JUMBOS CLOSE SEMESTER AT 7-0 WITH WIN OVER SUFFOLK
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 61 Suffolk 44
At Boston, MA
Thursday, December 9, 2004
BOSTON—The Tufts University women's basketball team extended its win streak to seven games with a 61-44 win over the Suffolk University Lady Rams Thursday night at Regan Gymnasium. The streak matches the 7-0 start of the 1991-92 Jumbos as the second-best in team history. The record is the 8-0 start by the 1990-91 teama.
On Thursday night, the Jumbos led the Lady Rams for most of the game, with the only Suffolk lead coming 2:50 into the first half after freshman Katlyn Klecha (Fairfield, CT) layed one in to give the blue and gold a 6-5 lead. Tufts co-captain Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) quickly erased the Rams' lead, hitting a three-pointer to give the Jumbos an 8-6 lead, the final lead change of the game. The Jumbos went on a 9-0 run with just over six minutes remaining in the half to give Tufts a 30-16 lead. Tufts co-captain Erin Connolly (Syosset, NY) scored four of her nine total points during this run. Love finished the first half with nine points, after shooting 3 for 4 from beyond the three-point arc, and ended the game with 15 points.
With Tufts leading by 15, 37-22, at the break, the Lady Rams came out of the locker room with renewed energy to start the second half. Sophomore Jenn Fogg (Stonington, CT) scored nine of her 15 points in a nine-minute span during the second half, to bring the Lady Rams to within nine. Just as Fogg was starting to run out of steam, the Jumbos were beginning an eight-point run to put the game out of reach, 57-42. Tufts junior Julia Verplank (Zeeland, MI) scored the last points of the game, hitting two free throws to give the Jumbos the 61-44 win.
Jumbos sophomore Laura Jasinski (Leverett, MA) grabbed ten rebounds, while contributing eight points. She hit 4 of her 7 shots. Suffolk co-captain Allison Fox (Easton, MA) scored ten points and grabbed eight rebounds in her 25 minutes of play at forward. Fox's co-captain Nicole Wellington (Lee, MA) grabbed seven rebounds for the Lady Rams.
The Jumbos, who weren't truly tested during their run to 7-0, will open the second semester against perennial New England power Southern Maine at Cousens Gym on January 4.