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Bowdoin 60    Tufts 41

At Brunswick, ME
Friday, February 9, 2007

Game Statistics
Jenna Gomez had eight points and six rebounds for Tufts at Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team clinched the top seed for the NESCAC Championship Tournament with a 60-41 victory over Tufts on Friday evening. The Polar Bears, ranked first in the latest WBCA National Poll, improve to 22-1 (8-0 NESCAC) this season while the Jumbos drop to 15-7 (7-1).

Bowdoin jumped out to a 14-2 lead out of the gate as Alexa Kaubris keyed the run with a pair of three-pointers in the opening six minutes. The Jumbos cut the lead six points on three occasions before halftime, but a pair of free-throws from Julia Loonin and a bucket by Jill Anelauskas gave the Polar Bears a ten-point edge (29-19) at the break.

The second stanza saw more of the same, as Bowdoin pushed the lead to 14 points with 12:30 to go on a long-range three-pointer from Eileen Flaherty. A quick Tufts 6-0 spurt a few minutes later, capped by hoop-and-harm from Elisa Synborski (Londonderry, NH), was able to trim the Polar Bear lead to seven points (39-32) with nine minutes to go. But the hosts replied with a decisive 12-1 run that ended on a Leah Rubega spinning lay-in to give the Polar Bears a 53-35 edge with 3:58 remaining.

Bowdoin held Tufts to an icy 25% shooting in front of a near-capacity crowd at Morrell Gymnasium. Flaherty led all scorers with 13 points, and in the process became the first Bowdoin basketball player (men's or women's) to eclipse 1,700 points for a career.

Jill Anelauskas added 12 points for Bowdoin, while Leah Rubega pitched in 10 points off the bench in a stellar second-half. Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) was the lone Jumbo in double-digits, scoring 11 points on the night.

The NESCAC Tournament will begin with first-round games next Saturday, February 17. Pairings will be announced following the completion of regular-season play tomorrow evening.