Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
TUFTS HOLDS OFF WHEATON FOR NINTH STRAIGHT WIN, 79-71
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 79, Wheaton 71
At Medford, MA
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
|Kim Moynihan's 17 points and eight rebounds
were a key to the win
MEDFORD -- Senior Katie Tausanovitch (Lyme, NH) poured in
23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the 11th ranked Tufts
University women's basketball team improved to 12-1 overall with a
79-71 victory over Wheaton College in non-conference play at Cousens
Gym on Tuesday night.
In a competitive game between teams that met in the first round
of the NCAA Tournament last year, Tufts was able to take an
eight-point halftime lead, built it to 15 early in the second half
and then held off a late Wheaton run. The visiting Lyons were led by
26 points and nine rebounds from junior Jenny Champney (Bedford,
MA). Wheaton (9-7) lost for the second time in three games.
The teams were tied 13-13 nine minutes into the game, with
Champney scoring seven early points for the Lyons. Tufts would lose
the services of starting point guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA)
after she took an inadvertent elbow halfway into the first period.
Two baskets by senior co-captain Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT)
helped Tufts to a 19-14 advantage at 8:35, but the Lyons scored
10 of the next 14 points (five by Champney) to go ahead 24-23 with
5:44 to go until intermission.
From there the Jumbos scored the next 10 points to lead by nine,
33-24, and they went to the locker room with a 34-26 lead.
Tausanovitch had eight points and five rebounds at the break for
Tufts, which won the battle of the boards 29-18 in the first 20
minutes. The Jumbos had 11 assists on their 15 first-half baskets,
including four from junior Casey Sullivan (Berlin, CT).
Wheaton shot just 26.7 percent in the half (8/30), but Champney's 14
points and seven rebounds had them well within range.
Three more points by Champney helped Wheaton cut the gap to five
(36-31) early in the second half, but the Jumbos answered with a
14-4 stretch that opened up a 50-35 lead on a three-point play by
junior Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) at the 15-minute mark.
Tausanovitch, Moynihan and Bailey combined for the 14 points.
Wheaton chipped away with a three by Champney at 11:51 and another
by senior Bri Smith (Westford, MA) at 9:08 both cutting the
margin down to 10 points. A pair of free throws by Tausanovitch had
Tufts up 12 (63-51), but Wheaton initiated an 8-0 run, with four
points from senior tri-captain Jennie Pleat (Nashua, NH), to
get within 63-59 with 6:12 remaining.
At this critical juncture, Tufts used a 10-2 stretch to work
their lead back up to 12 at 73-61 on a lay-up by Tausanovitch at
3:05. Wheaton twice got within seven before the final minute, and
was down 76-69 after two Champney free throws with 22 seconds
remaining, but two late free throws by Sullivan locked up the win
for the Jumbos.
Moynihan added 17 points and eight rebounds and Bailey supplied
13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks to the Tufts victory.
Sullivan finished with nine points and seven assists. Tufts finished
with a 50-35 advantage on the boards and had 20 assists on 30
Wheaton, whose 71 points were the second-most against Tufts this
season, got 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists from senior
tri-captain Krystin Hickey (Manchester, NH). Junior Andrea
Bailey (Needham, MA) was active for the Lyons with seven points,
five rebounds, four steals and two assists. Smith added seven points
and four assists. Wheaton finished at 34.4 percent (21/61) from the
floor, including just two for 12 from three-point land (15.4
percent). They were a solid 27 of 31 from the line though (87.1