COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 91 Gordon 58
Thursday, December 4, 2003
MEDFORD – Junior forward Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) scored on 11 of her 15 shots for 24 points to lead the Tufts University Jumbos to a 91-58 rout of Gordon College on Thursday night at Cousens Gym.
For the third straight game, all at home, the Jumbos gained control early and pounded an opponent. Against Gordon they scored the first nine points of the game and didn't look back while improving to 4-1 overall. The Scots, previously unbeaten early on, dropped to 3-1.
After falling behind 9-0 out of the gate, Gordon got within eight points at 17-9 following two free throws by junior co-captain Sarah DeLuca (Gray, ME) eight minutes into the first half. They would get no closer. Tufts initiated a 15-4 run that gave them a 32-13 lead on a three-pointer by freshman Jenny Muller (Andover, MA). Love had six points during the stretch and led Tufts with 16 at the half, when the Jumbos led 47-21. Freshman Sarah Frink (Gardiner, ME) had nine at the break for Gordon.
The lead grew early in the second half. It was 35 points, 60-25, when Love hit a lay-up four minutes in. The spread remained in the 30s for the remainder of the game as Tufts increased its margin-of-victory in three home games to 35.3 points. They beat Johnson & Wales 98-47 and Babson 79-57.
Head Coach Carla Berube's team continued to be crisp offensively and intense on defense. Senior tri-captain Erin Buckley (East Sandwich, MA) finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks. Muller had her best game thus far with 13 points, including 3 for 3 from three-point territory. The Jumbos shot 46.5 percent overall (40/86), including 43.8 from beyond the arch (7/16). Tufts had a 50 to 34 advantage in rebounds and earned 27 assists on their 40 baskets, with no player recording more than four.
Frink topped the Scots with 16 points and added seven rebounds. DeLuca was also in double-digits with 13 points while gathering seven rebounds and blocking four shots. Senior Lindsey Benson (Andover, NH) corralled 10 rebounds.