Williams 69            Tufts 61

At Medford
Saturday, February 15, 2003

Game Statistics

MEDFORD Visiting Williams College overcame a 16-point, second-half deficit and posted a 69-61 victory against Tufts University in NESCAC Women's Basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gymnasium.

Sophomore Kerri McMahon (Denville, NJ) scored 13 points (7-7 free throws) to lead five Williams players who scored in double figures. The Ephs improved to 17-6 overall and 6-3 in NESCAC. Playing its regular-season finale, Tufts dropped to 17-6 and 4-5 in the league. Sophomore forward Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) had 16 points for the Jumbos.

Tufts closed the first half with a 15-4 run over the final four minutes to lead 40-30 at halftime. Love had 12 points at the break for Tufts, while senior Amy Geant (Scarborough, ME) scored eight for Williams. The Jumbos shot 60 percent (15/25) from the field in the first 20 minutes.

The hosts then opened the second half by scoring the first six points to lead by 16, 46-30, on a jumper by freshman guard Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) at 18:13. Tufts maintained a double-digit lead over the next seven minutes, but the Ephs used an 18-6 run to pull within three points, 54-51, on a lay up by senior Abi Jackson (Jamaica Plain, MA) at 8:56. She and McMahon each had seven points during the run.

Tufts held on to a slim advantage until two free throws by Williams freshman Sarah Dickens (Washington, DC) tied the game at 59 points apiece at 6:05. Another Dickens free throw at 5:39 gave the Ephs their first lead (60-59) since 26-25. Williams extended the lead to 67-59 when senior guard Kate Stumpo (Walpole, MA) capped a 10-0 run with a lay up at 2:47. Tufts was within six, 67-61, on two free throws by Powers at 2:25, but would not score again. The Jumbos missed their last 12 shots from the field in the final seven minutes.

Stumpo and Geant both finished with 12 points for Williams, who also received 10 points and nine rebounds from senior Melissa Skeffington (Woburn, MA). The only other Jumbo to join Love in double figures was freshman guard Julia Verplank (Zeeland, MI) with 11 points. Williams won the battle of the boards, 48-38.

Both teams will play in the conference tournament that starts a week from today (February 22).