Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS TIE MARK FOR BEST START WITH EASY WIN AT SIMMONS
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 73, Simmons 35
At Boston, MA
Thursday, December 6, 2007
|Co-captain Jenna Gomez had eight points,
three assists and three steals in Tufts' 38-point victory
BOSTON -- After shaking off a slow start, the Tufts University
women�s basketball team quickly rebounded to cruise to a 73-35 win
over Simmons College in a non-league game on Thursday night. The win
improves Tufts to 8-0, matching their best start to a season since
1990-91. The Jumbos will attempt to break the record on Saturday
when they travel to Wellesley College for the last game of the first
On Thursday night, the host Sharks (2-4) raced out to a 7-0 lead,
including five points by Lauren Kreckie. Tufts coach Carla Berube
called a quick time-out for the Jumbos, and the rest of the game
would belong to the visitors. Tufts scored the next 10 points to
lead 10-7 on a jumper by sophomore Julia Baily (Farmington, CT).
Simmons stayed in the game for the first 12 minutes. The margin was
five points for Tufts at 16-11 after a jumper by Stephanie Murray of
Simmons, and the score was 22-12 Tufts following a Simmons free
throw by Kristina Nardone at 8:19.
The Jumbos blew the game open from there. A 15-4 Tufts run pushed
the lead to 21 points, 37-16, on a jumper by junior Katie
Tausanovitch (Lyme, NH) with one minute until halftime. Tufts
led 37-19 at the break after Simmons' Sarah Clayton netted a
Tufts senior co-captain Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME)
scored the first basket of the second half to build the lead to 20
points (39-19), and it grew from there. The margin hit 31 points
after a jumper by first-year point guard Colleen Hart (Needham,
MA) at 11:50 of the second half. The lead was 40 points, 71-31,
on a jumper by Katie Puishys (Huntington Beach, CA) at 4:30
and topped out at 41 (72-31) on a free throw by first-year
Shannon Robinson (Foxborough, MA) at 2:23.
The Jumbos had a balanced scoring attack led by Baily with 14
points and eight rebounds, while Hart chipped in with 12 points,
four rebounds and four assists. Senior co-captain Jenna Gomez
(Norfolk, MA) added eight points and sophomore Katie Wholey
(Marshfield, MA) had seven. The 35 points allowed by the Jumbos
are the fewest since a 58-35 NESCAC win over Connecticut College on
January 28, 2006. Tonight they held Simmons to 25-percent shooting
(14/56) and won the rebounding battle 48-33. The Jumbos had 19
assists on 31 baskets.
Morgan Johnson paced Simmons with 10 points and added two blocks.
Lauren Kreckie added seven points, six rebounds and three steals.