COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 75 Amherst 56
Friday, January 30, 2004
MEDFORD – Host Tufts University remained undefeated at home this season with a 75-56 victory over Amherst College in NESCAC women's basketball action on Friday night at Cousens Gymnasium. Sophomore guard Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) scored 17 points with seven assists to lead the Jumbos.
Tufts improved to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in the conference. They are 6-0 at Cousens. Amherst, paced by 14 points and 11 rebounds from sophomore Katie Latham (Wakefield, MA), dropped to 1-4 in NESCAC and 9-10 overall.
The Jumbos closed the first half with a 14-3 run to lead 36-27 at the break. Amherst had led 24-22 following a pair of free throws by freshman Kim Glazier (Boxford, MA) with 4:46 to go until halftime. Tufts then scored the next nine points to build a seven-point lead, 31-24, on a lay-up by sophomore Julia Verplank (Zeeland, MI) at 3:17. After a Glazier three-pointer for Amherst, Tufts closed the half by scoring the final five points. Powers and Verplank each scored five points during the 14-3 run that put the game in Tufts' favor. Powers had 11 points at the half, the only player in double-digits.
The Tufts lead was in double-digits for all but the opening 22 seconds of the second half. When junior Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) hit a lay-up at 19:38, the Jumbo advantage was 38-27 and it would never be smaller. It increased to as much as 20 points, 66-46, on a three-pointer by junior Erin Connolly (Syosset, NY) at 6:26. The Jeffs closed the gap to 12 points, 66-54, on a lay-up by senior Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA) at 3:11, but the Jumbos scored the next seven points to put it away.
Verplank added 14 points and four steals to the Tufts effort, while senior tri-captain Maritsa Christoudias (Saddle River, NJ) submitted a strong game with nine points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Amherst had four players in double-digits, including 11 points each by sophomore Kristine Morin (Litchfield, MA) and Glazier. The Jeffs did not miss a free throw, sinking all nine of their attempts. They were only 33.3 percent from the field though (23/69), including 1 for 9 from thee-point land.