Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
BAILY LEADS JUMBOS TO 20th WIN IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE AT
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 58, Worcester St. 47
At Worcester, MA
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
|Junior Julia Baily poured in a game-high 21
WORCESTER -- Junior forward Julia Baily (Farmington,
CT) tallied a game-high 21 points with six rebounds and three
steals to help lead nationally-ranked Tufts to a 58-47 victory over
Worcester State this evening at Lancer Gymnasium in non-conference
women's basketball action.
Winners of nine of their last 10 games, the Jumbos improve to
20-3 on the season while Worcester State dips to 8-15 overall. As of
this afternoon, Tufts has moved up one spot to #15 in the latest
d3hoops.com women's basketball poll.
Baily scored her 21 points going eight for 12 from the field
while she also made all five of her free throw attempts. Sophomore
Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) notched 10 points with four swipes
while senior co-captain Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT)
added eight points with three assists.
The Lancers were paced by first-year Kaleigh Charette (Fairhaven,
MA), who scored a team-best 10 points with nine rebounds and four
helpers while senior Erin McCullough (Harvard, MA) and sophomore
Alexis George (Worcester, MA) each chipped in with nine and eight
Leading 9-7 with 12:32 left to go in the opening stanza, Tufts
went on a 10-2 run over the next seven minutes of play to take a
19-9 lead. Three minutes later Worcester State responded when
McCullough and Charette combined to score 10 straight points to tie
the contest at 19-19 with 3:22 left in the period.
The Jumbos then answered right back with a 7-2 spurt to end the
first period with Baily scoring all seven points. Baily would end
the frame scoring 15 points.
Tufts came out of the locker room with a 9-2 run over the first
three and a half minutes of play (37-23) and extended their largest
lead up to 46-29 at 11:11. The Lancers whittled the advantage down
to nine with a quick 10-2 run at 7:44 (48-39), but a jumper by Jumbo
junior Casey Sullivan (Berlin, CT) would bring the lead back
up to 11 and the Jumbos would maintain a double-digit lead for the
rest of the contest.
Worcester State out rebounded the visitors 35-32, but Tufts did
their damage off of points off of turnovers (17-9) and second-chance
points (12-1). The Jumbos also forced 21 turnovers due in part to
stealing 11 basketballs.
After connecting for six for 23 from the field in the first half,
the Lancers improved to shoot 48 percent of their field goals (10
for 21) while they also made five of 12 shots from beyond the arc
(42 percent). Tufts shot a modest 38 percent for the contest while
only making four of 16 attempts from downtown (25 percent).
Tonight marked the last home game for McCullough who was honored
in a pre-game ceremony.
Tonight's game was the regular-season finale for the Jumbos as
they will entertain Wesleyan at 3 pm in the quarterfinal round of
the NESCAC Championship Tournament on Saturday. The Lancers wrap up
the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Salem State for a
chance at a home-floor advantage in the playoffs in a 4 PM contest.