2nd Annual Tufts Invitational
Tufts 58            Suffolk 39

At Medford
Saturday, November 19, 2005

Game Statistics

MEDFORD The Tufts University women's basketball team opened its 2005-06 season with a 58-39 victory over Suffolk University in the second game of the Tufts University Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gymnasium.

Tufts limited the Rams to just 12 of 46 shooting the ball (26.1 percent), including five for 24 (20.8%) in the second half. The Jumbos were only slightly better at 33.3% in both halves for a 23 for 69 final count. Suffolk also committed 30 turnovers to 15 by the Jumbos, who blocked eight shots.Senior tri-captain Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) led the way for Tufts with 13 points, while junior Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) finished with nine points, seven rebounds and seven steals. Freshman Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT) scored eight points in her Jumbo debut.

The Rams were led by 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals from junior co-captain Jenn Fogg (Stonington, CT). Sophomore Katlyn Klecha (Fairfield, CT) was the only other Suffolk player in double-digits with 10 points. The Rams earned a 46-43 edge in rebounds for the game. Sophomore Gillian Brignac (Haverhill, MA) had six.

Neither team could get into a rhythm. Suffolk scored the game's first two points on free throws by Klecha, but that would be their only lead of the game. The 29-19 Tufts lead at the half was its biggest up to that point. Powers and junior guard Marilyn Duffy-Cabana (Amesbury, MA) had six points each for the Jumbos at the break. Fogg scored 11 for the Rams.

Suffolk was able to cut the margin to five points, 31-26, at 14:06 of the second half on a free throw by Amanda Brown (Norwich, CT). The Jumbos then scored 14 of the next 16 points to take command. They got points from five different players during the spurt that produced a 17-point, 45-28 lead at 7:47. The margin reached 20 on a three-pointer by Powers at 2:49 and Tufts sailed to the victory from there.

Tufts' next game in the Invitational against RPI has been postponed after Friday night's action was canceled following a mix up with the officiating crew.