Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
TUFTS DEFEATS HOST MOUNT ST. MARY FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT "SWEET 16"
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
NCAA Div. III Tournament 2nd Round
Tufts 54, Mount St. Mary 38
At Newburgh, NY
Saturday, March 8, 2008
|Sophomore Vanessa Miller played a key role
in the win with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- The Tufts University women's basketball team
has made its first berth into the NCAA Tournament a sweet one,
defeating Mount St. Mary College in the second round on Saturday
54-38 to advance to the "Sweet 16" next weekend.
Playing in front of a body-painted and vocal Mount St. Mary's
campus crowd at the Kaplan Center, the #18 Jumbos had control over the
hosts for most of the game behind the strength of their defensive
play. Next they will face University of Mary Washington on Friday
(March 14) in the NCAA Sectionals. Mary Washington (28-2) defeated College of New Jersey
56-50 in the second round on Saturday and is the #5 ranked team in
the country. #4 Messiah (27-2) will host the sectional in Grantham,
Pennsylvania and will play Rochester (22-5) in the
other round of 16 game.
In a meeting between two of the top 20 defensive teams in the
country, it was Tufts that had the upper hand over Mount St. Mary.
The Blue Knights were ranked #1 nationally in field goal percentage
defense and #2 in scoring defense through March 2. However, Tufts,
with #19 and #17 national rankings in those categories respectively,
proved to be the better group on Saturday. The Jumbos held the Blue
Knights to just 12 points in the first half, taking a 20-12
advantage into the locker room.
The score was only 9-8 Jumbos at the 10-minute mark in the first
half after a three-pointer by Tufts first-year point guard
Colleen Hart (Needham, MA). A Mount St. Mary basket by Vanessa
Lawson gave the hosts a 10-9 lead at 9:24, but that's when the
Jumbos began to gain an edge. They finished the half with an 11-2
run with three points apiece from junior Kim Moynihan (West
Hartford, CT), senior co-captain Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA)
and junior Stacy Filocco (Olney, MD). Nobody had scored more
than three points at the half for Tufts, but defensively they held MSMC to 5 of 25 shooting (20 percent).
Tufts was able to keep its momentum into the second half. Filocco's
three-pointer at 13:32 gave the Jumbos a 32-17 lead. An 8-2 spurt, with
four points from senior co-captain Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield,
ME), later turned a 34-21 Tufts advantage into a 19-point, 42-23 lead
with 9:18 on the clock. Mount St. Mary's last gasp was an 8-0
stretch highlighted by four free throws from Lawson. That put the hosts
within 12 at 44-32 with six minutes remaining and they seemed to have
some life. The Jumbos were able to answer with the next four points,
all by sophomore Vanessa Miller (Cincinnati, OH), for a 48-32
lead at 3:21.
They cruised home from there, improving to 25-3 overall. The
Jumbos won without one player scoring in double figures, as nine
points from Ummah, Gomez and Miller led the way. A massive post
presence over the last few weeks, NESCAC Player of the Year Ummah
recorded 13 rebounds and four blocks. Gomez added nine rebounds and
two assists to her game. However, this was a defensive win, as Tufts
held MSMC to 12 of 52 from the field (23.1 percent) and to their lowest
point total of the season. The hosts were just 1 for 13 (7.7
percent) from three-point land.
The Blue Knights, who were the winners of the Skyline
Conference, ended their season with a 26-3 mark. Lawson, Jackie Markert
and Shannon Sangster scored seven points apiece to top them. Markert and Sangster also had eight rebounds each.
Div. III Tournament Bracket