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Tufts 65    Babson 61

At Babson Park, MA
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Game Statistics

BABSON PARK --Tufts University built a 17-point lead midway through the second half and then withstood a furious comeback attempt by host Babson College as the Jumbos held on for a 65-61 victory in a non-conference women's basketball game on Tuesday night. With the win, Tufts improved to 3-1, while Babson slipped to 1-3.

Tufts began pulling away late in the first half, as senior Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) scored nine points during a 13-4 run that gave the Jumbos a 25-16 advantage. The visitors eventually took a 32-23 lead into the half, and then pushed that margin to as many as 17 after a conventional three-point play by sophomore Stacy Filocco (Olney, MD) made it 56-39 with 12 minutes remaining.

Facing its largest deficit of the game, Babson came storming back with a 22-6 run down the stretch, culminating with a baseline jumper by senior Suzy Ward (North Attleboro, MA) that pulled the Beavers to within one, 62-61, with 30 seconds remaining. Junior Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) then drew a foul with 23.8 seconds left and hit both freebies to push the Jumbos' lead to three, and Babson junior Caitlin Boulier's (Wolcott, CT) three-point attempt to tie at the other end came up short to give the ball back to Tufts. Senior Taryn Miller-Stevens (Avon, CT) would draw a foul and miss the first with 1.6 seconds left, but her second attempt went down to clinch the 65-61 victory.

Krah finished with 19 points to lead Tufts, while Gomez added a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME) also finished in double-figures with 10 points, and senior Libby Park (Massena, NY) chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds.

Boulier shook off a slow start to finish with 19 points for Babson, while Ward contributed 15 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Junior Bekie Berg (West Brookfield, MA) continued her stellar rebounding streak with 12 boards, including seven off the offensive glass, while junior Nicole McManus (Baldwinsville, NY) grabbed nine caroms.