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Tufts 61    Worcester State 45

At Worcester, MA
Thursday, January 18, 2007

Game Statistics

Laura Jasinski - 9 points, 7 rebounds in Tufts victory at Worcester State

WORCESTER -- The Tufts University women's basketball team continued its fine play of late by defeating Worcester State College on the road Thursday night in non-conference action by the final score of 61-45, in Lancer Gymnasium. Tufts improves to 10-5, matching their victory total of last year. The win is the third in a row for the Jumbos, and continued a run of predominantly good basketball in 2007. The loss drops the Lancers to 8-7 on the year.

The Jumbos led by by eight points at the break as Tufts shot a blistering 63.2% from the field in the half. The Jumbos shot 12 for 19 from the field and got scoring efforts from seven players with senior guards Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) and Taryn Miller-Stevens (Avon, CT) leading the way with seven points each. Forward Laura Jasiniski (Leverett, MA) chipped in with five points in the first stanza. Worcester State was paced by senior Rachael Odugbela (Providence, RI) who posted 10 points including a pair of three point shots. Junior Lindsay DelleChiaie (Leominster, MA) added six points to help keep the Lancers close.

In the second half, Worcester State got the deficit to six points at 41-35 with 12:34 remaining, but weren't able to get any closer as they only scored 20 points in the half shooting just 25.8% from the field. Tufts outscored the hosts 20-10 over that final 12 minutes of action.

Tufts finished with three players in double figures with Krah posting a game-high 16 points followed by Miller-Stevens with 12 points, four assists and junior Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) scoring 10 while grabbing six rebounds. DelleChiaie finished with a team-high 15 points for Worcester State followed by Odugbela who totaled 12 points and had four assists.

Tufts will host Bates on Saturday in an important NESCAC match-up. The Jumbos look to be in the mix for one of the home-court berths into the conference tournament along with Bates and a number of other teams. Worcester State will return to action on Saturday when they return to MASCAC play hosting the Trailblazers of MCLA.