Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
#18 TUFTS WEARS DOWN BATES IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL, 61-46
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 61, Bates 46
At Lewiston, ME
Saturday, January 26, 2008
|Sophomore Casey Sullivan helped the Jumbo
cause with eight points off the bench
LEWISTON, Me -- No. 18 nationally ranked Tufts
University exerted defensive dominance en route to a 61-46 NESCAC
women's basketball victory at Bates College on Saturday afternoon.
The Jumbos (16-1, 2-1 NESCAC) held the host Bobcats (10-6, 1-2) to
24.6 percent shooting in the game, including 18.8 percent in the
first half, allowing Tufts to build a 28-15 lead at the half and
wear Bates down the rest of the way. Tufts entered the weekend
ranked in the top 15 nationally in field goal percentage and in
rebounding margin, and the Jumbos outperformed the Bobcats 51-34 on
the glass, Bates' worst margin this season by seven rebounds.
Tufts first-year guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) was the
lone Jumbo to score in double figures, with 17 points to go with
five assists. Three Jumbos entered double figures in rebounds:
senior Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME) and junior Katie
Tausanovitch (Lyme, NH) with 12 apiece, and senior Jenna
Gomez (Norfolk, MA) with 10. Ummah scored nine points, while
Gomez, Tausanovitch, junior Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT)
and sophomore Casey Sullivan (Berlin, CT) all added eight
Bates senior Meg Coffin (Westford, MA) led
the Bobcats with 15 points, but was held to four rebounds, well
under her average. Junior Val Beckwith scored 12 points with a
team-high nine rebounds, and senior Sarah Barton (Portsmouth, NH)
dished out nine assists.
Tausanovitch hit a lay-up on
a Moynihan assist with 11:27 to play in the first half, giving Tufts
a lead, at 9-8, that the Jumbos wouldn't relinquish. Tufts held
Bates scoreless from the 13:44 mark to the 7:30 mark of the first
period, then allowed only five more points for the rest of the
period while building a lead as high as 14 (28-14) before
intermission. The numbers at the break told a cold tale for Bates,
which shot 0-8 behind the arc and 3-9 at the foul line in the
Bates turned its fortunes around at the free
throw line in the second half, hitting 12 of 14 attempts, while
trying to claw back into the game. But the Bobcats remained cold
from long range (1-5) and weren't much warmer from the field,
hitting 9 of 29 shots (.310). Bates closed the gap to as low as
eight points, when a pair of free throws by sophomore Danielle
Schaefers (Barrington, RI) made it 35-27 with 13:41 to play. But a
quick 7-2 spurt, featuring a steal and a pair of lay-ups by
Sullivan, nudged the Tufts lead back to 15 (44-29) with under 10
minutes to play. Bates cut the lead back to 10 (52-42) with 2:38
left, but couldn't find the firepower to make up the entire deficit.
Gomez scored five straight points and Hart canned all four of her
foul shots in the final minute to seal the win.
will next play at Connecticut College on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 pm.
Bates has a non-league game at Wentworth Institute of Technology on
Tuesday at 7 pm.