Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
WHEATON WOMEN BEAT TUFTS AT THE BUZZER AGAIN
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Wheaton 63 Tufts 62
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
|Valerie Krah is now five three-pointers shy
of tying the Tufts all-time mark
MEDFORD -- Wheaton College senior Kim McCormack (Milton, MA) beat the
buzzer with a lay-up off a pass from junior Becky Aitchison
(Norwalk, CT) to give the visiting Lyons a dramatic 63-62 win at
Tufts University in non-conference women's basketball action on
Tuesday night at Cousens Gym.
The game marked the second straight year that Wheaton defeated Tufts
in the last second. Last year, Aitchison took an in-bounds pass with
just over a second showing on the clock and launched a three-pointer
that gave Wheaton a 62-59 victory. Tuesday night's heroics gave the
Lyons (11-6) their seventh win in the last eight games. Sophomore Krystin Hickey (Manchester, NH) led the visitors with a game-high 23
points and eight rebounds.
Tufts (11-6) lost for the first time in five games. Senior Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) scored 17 points and junior
(Litchfield, ME) added 15 points and eight rebounds.
The game was tightly contested throughout. Four times the Jumbos led
by seven points, and those were the largest margins. The latest
occasion was 47-40 after two free throws by senior co-captain Laura Jasinski (Leverett, MA) at 10:45 of the second half. However,
Wheaton answered with a 10-2 rally to lead 50-49 on Hickey's jumper
at 7:46. She had six points overall during the run.
A lay-up by Ummah at 6:35 gave the Jumbos a lead that they would
hold by a slim margin for the next three minutes. Then a
three-pointer by Wheaton's Bri Smith (Westford, MA) tied the score
at 58-58 with 2:35 on the clock. Wheaton had four chances during one
possession to take the lead, but eventually turned the ball over.
Taryn Miller-Stevens (Avon, CT) scored a lay-up to put Tufts back on
top 60-58, but Hickey nailed a huge three on the Lyons' next trip
down the floor and it was 61-60 Wheaton heading into the final
A Tufts miss followed by a Wheaton turnover led to Krah's swooping
lay-up with nine seconds remaining that put Tufts ahead 62-61.
Wheaton called time out with six seconds left. As time ran down,
Aitchison dropped a pass to a wide-open McCormack, and her lay-up
fell through the twine as the buzzer sounded to win it for Wheaton.
The Lyons, who trailed 33-29 at the half, finished an impressive 7
for 11 from three-point territory (63.6 percent) and were a decent
45.3 percent from the floor overall (24/53). Smith finished with 10
points to complement Wheaton's attack, and Casey Sorbara (Port
Chester, NY) added five assists and three steals.
With three three-pointers, Krah is now five shy of tying the Tufts
all-time mark of 126 set by Carrie Hironaka from 1995-99. Jasinski
had nine points and nine rebounds in the game.