JUMBOS EDGE SALVE REGINA IN NON-CONFERENCE FINALE
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 55 Salve Regina 50
At Newport, RI
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
NEWPORT, RI - In a game that featured 21 lead changes and 10 ties, the Tufts University women's basketball team pulled out a 55-50 victory at Salve Regina University in non-conference action on Tuesday night. Senior tri-captain Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY), nearing the end of an outstanding Tufts career, poured in 24 points to lead the Jumbos.
With the game tied at 46-46 and 3:49 on the clock, Tufts scored the next six points to lead 52-46 at 1:14. Powers scored all of the points, including a huge three-pointer and three free throws. After Margaret O'Brien hit two freebies to pull the Seahawks within 52-48, Powers was fouled again and hit two free throws with 37 seconds on the clock to put Tufts up 54-48. Salve missed two three-point shots down the stretch and the Jumbos went on to the victory. The last Seahawk field goal came with 5:06 remaining.
Powers did most of her damage driving to the hoop and drawing contact. She visited the free throw line 16 times and made 14. Juniors Libby Park (Massena, NY) and Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) joined Powers in double-figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Tufts has won all three meetings with Salve Regina since 2004 with the margin of victory being five points in each game.
Salve dropped to 14-7 overall, losing for the first time in six games. O'Brien led the Seahawks with 12 points and Lindsay Frederick dominated the boards with 14 rebounds. The victory is the second in three games for Tufts after they lost five straight. The improved to 9-11 overall and finished their non-conference schedule with a 7-6 mark.