TUFTS OVERPOWERS MIT, 66-40, FOR 18TH VICTORY
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Tufts 66 MIT 40
At Cambridge, MA
Thursday, February 19, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Tufts Women's Basketball team won its 18th game - the most by the Jumbos since 1987 - with a 66-40 non-conference victory at MIT on Thursday night. Sophomore guard Julia Verplank (Zeeland, MI) paced the Jumbos (18-5) with 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting, including hitting 2 of 2 from three-point range. Samia Mahjub had a game-high 13 points and nine rebounds for the Engineers (3-19).
Tufts rattled off 19 unanswered points before a jumper by Cherelle Walls put Tech on the scoreboard at the 12:40 mark. MIT was able to cut the Jumbos' lead to 10 points (27-17) with 3:13 remaining in the half. This would be as close as the Engineers would get as Tufts entered halftime with a 31-19 advantage.
The Jumbos continued to dominate in the second stanza, going on a 23-9 run to take a 54-28 lead with 8:41 left to play. Both teams finished the game by scoring 12 points apiece.
For Tufts, freshman Danielle Vardaro (North Reading, MA) came off the bench to score 10 points. Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) and Taryn Miller-Stevens (Avon, CT) both contributed eight points, while Miller-Stevens had four assists. Four players finished with four rebounds.
Rayna Zacks collected a game-high 10 rebounds for Tech. In 15 minutes of play, Christa Margossian tallied seven points.