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Tufts 66, Bates 55

At Lewiston, ME
Saturday, January 10, 2009

Game Statistics

Julia Baily's 18 points led the Jumbos, who improved to 9-1

LEWISTON, Me. -- The Tufts University women's basketball team, ranked 15th in the national poll, seized a 32-21 halftime lead and rode it to a 66-55 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon at Bates College.

The Jumbos (9-1) won their sixth straight game and will next host Williams on Friday night (Jan. 16) at Cousens Gym in their NESCAC opener. Bates (10-4) will host Colby on Tuesday at 7 pm in the Bobcats' final tune-up before beginning conference play on January 16 against Middlebury.

Junior Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) scored a team-high 18 points for Tufts, which shot 51.9 percent from the field (28/54) compared to Bates' 35.1 percent (20/57). Sophomore guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) added 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Jumbos, while seniors Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT) and Katie Tausanovitch (Lyme, NH) added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Tausanovitch had a game-high nine rebounds while first-year Rachel Figaro (Windham, NH) had eight rebounds in addition to nine points, propelling the Jumbos to a 38-32 advantage on the boards.

Lauren Yanofksy scored 18 points for the Bobcats, including 16 in the second half, and added five rebounds and four steals. Val Beckwith chipped in with 14 points, while Kellie Goodridge scored six points with a team-high seven rebounds.

Tufts never trailed in the game, as a three-pointer by Moynihan broke a 2-2 tie and began an early 9-2 run. A 6-0 spurt, featuring a pair of hoops by Baily, midway through the first half put the Jumbos in firm control at 28-15, prompting a Bates timeout. A pair of foul shots by Beckwith and another freebie by Goodridge cut the lead to nine, but a layup by Tausanovitch made it 32-21 at the half.

Bates managed to keep Tufts within shouting distance for much of the second half on the strength of a 20-3 advantage in points off turnovers, as well as an improved shooting percentage of 44.8 percent (13/29) in the period compared to 25.0 percent (7/28) in the first half. But Tufts began to pull away to a 17-point lead and led 66-49 with 2:12 to go before a pair of three-pointers by Maggie DePoy and ShawnRose Lanchantin cut the final margin to 11 at 66-55. Prior to DePoy's three the Bobcats were shooting 1 for 14 from behind the arc.