Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
TUFTS FINISHES CONFERENCE SLATE WITH 7-2 MARK AFTER 62-51 WIN
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 62, Bates 51
At Medford, MA
Saturday, February 14, 2009
|Katie Puishys matched her season- and
career-high with 10 points on Seniors' Day
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University Jumbos, using 17 points from
sophomore guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA), finished the
NESCAC regular-season at 7-2 with a 62-51 victory over the Bates
College Bobcats on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gymnasium.
With the win, the Jumbos secured the No. 3 seed in the upcoming
NESCAC Tournament, while Bates currently sits in the No. 4 position.
The top four seeds host a first round contest next weekend. The
Jumbos will play 6 seed Wesleyan next Saturday (Feb. 21) at 3 pm and
the Bobcats host 5 seed Trinity on Saturday at 3. Tufts now stands
at 19-3 overall, while the Bobcats fell to 16-8.
Offense was hard to come by in the early going for both teams, as
a field goal was not made until the 14:38 mark of the first half
when Tufts first-year guard Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, MA)
buried a jumper. Kornegay chipped in with seven points and two
assists off the bench. Each team shot below 30-percent in the half,
as the first 20 minutes saw double the amount of turnovers (28) as
made field goals (14). The Jumbos were able to push ahead late in
the half to take a 23-17 lead into the break.
In the second half, Tufts pushed their lead to 10 at 29-19, but
the Bobcats rallied with a 12-4 run to pull within two points with
12:53 left in the second half. After that point, the Jumbos seized
control and built a 13-point advantage at 52-39.
The Bobcats did pull back within seven late in the game, but they
could not inch any closer. Both teams shot markedly better from the
floor in the second half as they each were at 48 percent. Tufts
finished at 36.9 percent (24/62) while Bates ended at 33.9 percent
(20/59). The Jumbos held a big advantage on the glass,
out-rebounding the Bobcats 48-37, including snatching 18 offensive
Bates senior forward Val Beckwith (Woburn, MA) led all scorers in
the contest with 18 points and also recorded a double-double with 11
boards while junior forward Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, MA) finished
with 17 points on six of 12 shooting from the field.
Tufts senior forward Katie Puishys (Huntington Beach, CA),
one of four Jumbos playing on Seniors' Day, had a fine contest. She
scored 10 points on five of seven shooting and blocked two shots.
The Jumbos will finish their regular season with a non-league
match-up on Tuesday night (Feb. 17) at Worcester State. Bates will
be off until the NESCAC tournament.