BIG FIRST HALF PROPLES TUFTS PAST BABSON, 70-55
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 70 Babson 55
At Babson Park, MA
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
BABSON PARK -- Tufts University built a 26-point lead in the first half and then fended off a valiant Babson College comeback attempt as the Jumbos defeated the Beavers, 70-55, in a non-conference women's basketball contest on Tuesday night.
After Babson (1-3) scored the game's first basket, Tufts (4-0) erupted for a 26-0 run that was fueled by 11 points from junior Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY). The Jumbos eventually led by as many as 26 (31-5) with 4:46 remaining in the half, but Babson trimmed the deficit back to 15 with a 12-1 run to close the period, capped off by a three-pointer from freshman Caitlin Fenn (Niantic, CT) at the buzzer.
The Beavers continued their momentum into the second half, beginning the session with an 18-7 run to get to within four at 39-35. The Jumbos still led by four, 41-37, when sophomore Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) drained a three-pointer to spark a 13-5 spurt that pushed Tufts' lead back to 12 at 54-42. Krah hit a total of three trifectas during the run and five in the game as the Jumbos pulled away for the eventual 70-55 victory.
Krah scored a game-high 19 points to go along with four assists and five steals in the win for Tufts, hitting 5-of-10 from long range. Powers added 18 points and five assists, while senior so-captain Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. The Jumbos recorded 16 steals in forcing 22 Babson turnovers.
Senior tri-captain Erin Conroy (Old Greenwich, CT) scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in defeat for Babson, while Fenn added 12 points on 5 for 7 shooting off the bench. Senior tri-captain Meredith Hellen (Somerville, MA) chipped in with 11 points, five assists, three steals, and three blocked shots for the Beavers.