Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS WIN HOME OPENER OVER SIMMONS, 82-50
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 82 Simmons 50
Thursday, December 7, 2006
MEDFORD -- After playing their first five games
on the road, the Tufts University women's basketball team christened
another season at home in Cousens Gymnasium with an 82-50 win
against Simmons College in a non-league game on Thursday night.
Junior forward Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME) led the Jumbos
with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Tufts represented itself well on the road to
open the season, winning four of their five games including
Tuesday's 61-43 victory at #18 Salem State College. They followed
that up with a dominating home opening victory tonight, leading by
double digits for nearly 30 minutes of play. Tufts improved to 5-1
overall while Simmons, which was led by 13 points from Lauren
Kreckie (Braintree, MA), dropped to 2-4.
A three-pointer by Jumbo senior Valerie Krah
(Mountain Lakes, NJ) with 9:50 remaining in the first half gave
the Jumbos a 17-7 lead. The margin increased to as much as 26 points
(41-15) in the first half when Katie Wholey (Marshfield, MA)
scored a lay-up with 2:11 on the clock. The Jumbos led 43-21 at the
break, with Krah's 11 points (three three-pointers) leading the way.
Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) had eight points at the half for
the Jumbos and senior Taryn Miller-Stevens (Avon, CT) had six
assists. Kreckie scored nine points in the first 20 minutes for the
Simmons came out of the locker room strong,
forcing Tufts coach Carla Berube to call a time out early in the
second half. They scored the first 10 points to cut the Jumbo lead
to 43-31 on a three-pointer by Sarah Clayton (East Falmouth, MA).
She had eight of the 10 points during the stretch. A three-pointer
by Kelly Larkin (Topsfield, MA) had Simmons within 12 at 46-34 with
16:27 on the clock.
Tufts answered by scoring the next 10 points,
eight by Ummah, to lead 56-34 at 13:22. The margin did not dip below
20 points after that. The final margin of 32 points, which Tufts
reached twice, was the largest of the game.
Four Jumbos finished in double figures for
scoring. Krah had 13 points along with two assists, two blocks and
two steals. Tufts blocked eight shots overall. Gomez contributed 11
points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals. Freshman
Casey Sullivan (Berlin, CT) added five rebounds to her 10
points. Miller-Stevens had eight points, eight assists and three
steals. Tufts nabbed 17 steals overall and owned the boards with a
57-32 advantage. They grabbed an amazing 29 offensive rebounds to 20
defensive caroms by the Sharks.
Simmons was held to 34 percent shooting (17/50)
by the Jumbos. Clayton ended the game with 11 points, including
three three-pointers. Junior Nikki Cohen (Wellesley, MA) recorded
eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks.