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Tufts 66, Wesleyan 52

At Middletown, CT
Saturday, February 2, 2008

Game Statistics

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Ranked 15th nationally in the latest poll, Tufts joined Wesleyan, Williams and Bowdoin as the four NESCAC teams with only one conference loss thus far by defeating Wesleyan on the road, 66-52, on Saturday afternoon. Wesleyan had started the day as the only undefeated squad in NESCAC play.

Tufts jumped out to an 18-5 lead 7:40 into the contest. Four of the Jumbos' seven baskets during the run were second-chance scores, two by senior co-captain Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME) and one each by junior Katie Tausanovitch (Lyme, NH) and senior co-captain Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA). While Tufts shot 7 for 12 over the first 7:40, Wesleyan hit just two baskets in 11 tries.

Tufts continued to extend the margin, going up 27-9 before the Cardinals finished off the final eight minutes with a 12-4 run to whittle the gap to 10 at intermission, 31-21. Junior Ali Fourney netted seven of her game-high 19 points to trigger the surge.

Tufts did not allow Wesleyan to get under double-digits the entire second half, keeping the Cardinals at bay by shooting 47 percent from the field to Wesleyan's 29 percent. Tufts dominated the boards with a 53-27 edge for the game. Tausanovitch led the way with 17, six of them offensive, while Ummah had 13, also six on the offensive glass. Both had 12 points as did junior Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT), but sophomore Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) paced the team with 14 points on 6 for 9 shooting.

Tufts saw it lead peak at 23 points, 53-30, with 9:25 to play. The closest Wesleyan got from that point was the final score. Senior Nikki Maletta also had double-digit scoring for the Cardinals with 16 points. Junior Meredith Lowe was the Wesleyan high rebounder with 10.

The Jumbos are next at Middlebury on Friday. Wesleyan will be on the road at Trinity that evening.