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Tufts 90            Wellesley 45

At Medford
Saturday, December 9, 2006

Game Statistics

MEDFORD -- For the second time in three days, the Tufts University women's basketball team dominated a non-conference opponent at home with a 90-45 victory over Wellesley College on Saturday afternoon. The Jumbos (6-1), who won their sixth straight game, built a 24-point halftime lead and extended it to beyond 50 points in the second half.

Tufts was led by four players in double figures. Junior Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME) scored 15 points on 7 for 8 field goal shooting. Senior Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) netted 14 points, including four three-pointers. Senior co-captain Libby Park (Massena, NY) added 13 points and sophomore Stacy Filocco (Olney, MD) 10 as Tufts finished the game with a 53.8 shooting percentage (35/65). The Jumbos had routed Simmons in their home opener on Thursday, 82-50.

Wellesley, which saw a three-game winning streak end, fell to 3-6 overall. Sophomore Jessica Duff (Milton Abingdon, UK) was the game-high scorer with 21 points and added three steals.

Wellesley's last lead was 6-5 on a jumper by Duff at 16:12 of the first half. The Jumbos then scored the next 21 points to take a commanding 26-6 lead on a three-pointer by Filocco at 7:28. During the run, Krah drained two three-pointers, Ummah scored six points and Filocca had five. The closest that the visitors would get the rest of the way was 17 points, 31-14, on a free throw by Duff with 2:35 remaining in the first half.

Tufts led 40-16 at the break, with Krah accumulating 12 points and four assists in the first 20 minutes. Park scored eight points in the first half for the Jumbos. Duff's seven points and six by sophomore Julia Thomas (Concord, CA) with four rebounds paced Wellesley in the first half.

The Jumbo lead reached 30 points (50-20) on a three-pointer by senior guard Taryn Miller-Stevens (Avon, CT) at 16:17 of the second half. It grew to 40 points on a pair of free throws by Park with 9:32 remaining in the second half. The margin got as high as 51 points twice, including 85-34 following a lay-up by sophomore Katie Puishys (Huntington Beach, CA) with 4:10 to go.

The team's 53.8 field goal percentage was its best in over two years since they opened the 2004-05 season by shooting a 56.5 mark (35/62) during an 88-23 victory against Bryn Mawr. Tufts' current six-game winning streak is their best since they opened that 2004-05 campaign with seven straight wins.

At the other end of the floor on Saturday, the Tufts defense held Wellesley to 32.6 percent shooting (14/43) and benefited from 26 visitor turnovers (15 in the first half). The Jumbos won the battle of the boards, 38-27. Sophomore Kimberly Moynihan (West Hartford, CT) dropped a stat line of seven points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Miller-Stevens finished with nine assists.

Freshman Katie Martore (Great Falls, VA) scored six points with seven rebounds and five steals for Wellesley.