JUMBOS HOLD OFF SALVE REGINA FOR 65-60 VICTORY
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 65 Salve Regina 60
Tuesday, February 8, 2005
MEDFORD – Senior co-captain Allison Love (Duxbury, MA), playing in the last game of her career at Cousens Gym, scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and hit two clutch free throws late in the game to lead the Tufts University women's basketball team to a 65-60 victory over Salve Regina University in non-conference play on Tuesday night.
The win was the fourth in five games for the Jumbos, who improved to 12-9 overall. The Seahawks, who were led by 12 points and 10 rebounds from freshman Allison Moen (Yonkers, NY), lost their second straight and are now 12-7 overall.
This was a tight, entertaining game. When Tufts took an early 11-4 lead, the seven-point margin would match the largest of the game. Tufts led 35-33 at halftime, with sophomore Valerie Krah's (Mountain Lakes, NJ) eight points leading the way. Junior co-captain Lindsay Frederick (Danvers, MA) scored all of her 12 points in the first half for Salve Regina.
The lead reached seven one other time with Tufts up 48-41 following two free throws by Love at 10:37, setting up an exciting final 10 minutes. The Seahawks scored the next seven points to tie the game at 48-48 on a three-pointer by senior co-captain Kelli Miklovich (East Norwalk, CT) at 7:20. It was the eighth tie of the game.
Tufts went ahead by four, 54-50, on a three-pointer by Krah at 4:52. Two three-pointers by Salve junior Meaghan Stapleton (West Nyack, NY) tied the score again at 56-56 with 2:44 to play. The teams went back-and-forth over the next two minutes, leaving the Jumbos with a 61-60 lead and 44 seconds on the clock. Love netted two free throws with 21 seconds left for a 63-60 Jumbo margin. Stapleton missed a three and then Tufts junior Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) secured the victory with two free throws in the closing seconds.
Powers finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Krah posted 11 points, three assists and three steals for Tufts, which finished its home season with a 6-6 record. Sophomore Taryn Miller-Stevens (Avon, CT) made a strong contribution with four points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals. The Jumbos were a clutch 9 for 11 (81.8 percent) from the free throw line in the second half. They came out on top of a very statistically even game with the help of seven three-pointers and 16 points at the foul line.
Sophomore Megan Barry (Plainville, MA) matched Moen and Frederick with 12 points for Salve Regina, and she added eight rebounds. Stapleton scored 10 points. The Seahawks were 12 for 13 from the line (92.3%) and earned a slight 39-37 advantage in rebounds.