 10 minutes to go, but Wheaton was able to claw back into the game.
Junior Amanda Dow-Allen hit a three-pointer at the 9:02 minute mark, which gave the Lyons some much-needed momentum. Sophomore Vanessa Savas converted 10 of Wheaton's next 12 points, including eight straight at one point, to get her team back within striking distance. With 19 seconds remaining, Dow-Allen hit another shot from beyond the arc to bring the Lyons within 10 points at 40-30. Wheaton sophomore Deverie Stover was then able to capitalize on a Lyon steal and hit a running bank shot as time expired, making the score 40-32 at the intermission.
The Jumbos, who shot 56.0 percent (14/25) from the field in the first half, could only muster a 33.3 percentage (10/30) in the second half, which allowed the Lyons to climb back into the game. The Blue and White tied the game at the 14:37 minute mark on a Kate Williams three-pointer. The Jumbos expanded their lead back to 10 points with just over five minutes to play, but Wheaton fought back one more time, leading to a tight finish.
With 1:37 to go, Wheaton senior guard Kerry Deshefy converted a three-point play to tie the game at 61 points apiece. Seconds later, Powers responded for the Jumbos with a shot from long range to give the visitors a 64-61 lead. With 53 ticks left, Dow Allen answered with a three of her own to tie the game at 64 points each down the stretch. Stover was unable to convert the game-winning basket with three seconds to play and Dunn was fouled attempting to get the ball up the floor for one final shot, paving the way for her late-game heroics.
Powers registered a game-high 21 points (8/14 FG, 3/6 3-pt FG) for the Jumbos, while junior Erin Buckley (East Sandwich, MA) added nine points and a game-high seven boards. Dunn also finished with nine points and a game-best six assists. Dow-Allen led the Lyons with a career-high tying five three-point field goals made, which was good for 19 points (5/8 3-pt FG, 4/4 FT). Wheaton also got 15 points (7/9 FG) and four rebounds from Savas, while Stover added a career-high 14 points (6/10 FG) in the loss.