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Tufts 70, Salem State 55

At Medford, MA
Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Game Statistics

Co-captain Khalilah Ummah scored eight of her 10 points in the second half for Tufts

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's basketball team out-scored Salem State College by 16 points in the second half to take a 70-55 victory over the Vikings on Tuesday night at Cousens Gym. Tufts remained undefeated at 7-0 while dealing Salem State (5-1) its first loss of the year.

Senior co-captain Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME) and junior Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT) scored eight points apiece in the second half as Tufts earned a 42-26 advantage for the frame. The Jumbo defense held the Vikings to 28.9 percent shooting (11/38) in the second half and had a 27-16 rebounding margin.

Salem State had a 29-28 lead at intermission. Tufts was ahead early, with a free throw by sophomore Casey Sullivan (Berlin, CT) putting them up 12-7 at the 14-minute mark. However, the Vikings scored the next 12 points to go ahead 19-12 on a three-pointer by senior tri-captain Melissa Macchi (Peabody, MA) at 8:00.

The Jumbos were able to tie the score at 23-23, and Salem took the one-point edge into the locker room after two free throws by senior tri-captain Lindsey Watkins (Wareham, MA) with six seconds left. Sophomore Danielle Jenkins (Marlborough, MA) had 11 points for Salem at the break to lead all scorers.

For 10 minutes of the second period, the game was a one-possession affair. Back-to-back three-pointers by Lindsay Weiner (Rockville, MD) and Moynihan gave Tufts a 48-43 lead and started a 14-2 run that put the Jumbos in control. After a lay-up by junior Katie Tausanovitch (Lyme, NH) concluded the stretch, Tufts led by 11 at 56-45 with 5:45 on the clock.

Salem pulled within nine points twice, including 58-49 on a lay-up by Macchi at 2:11. However, Tufts scored the next four points and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

First-year point guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) led Tufts with 16 points and added six assists. With a 6 for 6 effort at the free throw line, Hart is now 26 for 26 from the stripe this season. Tausanovitch had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with four blocks. Moynihan again filled the stat sheet with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. The Jumbos were 20 for 24 (83.3 percent) from the free throw line overall.

Jenkins finished with 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Vikings, while sophomore Manise Louinord (Lynn, MA) had 10 points, six rebounds and four steals off the bench. Macchi submitted nine points, five rebounds and two steals. The 55 points was the lowest total of the season for the Vikings.

Tufts' 7-0 start matches the 2004-05 and 1991-92 teams for the second-best in Jumbo history. The 1990-91 squad started 8-0, a mark that Tufts will attempt to tie at Simmons on Thursday.