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WPI Invitational First Round
Tufts 61    Plattsburgh State 37

At Worcester, MA
Saturday, December 30, 2006

Game Statistics

Worcester, MA -- Tufts University continued its winning ways and advanced to the championship game of the 2006 WPI Invitational as it defeated Plattsburgh State 61-37 at Harrington Auditorium on Saturday afternoon.

The Jumbos (7-1) will play host WPI Sunday at 3pm in the championship tilt. The Cardinals (1-7) will face Elms in the consolation game at 1pm. Earlier in the day, the Engineers defeated the Blazers 69-35.

Tufts, which shot nearly 42.5 percent in the first half, controlled the game virtually from the outset. After Plattsburgh's Casey Clark (Athens, NY) hit a jumper to close the gap to 8-5, the Jumbos went on an 11-2 run that was highlighted by a Taryn Miller-Stevens' (Avon, CT) three-pointer from the left corner. Kimberly Moynihan (West Hartford, CT) followed that hoop as she drove the lane for a lay-up on the Jumbos' next trip downcourt.

With eight minutes left in the half, Clark scored a basket as the shot clock expired, getting fouled in the process. She completed the old fashioned three-point play, but Tufts responded by putting in 14 of the next 16 points, including a three-pointer by Moynihan from just to the left of the top of the key.

Julia Baily (Farmington, CT), Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ), Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) and Laura Jasinski (Leverett, MA) also figured in the 14-2 run that helped the Jumbos open a 34-14 advantage at the break.

Krah led all scorers with 13 points and added three rebounds, while Jasinski added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Miller-Stevens also had a game-high five assists.

For the Cardinals, Molly Harte (Troy, NY) came off the bench to lead the team with eight points and five rebounds, while Clark scored five points and hauled in a team-high six rebounds.