Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
TUFTS 7-0 IN NESCAC AFTER 58-53 COMEBACK WIN OVER WILLIAMS
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 58 Williams 53
Saturday, February 3, 2007
|Senior Laura Jasinski made key contributions
to the team's victory on Seniors' Day
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's basketball team erased a
10-point deficit with a 27-12 run in the final 13 minutes of the
game and defeated Williams College, 58-53, in NESCAC action at
Cousens Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. The win lifts the Jumbos to
7-0 in the conference and sets up a first-place showdown between
Tufts and #2 in the nation Bowdoin next Friday night in Maine.
Playing on Seniors' Day at Tufts, the Class of 2007 was instrumental
in the victory for the Jumbos (15-6 overall). Valerie Krah
(Mountain Lakes, NJ) led Tufts with 18 points and seven assists.
Laura Jasinski (Leverett, MA) added eight points, including
back-to-back hoops around the five-minute mark in the second half
that gave Tufts a six-point lead (53-47). Taryn Miller-Stevens
(Avon, CT) iced the victory with three free throws in the final
30 seconds, and Libby Park (Massena, NY) finished with six
points, six rebounds and two blocks.
Williams (17-5, 4-3 NESCAC) was led by senior Maggie Miller's
(Wellesley, MA) game-high numbers of 22 points, 11 rebounds and four
steals. Senior co-captain Megan O'Malley (Topsfield, MA) recorded
six points and eight rebounds for the Ephs.
The visiting Ephs led at the half, 27-24, after trailing by seven
early. The Jumbos turned the ball over 17 times in the first 20
minutes. Miller had eight points at the break for Williams while
Krah had eight for the Jumbos.
Williams was up 41-31 at the 13:35 of the second half after two free
throws by Ellen Wilk (Guilford, CT). Sophomore Mika Peterman (Los
Altos, CA) drilled two three-pointers at the beginning of the second
half and Miller had six points to help the Ephs build the 10-point
Krah started the Jumbo comeback with a three-pointer, one of three
in the game for the recently-crowned all-time leader at Tufts. While
the seniors were doing their part, junior Jenna Gomez (Norfolk,
MA) and sophomore Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT) were
representing for the rest of the Jumbos during the game-changing
run. Moynihan, who finished with 10 points, hit a three to cut the
Williams lead to 43-40 at the 10:40 mark. Then two baskets by Gomez,
sandwiched around a lay-up by Moynihan, gave Tufts their first lead
since the first half at 46-45 with 8:23 on the clock.
Miller answered with a quick hoop for Wiliams, but with a three by
Moynihan and Jasinski's consecutive baskets the Jumbos were up six.
Miller (14 points in the second half) had another hoop at 2:24 that
pulled Williams within 53-49. Krah added two free throws to the
Jumbo lead at 1:07, but Eph senior Meghan Stetson (Clinton, NJ)
drained a three-pointer to make it a one-possession game (55-52)
with 36 seconds on the clock.
The Ephs would miss their final four shots, while Miller-Stevens
added her free throws to secure the victory for Tufts.