Tufts 82 Wheaton (MA) 72

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2001
At Medford

Wheaton (2-5) 27 45 = 72
Tufts (5-2) 38 44 = 82

Game Statistics

MEDFORD – Junior forward Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY) scored 29 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Tufts Jumbos to an 82-72 victory over Wheaton in women's college basketball action on Saturday night. The win was the fourth in the row for the Jumbos, who closed their first semester of action with a 5-2 record. Wheaton lost its third straight and dropped to 2-5 with one game remaining before Christmas break.

Goodman, the leading scorer in the New England Small College Athletic Conference last year as a sophomore, had 15 points at halftime as the Jumbos rolled to a 38-27 advantage. Tufts finished the first half strong to take that lead. The margin was only 22-20 Jumbos after two free throws by Wheaton freshman Vanessa Savas (Belmont, MA) with 3:40 to play until the break. The Jumbos finished with a 16-7 surge, sparked by two three-pointers from freshman guard Erin Connolly (Syosset, NY).

The Jumbos maintained the safe lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half, and led by 12 (55-43) after two Goodman free throws at 9:57. But visiting Wheaton then scored 11 of the next 13 points to cut the lead down to three, 57-54, following a jumper by junior Jennifer Schefiliti (Shelton, CT) at 7:33. That was as close as the Lyons would get, as Tufts was able to build the bulge back up to 10, 66-56, following two Goodman free throws at 3:57 that capped a 6-0 spurt. Wheaton didn't get closer than seven points the rest of the way. Goodman was 15 of 21 from the free throw line for the game, including 12 for 14 in the second half. Tufts was 32 for 44 from the line overall (72.7%), compared to 21 for 26 for the Lyons (80.8%).

Host Tufts won despite shooting just 29.7 percent (22/74) from the floor. They also received 12 points (10 in the first half) and eight rebounds from junior Erin Harrington (Fall River, MA). Wheaton was led by 20 points by Schefiliti, while Savas added 12 points and six boards. This marked Tufts' fifth straight win in the series between the two teams.