LOVE LEADS TUFTS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TO WIN AT TRINITY
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 76 Trinity 53
At Hartford, CT
Friday, February 11, 2005
HARTFORD -- Senior co-captain forward Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) tallied game-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds, making 10 out of 15 shots from the field, to lead the visiting Tufts University Jumbos to an 76-53 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action this evening at Oosting Gymnasium.
The Jumbos improve to 13-9 overall and 2-6 in the league with their second win in a row. Trinity falls to 9-12 overall and 2-6 in the NESCAC with its fifth straight loss. Both teams can qualify for the NESCAC Championship Tournament regardless of whether they win or lose in their final league games tomorrow. Trinity hosts Bates, the top-ranked team in the nation, at 3:00 and Tufts visits Amherst. If Trinity loses to Bates, the Jumbos are in the eight-team tournament. If the Bantams are somehow able to stun the Bobcats, Tufts would need Middlebury to defeat Colby for the Jumbos to get in.
Tufts opened the game with a 14-3 run and took a 37-21 into intermission, as the Jumbos held Trinity to six field goals in the first half in 27 attempts (22.2 percent) and out-rebounded the Bantams, 26-17. Love had 12 points and seven boards at halftime.
Trinity appeared to turn it around in the second half, scoring nine of the first 11 points after the break to pull within single digits at 39-30 with 18 minutes on the clock. The Jumbos squelched the rally with a 12-0 spurt over the next five minutes and kept at least a 20-point lead the rest of the way.
Trinity sophomore guard Catherine Maher (Newtown, CT) scored a team-high 14 points, while senior center Rebecca Bell (Colorado Springs, CO) added 12 points and two blocks off the bench, and sophomore forward Sarah Cox (Norwell, MA) led the Bantams on the glass with eight boards to go with her eight points, two blocks, and three steals.
Sophomore guard Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) joined Love in double figures in scoring for Tufts with 17 points, sinking seven out of her 11 shots from the field.