Teams: Women's Basketball: Press
Monday, February 18, 2008
UMMAH IS NESCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR FOURTH TIME IN HER
MEDFORD -- After dominating the weekend against Bowdoin and
Colby, Tufts senior co-captain Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME/Waynflete
School) was selected as the New England Small College Athletic
Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball Player of the Week today. She
has now received the honor four times in the past two seasons for
Coach Carla Berube's Jumbos.
A 6'1" forward/center, Ummah played like Bill Walton offensively
in the two games. Tufts had an 83-56 victory against Bowdoin on
Friday night and an 84-60 win over Colby on Saturday afternoon.
Overall Ummah scored on 18 of 28 shots (64.3 percent), many on
back-to-the-basket post moves. She scored 20 points against the
Polar Bears as Tufts defeated Bowdoin for the first time since 1994.
Ummah was 10 for 16 from the field. Her scoring production against Colby
featured 8 for 12 shooting and 17 points. She finished the weekend
with 37 points for an 18.5 scoring average.
Tufts had massive rebounding advantages in both games, and Ummah
was the catalyst. She tore down 12 against Bowdoin as the team
out-rebounded the Polar Bears 43-19. She then grabbed 19 rebounds
against Colby, the most by a Tufts player since 1996. Ten came at
the offensive end, the second time this season she reached
double-digits in offensive rebounds. The Jumbos won the battle of
the boards against Colby 55-28. For the two games, Tufts
out-rebounded its opponents by a 98-47 total. Ummah corralled 15.5
per game for the weekend. She also blocked five shots against the
Ummah was NESCAC's Player of the Week after the first games of
the 2007-08 season on November 20. She also took the honors on
December 11 and January 15 of last season. This year she leads
NESCAC with 10.3 rebounds and 2.26 blocked shots per game while
averaging 12.1 points and shooting .510 from the field (125/245).
The victory against Bowdoin was the 20th of the season for Tufts,
setting a new team record. They finished the regular season at 21-2
overall and 7-2 in the league. The Jumbos are the second seed
entering the conference tournament starting on Saturday (Feb. 23).
They host seventh seed Middlebury College in the first round on
Saturday at Cousens Gym. Tip off is 3:00 pm.