Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS FALL IN NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT BOWDOIN
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
NESCAC Championship Game
Bowdoin 64 Tufts 48
At Brunswick, ME
Sunday, February 25, 2007
|Khalilah Ummah had 12 points, seven rebounds
and three steals in the NESCAC championship game
BRUNSWICK, Me. -- Bowdoin College pulled away from Tufts University
in the second half to win its seventh straight NESCAC women's
basketball championship, 64-48, on Sunday afternoon. The Polar Bears
(26-1) receive the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA
Tournament. Tufts (18-8) will hope for an at-large berth into the
NCAAs, which will be announced later tonight.
The game was much tighter than the final score indicates. After a
sloppy opening 10 minutes, the teams settled into the game. Tufts
was up five points, 21-16, after a three-pointer by senior guard
Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) with 1:48 to go until
halftime. Bowdoin tied it at 21-21 on a three-pointer by Julia
Loonin and a lay-up by Eileen Flaherty, but Tufts took a 22-21 lead
into halftime on a free throw by junior Khalilah Ummah
(Litchfield, ME) with 16 seconds left.
Krah had 10 points at the half for the Jumbos, including two three
pointers, while Ummah had five points and four rebounds. Flaherty
led the Polar Beras with nine points, while Loonin and Katie
Cummings had five apiece. Tufts had a 22-16 advantage on the boards
in the first half.
The Polar Bears, who have won every conference tournament since it
was initiated in 2001, took the lead in the second half and would
not let go. Baskets by Taryn Miller-Stevens (Avon, CT) and
Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) had Tufts up, 26-22, but Bowdoin
surged to a 32-27 lead at the 15-minute mark with Loonin hitting a
three-pointer and a lay-up. They would not relinquish that lead.
After Tufts pulls to within one (32-31) on hoops by Ummah and
sophomore Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT), the Bears opened
the margin to six points, 37-31 on a three-pointer by Sabrina Cote
at 11:55. With another three by Alexa Kaubris, the hosts went up by
eight, 41-33, at 10:39. The Bowdoin lead was seven points, 44-37,
when Tufts made a push. The Jumbos pulled to within two points on a
traditional three-point play by Ummah and a jumper by senior
co-captain Laura Jasinski (Leverett, MA) that made it 44-42
with 6:44 left in regulation. However, that would be the last
momentum of the game for the Jumbos.
Kaurbis answered with lay-up, and Flaherty brought the margin to
47-42 at the free throw line. Consecutive baskets by Leah Rubega put
the Bowdoin lead at 51-42 with 4:25 on the clock. That 7-0 spurt
ignited the Polar Bears, and a Flaherty three-pointer and another
lay-up by Rubega gave the Berars a double-digit margin at 56-44 with
3:09 left. Bowdoin was money at the free throw line down the stretch
to lock up the title.
Flaherty led Bowdoin with 19 points, including 10 at the free throw
line. Four Polar Bears finished in double figures, with Loonin
adding 13, Kaubris 12 and Rubega 12. After shooting 29.6 percent in
the first half (8/27), the Polar Bears were 12 for 18 (66.7 percent)
in the second half. Rubega finished with nine rebounds and Cummings
had five assists.
Krah led Tufts with 13 points and Ummah added 12 to go with seven
rebounds. Miller-Stevens finished with seven points, four rebounds
and three assists, while Gomez had seven point and three rebounds.