Surf 'N Slam Tournament
Millikin 49    Tufts 45

At San Diego, CA
Thursday, December 29, 2005

Game Box Score

SAN DIEGO -- Despite a valiant effort that saw them come back from 13 points down to tie the score with 2:15 remaining in the second half, the Tufts University women's basketball team lost to 15th ranked Millikin, 49-45, in their second game at the Surf 'N Slam Tournament hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University on Thursday.

Trailing 41-28 with 12:34 left in the second half, Tufts put together a 17-4 run that tied the score at 45-45 late in the game. Junior Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) led the comeback with eight points during the stretch, including two three-pointers. After two Tufts misses, Millikin's Andrea Riebock hit a jumper for a 47-45 lead with 35 seconds on the clock. Tufts missed another shot and had to foul four times in eight seconds to send Millikin to the free throw line. Joanna Conner hit her two freebies with 10 seconds to play and Millikin held on for the victory.

The Jumbos had similarly come back in the first half. They got down 19-7 early, but managed to pull within 24-21 on a three-pointer by Julia Verplank (Zeeland, MI) at 4:26. Both teams had difficulty scoring during the remainder of the half and Millikin took a 27-21 advantage to the locker room.

After a three-pointer by Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) had Tufts within 27-24 early in the second half, the Big Blue scored the next nine points to lead 36-24 on a jumper by Conner at the 15-minute mark. Millikin kept the double-digit advantage for a few minutes before Tufts began its run to tie the score.

The Big Blue were led in scoring by Lindsay Ippel who had 24 points and four rebounds. Conner had 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Laura Zimmer had seven assists for the Big Blue.

Powers scored 123 points with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead Tufts, which struggled again shooting (30.9 percent). Krah was the only other Jumbos in double digits with 10 points. Tufts again did a good job on the boards, earning a 41-28 advantage with the help of seven by sophomores Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) and Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME). However, turnovers (24) again hampered the team.

The Big Blue improves to 8-2 and will play Point Loma Nazarene in the championship game on Friday. Tufts, 5-3 overall and 0-2 in the tournament, will play #9 Messiah on Friday in their last game of the tournament.