COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 79 Babson 57
Tuesday, December 2, 2003
MEDFORD – Sophomore guard Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) led four Jumbos in double-figures with 16 points as the Tufts University Women's Basketball team blasted local rival Babson College, 79-57, on Tuesday night at Cousens Gymnasium. The Jumbos shot 50 percent in the game (32/64), including a blistering 57.6 percent (19/33) in the first half.
Tufts scored the first 10 points and led by 13 (17-4) on a three-pointer by senior tri-captain Maritsa Christoudias (Saddle River, NJ) five minutes into the first half. Babson managed to cut the lead to nine points, 24-15, on a three-pointer by freshman guard Colleen Burke (Pittsfield, MA) with 10 minutes to go until halftime, but the Jumbos answered on their next possession and led by double figures the rest of the way.
The lead got as high as 21 points in the first half, and the teams went to the break with Tufts on top 44-29. Burke led all scorers with 13 at the half, but Tufts had nine players with points already including eight each from Powers and senior center Erin Buckley (East Sandwich, MA).
The Beavers cut into the Tufts lead early in the second half. They trailed by 11, 50-39, following a three-pointer by junior guard Amanda Hellen (Somerville, MA) at the 15-minute mark. The margin lingered in the mid-teens until Tufts ripped off an 18-6 run to lead 76-50 on a three-pointer by Powers with four minutes to play.
The win over a Babson team that had beaten Tufts' NESCAC rival Bates College earlier this year lifted the Jumbos to 3-1. Tufts blocked 12 shots in the game, including six by Buckley (10 points, eight rebounds). Junior forward Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, while senior tri-captain Kate Gluckman (Morrisville, VT) had 12 points as well.
Babson, which was held to 30.1 percent shooting, was paced by Burke's 16 points. Junior Sheila Nanjego (Malden, MA) had a game-high 15 rebounds along with 10 points. Junior guard Meredith Hellen (Somerville, MA) handed out eight assists while scoring nine points. The Beavers dropped to 2-2.