Babson 85 Tufts 71

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2001
At Medford, MA

Babson (4-0) 42 43 = 85
Tufts (1-1) 35 36 = 71

Game Statistics

MEDFORD – Sharp-shooting Babson College improved to 4-0 with an 85-71 victory at Tufts University in women's basketball action between Greater Boston rivals on Tuesday night.

The visiting Beavers shot 50.8 percent (32/63) for the game and were led by senior co-captain Meredith Eddy (North Andover, MA) with 21 points. Tufts was a respectable 29 of 63 (46.0 percent) from the floor in a losing effort and was led by 20 points by junior Erin Harrington (Fall River, MA). The win was the sixth in the last seven games by Babson against Tufts.

Both teams were on fire to start the game, an indication of things to come. Babson hit its first seven shots and Tufts netted its first four as the teams waged a close battle early in the first half. Babson got up by 11, 25-14, on a jumper by freshman guard Jessica Baker (Middlebury, CT) at 10:49 of the first. The Jumbos managed to slice the Beaver lead to seven at the break, 42-25. Eddy had 12 for Babson and junior forward Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY) had 10 for Tufts at the break.

The game remained a single-digit lead for Babson during the first part of the second half. Tufts got as close as four points, 50-46, on a layup by Harrington at 14:01. The Beavers then initiated a 21-6 run over the eight-plus minutes to blow the lead out to 19, 71-52, on a layup by sophomore forward Rebecca Krawczyk (North Easton, MA) at 5:51. Eddy had six points to lead six Babson players who contributed to the run.

Tufts didn't die, cutting the margin back to single-digits, 74-66, on a layup by senior co-captain Jayme Busnengo (Buzzards Bay, MA) at 3:31. Babson responded with two free throws by senior co-captain Kerri Lally (Winthrop, MA) to lead 76-66 at 2:57, then held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Lally added 14 points, four assists and four steals to the winning cause. Goodman had 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Jumbos.