Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS HOLD OFF UMASS DARTMOUTH FOR 66-60 NON-LEAGUE VICTORY
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 66, UMass Dartmouth 60
At Medford, MA
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
|Sophomore Colleen Hart scored a career-high
MEDFORD -- Sophomore guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA)
scored a career-high 23 points as the Tufts University women's
basketball team was able to stave off a valiant effort from the
UMass Dartmouth Corsairs and post a 66-60 victory in non-conference
play at Cousens Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
UMass Dartmouth, with only six players dressed and five players
available after an early injury, led 28-27 at the half and was tied
52-52 with 8:36 remaining in the second half. Tufts used a 9-1 run
over the next four minutes to take a 61-54 lead on a three-pointer
by Hart with 4:31 on the clock. The Jumbos had at least a
two-possession lead the rest of the way as the Corsairs ran out of
Tufts, ranked 15th in the D3hoops.com national poll this week,
improved to 16-2 with their fourth straight victory. Junior
Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA) scored 21 of her game-high 27
points in the second half to help keep UMass Dartmouth in the game.
The Corsairs lost for the sixth straight time and fell to 3-17
The Jumbos held UMD scoreless for most of the first six minutes
of the game. Five points by Hart in the early going helped the hosts
take a 12-0 lead. A lay-up by senior guard Madison Malloy
(Cranston, RI) at 14:07 was the first Corsair hoop. Tufts
expanded its lead to 14 points (18-4) after a lay-up by Hart at the
12-minute mark. That was right about the time that Malloy had to
leave the floor with an injury and would not return. UMass Dartmouth
played the final 32 minutes of the game with five players.
Those five represented the blue and yellow well, as the Corsairs
erased the Tufts lead with a 20-4 run that gave them a 24-22 lead on
a three-pointer by sophomore Kelly Whooley (Raynham, MA) with
6:36 to go until intermission. Like Ashmeade in the second half, UMD
senior Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA) carried the guests
in the first half, scoring 11 points during the run including three
threes. With Tufts scoring just seven points in the last 11 minutes
of the first half, the Corsairs unexpectedly had a 28-27 advantage
at the break.
The teams played to a 37-37 tie three minutes into the second
half. Tufts managed to grab a small lead, with junior guard
Vanessa Miller (Cincinnati, OH) hitting a pair of baskets that
put the Jumbos ahead by seven (50-43) at 11:47. The Corsairs went on
a 9-2 surge, with threes by Ashmeade and Andruszkiewicz, to tie the
game at 52-52 with 8:36 to play. That's when the Jumbos were able to
finish off the Corsairs down the stretch, taking a 66-56 advantage
on a lay-up by first-year guard Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, MA)
with 1:42 remaining.
Hart hit on nine of 15 shots including three threes and two free
throws for her 23 points and added seven rebounds, five assists and
four steals. Junior Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) and senior
co-captain Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT) had 12 points
each, with Baily adding 11 rebounds and Moynihan finishing with
eight rebounds and four assists. The Tufts starters logged 145
minutes in the game and the hosts got just seven points from the
bench. The Jumbos finished at 39.7 percent from the floor (24/56).
Tufts won the rebounding battle 45-32.
Ashmeade scored on 11 of 21 field goal attempts, including eight
of 13 in the second half. She was three for four on three-pointers
overall. Andruszkiewicz finished with 13 points and junior Kaylin
Nelson (New Bedford, MA) produced a double-double with 12 points
and a game-high 14 rebounds. The Corsairs were eight for 14 from
three-point territory (57.1 percent) overall and finished at 42.9
percent shooting overall (24/56).
Tufts faces a big conference weekend with games at Trinity on
Friday night and at #9 Amherst on Saturday. UMass Dartmouth plays a
Little East game on Saturday at home against Keene State.