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Tufts 65    Connecticut College 41

At Medford
Friday, January 26, 2007

Game Statistics
Libby Park scored six points in the first six minutes to help get the Jumbos going

MEDFORD -- Senior Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Tufts women's basketball team to a 65-41 victory over Connecticut College that kept the Jumbos (12-6) undefeated in NESCAC at 4-0.

The Jumbos did not trail in the game, charging out to a 10-point lead early. However, the Camels showed no quit and were within eight at halftime. Led by Krah's 13 points in the second half, Tufts pulled away and won for the fifth time in the last six games. Connecticut College, which was led by 12 points from freshman Laura Coderre (Monston, MA), dropped to 9-9 overall and remained winless in the conference (0-4).

Senior co-captain Libby Park (Massena, NY) scored six points in the first six minutes and the Jumbos led 14-4. The Camels got it together and remained within single digits for most of the next eight minutes, but Krah's jumper at 3:14 put Tufts in front 28-15. However, the Camels closed the half with a 6-1 run to pull within 29-21 at the break. Coderre scored four of the points, including a lay-up at the buzzer.

Tufts went up by 15, 38-23, on a three-pointer by Krah at 14:43 of the second half. However, like in the first half, the Jumbos could not pull away. The Camels battled back to within nine points, 38-29, following two free throws by junior Katy Serafin (Carmel, NY) to cap a 6-0 spurt.

That's when the Jumbos put together a decisive run. They scored the next 11 points, six by junior Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME) and five by Krah, to open up a 20-point lead (49-29) at the 10:33 mark. The Camels would cut the lead down to 16 twice, but that's as close as they would get. The Jumbos led by as many as 25 points twice in the closing minutes.

Tufts held Connecticut College to 27.3 percent (15/55) shooting from the floor, including 6 for 27 (22.2 percent) in the second half. Conversely, the Jumbos had a good 49-percent effort (25/51). Krah hit on 7 of 13 shots, including three three-pointers. That brings her career total to 124, two shy of tying the Tufts all-time mark of 126 set by Carrie Hironaka from 1995-99.

Krah finished as the only Jumbo to score in double-digits, but 11 players overall showed up in the scoring column. Park finished with seven points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks. The team's 4-0 start in NESCAC is its best since the conference started playing a round robin schedule in 2000-01. The 41 points allowed tonight are the fewest of the season by the Jumbos.

The Camels got nine points and nine rebounds with three steals in 26 minutes from Serafin. Coderre added six rebounds and two blocks to her game, while junior Lindsay Michel (West Haven, CT) added eight points, six steals and three assists.