Tufts 65 Wesleyan 61

Date: Friday, February 16, 2001
At Medford, Mass.

Wesleyan (13-8, 2-6)   31   30   =   61
Tufts (13-8, 3-5)   24   41   =   65

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MEDFORD – Sophomore center Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY) poured in a season-high 35 points to lead the Tufts University Jumbos to a 65-61 come-from-behind victory over the Wesleyan University Cardinals in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action on Friday night.

With their victory, and an 80-66 Trinity College loss to Colby College tonight, Tufts gains one of the seven berths into the NESCAC Playoffs that begin on Tuesday (Feb. 20).

Host Tufts trailed 31-24 at the half and by 13, 46-33, following a basket by Wesleyan sophomore Kamica Lewis (Jamaica Hills, NY) with 10:30 to play in the second half. The Jumbos erased that deficit with a 23-10 stretch over the next seven minutes to gain a 56-56 tie on a basket by Goodman with 3:56 left. She had 13 points during the run to spark the Jumbos, who had played poorly during the game's first 30 minutes.

A free throw by freshman Ashley Elia (Tenafly, NJ) gave visiting Wesleyan a 57-56 lead at 2:11, but Tufts junior Katie Kehrberger (Waldwick, NJ) answered with a jumper to give the Jumbos the lead for good, 58-57, with 1:46 to play. Goodman and sophomore guard Hillary Dunn (Medfield, MA) hit free throws during the last 90 seconds to steer Tufts to the win. The game wasn't over until Dunn hit a free throw to make it 65-61 with seven seconds remaining.

Wesleyan had closed the first half with a 16-4 run during the final five minutes to build their 31-24 lead. Sophomore guard Shaleen Bowman (Guilford, CT) had two three-pointers during the spurt. Early second-half three-pointers by Bowman, Elia and freshman guard Amy Posocco (Willington, CT) kept Wesleyan up by at least eight until Tufts came to life in the second part of the half.

Goodman's 35 points was 54 percent of the team's offense, and she also had a big block on a three-point attempt late in the game. The Jumbos (13-8, 3-5 NESCAC) were 17 of 22 from the line (80.6 percent) in the second half.

Bowman had 18 points to lead Wesleyan (13-8, 2-6 NESCAC), while Posocco added 11.