Teams: Women's Basketball: Press
Monday, February 5, 2007
KRAH HONORED AS NESCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR HOT JUMBOS
-- Senior guard Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ/Mountain Lakes)
of the Tufts University women's basketball team had the most
productive back-to-back games in her collegiate career from a
scoring standpoint over the weekend. With 21 points against
Middlebury on Friday night and 18 more against Williams on Saturday
afternoon, Krah helped the Jumbos win two important games and she earned
New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the
In addition to the career-high 21 points Krah scored in Friday's
61-50 win over Middlebury, she became the team's career leader in
three-pointers during the game with her 127th. That surpassed Carrie Hironaka's
126 from 1995-99. Krah hit a three-pointer at 9:31
of the first half to give the Jumbos a 22-6 lead over the Panthers
and break the record.
She scored 14 points in the second half, as Tufts withstood a
comeback attempt by Middlebury, and she finished the game with seven
rebounds and four assists as well.
On Seniors' Day at Tufts on Saturday, Krah led the Jumbos to a 58-53
come-from-behind win over Williams with 18 points and seven assists.
With Tufts trailing by 10 (41-31) in the second half, Krah started
the Jumbo comeback with a three-pointer. She would add two clutch
free throws with barely a minute left to give the Jumbos a 55-49
The two victories extended Tufts' best-ever start in NESCAC play to
7-0. They clinched a home-court berth into the conference tournament
with the win over Middlebury. It's just the second time that they
will host a first-round playoff game. The Jumbos (15-6 overall) are
still in contention for first place in the league, which will be
determined on Friday night when they travel to play #2 in the nation Bowdoin College. The Polar Bears are also unbeaten in conference
Krah is the third Jumbo to earn the Player of the Week honor this
season. Junior forward Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME/Waynflete
School) was selected on December 11 and on January 15. Tufts and
Bowdoin lead NESCAC with three Players of the Week each so far this
season. This marks the first time this decade that a Tufts player
has received the award three times in one season.
Among NESCAC statistical leaders, Krah is eighth in scoring with
14.3 points per game this season. She's tied for fifth in steals
with 2.33 per game and is third overall with 41 three-pointers.