Tufts 79 Clark 73

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2001
At Medford

Clark (6-9)   29   44   =   73
Tufts (9-4)   40   39   =   79

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MEDFORD – Sophomore guard Hillary Dunn (Medfield, MA) sank four clutch free throws in the final 20 seconds of the game as the Tufts University women's basketball team posted a 79-73 victory over visiting Clark University in New England college action on Tuesday night.

Clark, which trailed 40-29 at the half, came back to tie the score twice in the second half. Two free throws by Cougar senior tri-captain Emily Morgan (Templeton, MA) with 23 seconds left in the second half tied the score at 73-73. Clark then immediately fouled, and Dunn calmly sank the two free throws for a 75-73 Tufts lead. After the visitors missed a three-pointer and turned the ball over after gaining the rebound, Dunn was fouled again and hit two more freebies for a 77-73 margin with seven seconds left. That was enough to give the Jumbos the victory, just the second in their last 11 games against Clark.

The Jumbos played some of their best ball of the season in building the 11-point halftime lead. They hit 18 of 32 shots during the first 20 minutes (56.3 percent) and had 15 assists against the Clark press. They did it without a point from leading scorer Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY), who picked up two early fouls. Freshman Kate Gluckman (Morrisville, VT) led with 10 points.

Clark quickly cut the margin to six, 40-34, by scoring the first five points of the second half. Sophomore guard Rachel Turkington (Holland, MA) was the catalyst as the Cougars rallied throughout the second half. She nailed a three-pointer to open the half, then later made a steal and layup to tie the game at 63-63 with 5:40 to go in regulation. Tufts took the lead on a basket by Goodman during its next trip down the floor and held a slim margin until Morgan's free throws tied it.

All of Goodman's team-high 18 points were scored in the second half. Tufts (9-4) shot a season-best 52.7 percent from the floor (29/55) overall. Turkington led Clark (6-9) with 17, including 12 in the second half. Morgan added 15 with seven rebounds.