Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
KRAH'S THREE LIFTS JUMBOS OVER WESLEYAN, 50-48
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 50 Wesleyan 48
Saturday, January 27, 2007
|Valerie Krah - Her three-pointer won the
game and also tied her for the all-time Tufts lead in the
MEDFORD -- Senior Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes,
NJ) drained a three-pointer from the left corner with nine
seconds remaining to give the Tufts women's basketball team an
exciting 50-48 victory over Wesleyan University in a back-and-forth
NESCAC game on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gym.
The winning basket was set up by a defensive gem from senior
Taryn Miller-Stevens (Avon, CT). With the Cardinals leading
48-47, Miller-Stevens tied up Wesleyan's Nikki Maletta (Durham, CT)
with the possession arrow pointing to Tufts. After a time-out,
Krah's three gave Tufts the lead. Wesleyan called time out, then
Maletta's drive to the hoop missed. Meredith Lowe (Philadelphia, PA)
grabbed the offensive rebound, but could not get a good enough
handle to put up a shot.
That sequence finished a thrilling second half that saw the teams
trade runs. Trailing 22-17 at the half, the Jumbos scored the first
12 points of the second half to lead 29-22 on a lay-up by
Miller-Stevens at 16:25. Junior Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA)
scored six points during the run.
Wesleyan responded with a lengthy 17-3 run to take a 41-35 lead with
6:14 to play. Five Cardinals scored during the stretch, including
four points by sophomore guard Ali Fourney (East Northport, NY). She
would finish as the game-high scorer with 20 points.
A jumper by Maletta at 4:33 had the Cardinals up 43-37, but Tufts
scored the next seven points to lead 44-43 after a pair of free
throws by Gomez at 2:53. Krah had a big three during that spurt, and
her two three-pointers on the day gave her 126 for her career. That
ties her for first on the Tufts all-time list with Carrrie Hironaka
With the back-and-forth action electrifying the gym, Fourney drained
a big three to give Wesleyan a 46-44 margin at 2:40. Tufts answered
on its ensuing trip down the floor with a lay-up by junior
Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, MA) to tie it at 46-46. The teams
went scoreless for the next 90 seconds until Fourney again gave Wes
the lead (48-46) with a jumper at 0:54.
Krah was fouled with 31 seconds to go and hit one of two free
throws. Wesleyan called time out with 21 seconds left, but turned
the ball over when Miller-Stevens pressured Maletta after she
received the in-bounds pass. The Jumbos would go on to post the
The first half had been more of a struggle for both teams, with the
score only 9-9 at the 10-minute mark. The Cardinals scored the final
six points of the half to lead by five at the break.
Tufts is off to its best start ever in NESCAC play with a 5-0 record
and they improved to 13-6 overall. They have won six of their last
seven. Krah led the Jumbos with 11 points and seven steals, while
Gomez continued to come into her own with 10 points, nine rebounds
and four steals. Miller-Stevens finished with 10 points, five
rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Fourney added nine rebounds and four steals to her game for Wes,
which also got 10 points from Maletta and 12 rebounds from Lowe. The
Cardinals, losers of four straight now, fell to 11-7 and 2-3.