Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
TUFTS GETS BY MIDDLEBURY IN NESCAC TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
NESCAC Tournament First Round
Tufts 71, Middlebury 60
At Medford, MA
Saturday, February 23, 2008
|Junior Kim Moynihan had 11 points and four
assists to help the Jumbo cause
MEDFORD -- Senior co-captain Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME)
scored 22 points with seven rebounds, four assists and four blocks
to lead #2 seed Tufts University to a 71-60 victory against #7 seed
Middlebury College in the first round of the NESCAC women's
basketball tournament on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gym.
Tufts (22-2), ranked 15th nationally, moves on to the conference
tournament semi-finals next Saturday against #3 seed Wesleyan. The
Cardinals were a 68-49 winner over Williams in another first-round
NESCAC game on Saturday. Host and top seed Amherst will play #4 seed
Bowdoin in the other semi-final next Saturday.
The Jumbos never trailed in the game against the Panthers, but
the visitors were persistent. Junior Emily Johnson (Lower Gwynedd,
PA) shot the lights out, scoring a game-high 23 points for
Middlebury. She knocked down 6 of 9 from three-point territory.
Middlebury's season is over with a 13-12 record.
Tufts had an early 15-4 advantage, with seven of the points
coming from junior Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT). The
Panthers were able to narrow the Jumbo lead to six four times in the
first half, including 24-18 after a three-pointer by Ashley Barron
(Brockton, MA) at the 10-minute mark.
After a quick start offensively by both teams, they were less
successful in the next 10 minutes of the first half. The Jumbos led
36-23 on a three-pointer by sophomore Vanessa Miller (Cincinatti,
OH) with 2:56 to go until intermission. Johnson scored five
points in the final two-and-a-half minutes to get the margin into
single-digits, 36-28, by the half. She had 14 at the break, while
Ummah had eight for the Jumbos.
Middlebury came out strong in the second half and tied the score
at 38-38 when Johnson capped a 10-2 run with a three-pointer at
17:29. Ummah's lay-up at the other end gave the lead back to Tufts
for good, but it was a tight ballgame until the Jumbos blew it open
with a run. Leading 46-42 at 12:12, the Jumbos scored the next 17
points to go ahead 63-42 with 5:49 left in regulation. Seven points
by first-year guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) spurred the
stretch for the hosts.
The Panthers again showed some resilience by cutting the deficit
to 11 points (67-56) with 90 seconds to go. However, the Jumbo lead
was too big and the hosts advanced to the NESCAC semi-finals for the
second straight year.
The Jumbos shot 60 percent in the second half (15/25) to finish
at 53.6 for the game (30/56). Moynihan added 11 points and four
assists to the winning effort, while Miller pitched in with a
career-high 10 points. She hit on 4 of 5 shots, including two
threes. Junior Katie Tausanovitch (Lyme, NH) finished with 10
Senior Lani Young (Concord, NH) was near a double-double for the
Panthers with 12 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Senior Katie
Fisher (Oakland, CA) also scored in double figures for Middlebury
with 10 points. Middlebury shot 53.3 percent from long range (8/15)
for the game.