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Tufts 58    Williams 53

At Medford
Saturday, February 3, 2007

Game Statistics

Senior Laura Jasinski made key contributions to the team's victory on Seniors' Day

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's basketball team erased a 10-point deficit with a 27-12 run in the final 13 minutes of the game and defeated Williams College, 58-53, in NESCAC action at Cousens Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. The win lifts the Jumbos to 7-0 in the conference and sets up a first-place showdown between Tufts and #2 in the nation Bowdoin next Friday night in Maine.

Playing on Seniors' Day at Tufts, the Class of 2007 was instrumental in the victory for the Jumbos (15-6 overall). Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) led Tufts with 18 points and seven assists. Laura Jasinski (Leverett, MA) added eight points, including back-to-back hoops around the five-minute mark in the second half that gave Tufts a six-point lead (53-47). Taryn Miller-Stevens (Avon, CT) iced the victory with three free throws in the final 30 seconds, and Libby Park (Massena, NY) finished with six points, six rebounds and two blocks.

Williams (17-5, 4-3 NESCAC) was led by senior Maggie Miller's (Wellesley, MA) game-high numbers of 22 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Senior co-captain Megan O'Malley (Topsfield, MA) recorded six points and eight rebounds for the Ephs.

The visiting Ephs led at the half, 27-24, after trailing by seven early. The Jumbos turned the ball over 17 times in the first 20 minutes. Miller had eight points at the break for Williams while Krah had eight for the Jumbos.

Williams was up 41-31 at the 13:35 of the second half after two free throws by Ellen Wilk (Guilford, CT). Sophomore Mika Peterman (Los Altos, CA) drilled two three-pointers at the beginning of the second half and Miller had six points to help the Ephs build the 10-point margin.

Krah started the Jumbo comeback with a three-pointer, one of three in the game for the recently-crowned all-time leader at Tufts. While the seniors were doing their part, junior Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) and sophomore Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT) were representing for the rest of the Jumbos during the game-changing run. Moynihan, who finished with 10 points, hit a three to cut the Williams lead to 43-40 at the 10:40 mark. Then two baskets by Gomez, sandwiched around a lay-up by Moynihan, gave Tufts their first lead since the first half at 46-45 with 8:23 on the clock.

Miller answered with a quick hoop for Wiliams, but with a three by Moynihan and Jasinski's consecutive baskets the Jumbos were up six. Miller (14 points in the second half) had another hoop at 2:24 that pulled Williams within 53-49. Krah added two free throws to the Jumbo lead at 1:07, but Eph senior Meghan Stetson (Clinton, NJ) drained a three-pointer to make it a one-possession game (55-52) with 36 seconds on the clock.

The Ephs would miss their final four shots, while Miller-Stevens added her free throws to secure the victory for Tufts.