Tufts 81 Lasell 53

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2000
At Medford

Lasell (3-3) 26 27 = 53
Tufts (2-1) 35 46 = 81

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MEDFORD – Freshman Maritsa Christoudias (Saddle River, NJ) had a game-high 23 points with nine steals, and sophomore center Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY) added 22 points with eight rebounds, as the Tufts University women's basketball team blasted Lasell College, 81-53, in New England college basketball action on Sunday afternoon. It was the Jumbos' home opener.

Tufts had a healthy 35-26 lead at the half, thanks in large part to Goodman. She hit seven of 12 shots in the first frame and had 15 points at the break. Christoudias was the star of the second half when Tufts pulled away. Her work on both sides of the ball helped Tufts score the first 14 points of the second half to lead 49-26 with 16:19 remaining. The game was basically over, as Christoudias went on to score 21 points in the second half.

The Jumbos had a superb second half overall, shooting 58.1 percent from the floor (34/69) and out-rebounding the Lasers 27-11. Tufts finished the game with a 49.3 shooting percentage (34/69) and a wide 52-27 margin in rebounds. Junior forward Jayme Busnengo (Buzzards Bay, MA) fashioned a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Katie Kehrberger (Waldwick, NJ) had nine assists, six in the first half. It all added up to an easy win that pushed Tufts (2-1) over .500. Lasell, which got 17 points with four steals from junior guard Jen Lesnick (North Branford, CT), fell to .500 (3-3).