Teams: Women's Basketball: Press
Monday, January 15, 2007
UMMAH EARNS NESCAC BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN
MEDFORD -- For the second time this season, Tufts University junior forward Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME/Waynflete School) has been selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference's (NESCAC) women's basketball Player of the Week. She last earned the honor on December 11.
During a 2-1 week for the Jumbos that included two wins at Amherst and Trinity to open the conference season, Ummah averaged 14 points and 9.3 rebounds. She shot .536 from the field, hitting 15 of 28 shots, and blocked three shots.
Ummah opened the week by scoring a career-high 21 points in Tufts' 72-64 loss at Emmanuel on Tuesday. She connected on seven of 11 shots from the floor (.636) and added a seven for 10 (.700) performance at the free throw line. She also grabbed eight rebounds in the game.
In the 58-53 win at Amherst to open the NESCAC schedule on Friday night, Tufts had a 49-37 advantage in rebounds over the Jeffs and Ummah led the way with 12. She also had eight points. The Jumbos followed that up with a 56-49 win at Trinity on Saturday. Ummah tied for the team high with 13 points and added eight rebounds. She scored on five of seven shots.
Ummah is ranked among the top 15 in three statistical categories in NESCAC for the season. She is
13th on the scoring list with 12.2 points per game and third with
8.2 rebounds per game. Her even .500 field goal percentage (58/116) is tied for fifth in the league.
For her previous NESCAC Player of the Week selection, Ummah came off the bench to lead Tufts with 14.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while playing an average of 18.7 minutes. At Salem State on December 5, she recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds along with three blocks. She led the Jumbos with 16 points against Simmons (Dec. 7) and with 15 points against Wellesley (Dec. 9), finishing the week an impressive 16 for 22 from the floor (.727). She hit seven of eight shots against Wellesley.
Ummah joins Bowdoin's Eileen Flaherty as the NESCAC players who have received the weekly honor more than once this season. She is the first Jumbo to earn the award twice in one season since Allison Love during the 2003-04 campaign.