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Tufts 84, Colby 60

At Medford, MA
Saturday, February 16, 2008

Game Statistics

Khalilah Ummah had 17 points and 19 rebounds on Seniors Day

MEDFORD -- Five Jumbos scored in double figures as the 21st ranked Tufts women's basketball team completed its regular season with a 21-2 record following an 84-60 victory against Colby College in NESCAC play on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gymnasium.

The Jumbos will be the second seed in the conference tournament that starts next Saturday (Feb. 23). They will host seventh seed Middlebury College. Colby, which finished 8-15 overall, is the eighth seed in the NESCAC Tournament and will play at top seed Amherst next Saturday.

On Seniors' Day at Tufts, Jumbos Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME) and Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) were key ingredients to the victory against Colby. Ummah collected a career-high 19 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end, to go with 17 points and five blocks in a monster effort. The 19 boards are the most at Tufts since Shelley Pedersen corralled 20 in a game in 1996. Gomez finished with 14 points, a season-high five steals and three assists. Ummah was 8 for 12 from the floor and Gomez shot 7 for 11.

The Jumbos did not trail in the game, spurting to a 10-1 lead in the first four minutes. Junior Katie Tausanovitch (Lyme, NH), who finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, scored six of the early points. Tufts was up 23-11 when Colby rattled off six straight points to pull within six (23-17) after two free throws by senior co-captain Katie McCabe (Watertown, CT) at 8:02. That's as close as they would be for the rest of the game. McCabe finished as the game-high scorer with 20 points and also pulled down nine rebounds.

The Jumbos responded by scoring the next eight points, capped by a three-pointer from junior Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT), to lead 31-17 with 5:36 to play in the first half. Tufts led by as many as 18 in the first half (41-23) and was up 41-28 at the break. Tausanovitch's nine points led the hosts at intermission, while McCabe had scored 10 for the Mules.

Tufts opened the second half with a 17-2 stretch that gave them a 28-point, 58-30 lead on a lay-up by Ummah with 13:53 on the clock. Colby brought the margin down under 20 points, 60-43, behind the strength of first-year Meredith Aronson's (Mountain Lakes, NJ) play. However, a 17-4 Jumbo run pushed their lead to 30 points (77-47) on Ummah's lay-up at 5:41. Six Tufts players scored during the stretch. The healthy margin allowed Tufts coach Carla Berube to empty her bench in the final minutes.

The 84 points scored topped Friday night's 83-point performance against Bowdoin as the best of the season for Tufts. First-year Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) finished with 13 points and seven assists, while sophomore Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) scored 10 points. The Jumbos owned the boards, taking a 55-28 advantage. Their ball movement was again excellent, recording 21 assists on 35 baskets.

The Mules took advantage of 25 Tufts fouls by hitting 31 of 39 free throw attempts (79.5 percent). McCabe was 12 for 16 individually. Aronson ended up with 14 points for the visitors, who made only 14 field goals in the game.