Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS BEAT MIDDLEBURY IN
NESCAC TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
NESCAC Tournament 1st Round
Tufts 65 Middlebury 50
Saturday, February 17, 2007
|Senior Laura Jasinski had 17 points, nine
rebounds and four steals in the NESCAC Tournament win
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's basketball team advanced to
the semi-final round of the 2007 NESCAC Tournament with a 65-50
victory over Middlebury College in the first round on Saturday
afternoon at Cousens Gymnasium. Senior tri-captain Laura Jasinski
(Leverett, MA) led Tufts with 17 points, nine rebounds and four
The Jumbos (17-7), the #2 seed in the tournament, will travel to top
seed Bowdoin College for the semi-final round next Saturday (Feb.
24). Tufts will play #3 seed Bates College, a 63-53 winner over
Amherst in the first round. Middlebury's season ended with a 12-13
record. The Panthers were led on Saturday by 13 points, nine
rebounds and five steals from sophomore guard Emily Johnson (Lower
The final 15-point margin was the largest of the game. Though the
Jumbos held the lead for all except three possessions, they couldn't
quite put the Panthers away with a run. Finally at the end of the
game, the Jumbos scored the last nine points to turn a 56-50 margin
at 4:18 of the second half into the 65-50 final.
Both teams were sloppy in the early going. With the game tied 13-13
at the 9:27 mark, Tufts surged to a 25-18 advantage on a lay-up by
Jasinski at the 4:28 mark. A three-pointer by Johnson with 10
seconds left until halftime pulled Middlebury within three (31-28),
but Jumbo junior Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME) scored on a
lay-up with less than a second left and Tufts led 33-28 at the
Into the second half, another lay-up by Ummah put Tufts up by eight,
42-34, at 15:07. Middlebury cut the margin to four on a pair of free
throws by Lani Young (Concord, NH) at 12:46 to make it 42-38. The
Jumbos then scored the next seven points, five by Jasinski, to lead
by 11 (49-38) with 10:10 to play in the second half. That would give
them a cushion heading down the stretch, and they put the game away
with the closing spurt.
The win is the first in NESCAC Tournament for Tufts, who had lost
their previous five first-round games. Four Jumbos scored in double
figures, with Krah adding 16, Ummah 15 and junior Jenna Gomez
(Norfolk, MA) 10 to go with seven rebounds and three steals.
Senior Taryn Miller-Stevens (Avon, MA) had seven assists. The
Jumbos have won 10 of their last 12 overall.
Young finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for Middlebury,
which shot just 28.1 percent from the floor (16/57). They missed
their final 10 shots of the game. Sophomore Aylie Baker (Yarmouth,
ME) added six points, six rebounds and two blocks for the visitors.