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Tufts 78, Emmanuel 61

At Medford, MA
Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Game Statistics

Julia Baily grabbed 18 rebounds for Tufts

MEDFORD -- The 17th ranked Tufts University women's basketball team charged to a 23-5 lead in the first eight minutes of the game and sailed to a 78-61 victory against Emmanuel College on Wednesday night at Cousens Gym. The Jumbos improved to 11-0 with the victory.

Tufts got points from seven players while establishing the early lead, including six from senior co-captain Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME). She finished with a game-high 19 points and added 13 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals. Sophomore Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) had 18 rebounds, nine on the offensive end, to go with 10 points for the Jumbos.

Emmanuel, fresh off an exhibition tour of China in early January, dropped to 6-4 overall. Senior tri-captain Jade Paez (Bronx, NY) led the Saints with 16 points and four steals and sophomore Iman Davis (Toms River, NJ) scored 14 points with six rebounds.

Tufts extended its first-half lead to 31-8 on a jumper by first-year point guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) with eight minutes to play until halftime. The Jumbos led 43-20 at the break, with Ummah scoring 10 points. The hosts shot 51.4 percent (19/37) in the first 20 minutes and out-rebounded the Saints 36-11. Emmanuel hit just 7 of 32 shots (21.9%) in the first half.

The game evened off in the second half, with the Saints out-scoring the Jumbos 41-35. The Jumbo lead was in the 20's until late in the half when a free throw by Jacque Pannell (Bloomfield, CT) pulled the Saints within 71-52 with 2:36 to play. A lay-up by Pannell in the final minute made the score 76-61, the closest the Saints were since the 10-minute mark in the first half.

Off to the best start in school history, Tufts won despite turning the ball over 30 times, including 18 in the first half. They finished with a huge 66-37 advantage in rebounds, with eight by senior co-captain Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) helping Ummah and Baily. Their 48.6 shooting percentage (35/72) was their second-best mark of the season. Their 19 assists tied a season-high, with five coming from Hart and five from sophomore Vanessa Miller (Cincinnati, OH).

Paez hit four three-pointers to lead the Emmanuel attack. The Saints earned a 15-6 scoring advantage at the free throw stripe, with Davis converting all four of her freebies. The Saints finished with 16 steals, but shot just 28 percent (21/75).