Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS LOSE IN WPI INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
WPI Invitational Championship Game
WPI 61 Tufts 55
At Worcester, MA
Sunday, December 31, 2006
WORCESTER, MA -- Host WPI survived a late push by Tufts to defeat
the Jumbos, 61-55, to claim the 2006 WPI Invitational Tournament
Championship at Harrington Auditorium on Sunday.
WPI (6-4) has now won three out of the last five year-end
tournaments. Tufts, playing in the tournament for the first time,
drops to 7-2 overall.
The Engineers held a 12-point, 42-30 lead when the Jumbos made a
spirited comeback. Starting with four made free throws by Taryn
Miller-Stevens (Avon, CT), Tufts went on a 17-4 run to take a
brief 47-46 lead.
With 4:11 left and a 50-47 lead following a Valerie Krah
(Mountain Lakes, NJ) three-pointer, WPI reclaimed the lead with
a 9-0 run that saw Emily Allietta (Sandwich, MA) swish a 17-footer
to make it 50-49. She then torched the nets with a three-pointer of
her own to put the Crimson and Gray ahead, 54-50, with 2:46
Tufts made it a 56-53 game following a Miller-Stevens basket and
a free throw by Libby Park (Massena, NY), but the Engineers
scored five of the next seven points, all on free throws, to ice the
Trailing by two, 26-24, at the half, WPI went on a 14-2 run to
begin the second stanza. Kate Maki (Fitchburg, MA) opened the half
with a three-pointer, before Karen Krasko (North Branford, CT),
Meghan Pajonas (Bristol, CT) and Caitlin Macko (Cromwell, CT) all
Krah led all scorers with 15 points, while Miller-Stevens added
14. Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) scored 10 for the Jumbos.
For WPI, Macko and Pajonas each scored 11 points, while Allietta
contributed 10 points to the victory.
Pajonas was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The
All-Tournament Team is as follows: Allietta - WPI, Laura Jasinski
(Leverett, MA) - Tufts, Vanessa Arthurton (Troy, NY) -
Plattsburgh State, and Paige Schneider (Windsor, CT) - Elms.