Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS CLINCH HOME BERTH IN NESCAC TOURNAMENT
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 61 Middlebury 50
Friday, February 2, 20078
|Valerie Krah is the new queen of
three-pointers at Tufts after hitting her 127th against
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's basketball team clinched a
home berth in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament with a 61-50 victory
over Middlebury College on Friday night at Cousens Gymnasium. Senior
Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) scored 21 points for the
Jumbos, breaking the team's career record for three-pointers in the
Tufts stormed to a 26-6 lead in the first half and withstood a
Middlebury comeback attempt in the second half to record the win.
The Jumbos improved their best-ever start in the conference to 6-0
and are now 14-6 overall. Middlebury lost its fourth straight and
dropped to 10-10 overall and 2-4 in the league.
Krah hit a three-pointer at 9:31 of the first half to give the
Jumbos a 22-6 lead. It was the 127th of her career, passing Carrie
Hironaka (1995-99) in the Tufts record book. Krah's 21 points were a
season-high. Junior Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) added 14 points
to the Jumbo attack, while senior co-captain Laura Jasinski (Leverett,
MA) finished with eight points and 11 rebounds. Tufts had a big
54-39 advantage in rebounds, with senior co-captain Libby Park
(Massena, NY) also grabbing 11.
Junior Lani Young (Concord, NH) had 12 points to lead the visitors.
Classmate Katie Fisher (Oakland, CA) was the only other Panther in
double figures with 10 points. Aylie Baker (Yarmouth, ME) had six
points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Middlebury finished just 19
for 68 from the floor (27.9 percent) including 4 for 20 (20%) from
The Jumbos owned two 20-point leads in the first half. They sprinted
to a 7-0 lead and then used a 19-4 stretch to go ahead 26-6 with
3:27 to play until halftime. They would lead 29-9 with 90 seconds
until halftime and were up 31-15 at the break. Gomez had nine points
at the half to lead Tufts. Middlebury sophomore Emily Johnson (Lower
Gwynedd, PA) had five points.
Middlebury showed resiliency in the second half, coming out of the
locker room with a 13-3 run that got them within six at 34-28 on a
three-pointer by Johnson at 15:41. Five different Panthers
contributed to the stretch. The Jumbos stopped the spurt with six
straight points of their own to lead 40-28 at the 10-minute mark.
Krah and Gomez had three points apiece.
Tufts pushed the margin to 16 points, 46-30, at 8:06 on a lay-up by
Krah. However, the Panthers again hung tough and were within seven
points, 51-44, with three minutes to go. Young had eight points
during that 14-5 streak for the visitors. The Jumbos were able to
keep Middlebury at bay with a five-point swing, and went on to the
By virtue of its 6-0 record in NESCAC, Tufts has earned one of the
four home-court berths into the conference tournament that starts on
February 17. It marks just the second time in the seven-year history
of the tournament that the Jumbos will host a first-round game.