Tufts 75 Williams 64

Date: Friday, February 9, 2001
At Medford, Mass.

Williams (11-10, 3-4)   28   36   =   64
Tufts (12-7, 2-4)   31   44   =   75

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MEDFORD – Sophomore center Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY) scored 15 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as the Tufts University Jumbos posted a much-needed 75-64 victory over the Williams College Ephs in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action on Friday night.

The host Jumbos gained the lead for good at 29-28 on a put-back by junior forward Jayme Busnengo (Buzzards Bay, MA) with 1:10 left in the first half. They led 31-28 at the break, with eight of the nine Jumbos who played scoring points. Tufts built its lead to as many as 13 points in the first part of the second half. A layup by senior guard Shira Fishman (Silver Spring, MD) completed a 10-3 run that gave Tufts a 57-44 margin with 9:37 to play.

The Ephs cut the deficit to six, 62-56, on a three-pointer by leading scorer Liz Tilley (Queens, NY) at 5:41. Jumbo freshman Maritsa Christoudias (Saddle River, NJ) then scored the next four points with a 15-footer and a layup to give Tufts a 66-56 lead that would not be threatened the rest of the way.

Sophomore guard Hillary Dunn (Medfield, MA) joined Goodman as the keys for the Jumbos in the second half. Dunn scored nine of her 11 points in the second stanza, including three big three-pointers. Tufts shot 58.6 percent from the floor (17/29) in the second half. Fishman dished out eight assists in the game and Dunn added six.

Williams was led by Tilley's 17 points and four steals before she fouled out with 3:10 left. Sophomore guard Kate Stumpo (Walpole, MA) added 15 points for the Ephs.

The win improved Tufts (12-7) to 2-4 in the NESCAC as they try to qualify for one of the conference's seven playoff berths. Williams, also fighting for a spot, dropped to 11-10 overall and 3-4 in the league. It was the second straight win over Williams for the Jumbos.