Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
TUFTS GOES TO SECOND STRAIGHT NESCAC FINAL AFTER 67-50 WIN OVER
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
NESCAC Tournament Semi-final
Tufts 67, Wesleyan 50
At Amherst, MA
Saturday, March 1, 2008
|First-year guard Colleen Hart scored a
game-high 15 points
AMHERST -- The Tufts women's basketball team improved to 23-2
overall and advanced to its second straight NESCAC championship game
with a 67-50 victory over Wesleyan University in the semi-final
round of the conference tournament on Saturday afternoon at Amherst College.
Coach Carla Berube's Jumbos earned her the 100th victory of her
Tufts career in the game. They will now play host Amherst for the
2008 conference championship on Sunday at noon. The Lord Jeffs
eliminated seven-time defending champion Bowdoin College, 71-47, in
Saturday's other semi-final.
First-year guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA), a leading
Rookie of the Year candidate in the league, had 15 points including
three three-pointers to lead Tufts. Junior Katie Tausanovitch
(Lyme, NH) was hard to stop as she scored 14 points with six for
seven field goal shooting. Sophomore Julia Baily (Farmington, CT)
submitted her third double-double of the season with 11 points
and 12 rebounds.
Wesleyan drops to 17-9 overall and will await word on whether
they earn an NCAA Tournament berth. Ali Fourney led the Cardinals
with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. The Cardinals made
just one of nine three-point attempts and nine of 23 free throws.
Tufts totaled 43 rebounds to 29 by Wes.
Tufts was able to pull away to a 37-29 lead at halftime by taking
over late in the first frame. Wesleyan got the quick start, leading
16-7 early. The Cardinals led 24-20 on a jumper by Meredith Love at
6:23. The Jumbos would finish the half with a 17-5 run led by Hart.
She scored 11 points in the first half, including five during the
run with a three-pointer and a spectacular coast-to-coast drive to the basket.
The Jumbos scored the first two baskets of the second half before
a Fourney free throw and two points from Lucy Sprung had the
Cardinals within 41-32 at the 18-minute mark. However, the Jumbos
responded with a 7-0 spurt capped by a three-pointer from junior
Stacy Filocco (Olney, MD) to lead by 16 (48-32) with 13:36 to
play. Tufts added seven of the next 10 points to reach a 20-point
lead, 55-35, on Jenna Gomez's (Norfolk, MA) bucket at 10:55.
The Cardinals showed some spunk with an 11-4 stretch that cut the
deficit to 15 points (63-48) on a three-pointer by Nikki Maletta
with 4:58 to play. However, Wesleyan would only score one more
basket and Tufts would cruise to the win down the stretch.
Tufts was defeated by Bowdoin College, 64-48, for the NESCAC
title last season in Maine. This year they will face an Amherst
squad that beat them on a play at the buzzer, 64-62, on January 18.
Amherst is 24-2 and ranked #14 by D3Hoops.com, while Tufts is #15.