Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS HOLD OFF WHEATON COLLEGE FOR 71-67 NCAA TOURNAMENT WIN
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
NCAA Div. III Tournament 1st Round
Tufts 71, Wheaton (MA) 67
At Newburgh, NY
Friday, March 7, 2008
|Senior co-captain Khalilah Ummah has scored
20 or more points in four of the last six games
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- The Tufts University women's basketball team
advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 71-67 victory
over Wheaton College in a first-round game hosted by Mount St. Mary
College on Friday night. The Jumbos (24-3), making their first NCAA
Tournament appearance, will play host Mount St. Mary on Saturday at
Senior co-captain Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME)
continued her recent string of dominant performances in the post,
leading Tufts over Wheaton with 24 points, 11 rebounds and two
blocks. She scored on 12 of 22 shots. Tufts had four players score
in double digits overall, including 12 each by first-year point
Hart (Needham, MA) and sophomore Julia Baily (Farmington, CT).
Senior co-captain Jenna Gomez (Norfolk, MA) added 11 points,
five rebounds and three steals.
Tufts led Wheaton 35-28 at halftime after Wheaton had owned a
small lead earlier in the first half. The Lyons were up 12-8
following a three-pointer by Becky Aitchison at the 15-minute mark
of the first half. The Jumbos erased that and took the lead for good
with a 10-0 run featuring six points by Ummah. The Jumbo lead was
18-12 at 18:18 after a lay-up by Ummah. They pushed the margin up to
13 points, 35-22, with 1:30 left before Wheaton finished the half
with three-pointers by Jenny Champney and Krystin Hickey. Ummah had
12 points and six boards at the break for Tufts, while Champney led
Wheaton with nine points.
The Jumbos expanded the halftime margin to double-digits five
minutes into the second half. A lay-up by Gomez at 14:33 made it
47-34 Jumbos, and a three-pointer by
junior Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT) had Tufts up 56-42 at
the 10-minute mark. Over the next four minutes, the Lyons battled back with a 13-4 run that brought them
with 60-55 at 5:54. Eight of those points were scored at the line,
including four by Ida Kruse.
Jumpers by Bailey and Hickey put the score at 62-57 Tufts,
setting up a tight finish. The next seven points were scored at the
free throw line by both teams, adding up to a 66-60 Tufts advantage
with 2:25 to play. After Wheaton's Jennie Pleat scored to close the
Lyons within 66-62 at1:18, Tufts junior Katie
Tausanovitch (Lyme, NY) rebounded a Moynihan miss for a lay-up and
a 68-62 lead with 30 seconds on the clock. At the other end though, Hickey
had a traditional three-point play that made it a one-possession
game at 68-65 with 24 seconds left. Hart, the NESCAC leader in free throw percentage at
89.8 entering the game, sank two freebies at the other end with 17 seconds to
play for a 70-65 edge. A Wheaton miss with a rebound and free throw
from Tufts sophomore Vanessa Miller (Cincinnati, OH) brought
the Jumbos to victory lane.
The game was a lot tighter than the team's regular-season contest
on January 22. That night, Tufts limited the Lyons to just eight
second-half points while posting a 61-36 non-conference victory.
This time around the Lyons put up a good fight, but had their season
ended with a 22-7 record. Hickey led the Lyons with 19 points and
six rebounds. Champney recorded 12 points, while Pleat, Bri Smith
and Andrea Bailey each had eight.
Tufts, ranked second nationally in rebound margin, won the battle
of the boards 44-33. Moynihan tallied six to go with four assists.
Hart also had four assists for the winners, who will play a Mt. St.
Mary team in the second round that posted a 75-62 win over Albright
in Friday's other first-round match-up. The Tufts-Mt. St. Mary
winner will advance to the NCAA "Sweet 16."