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WPI Holiday Invitational Championship
Tufts 81, WPI 60

At Worcester, MA
Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Game Statistics

Tournament MVP Colleen Hart

WORCESTER -- Tournament MVP Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) notched game-bests of 20 points and eight assists to spark Tufts to a 81-60 win over host WPI in the championship game of the WPI Holiday Invitational presented by Hilton Garden Inn. With Wednesday�s result, the nationally ranked Jumbos improve to 7-1 while the Engineers slip to 6-4.

Tufts shot a sizzling 51.6 percent from the floor, including draining 6 of 12 attempts from behind the three-point arc. Hart highlighted four Jumbos in double figures as junior Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) and senior Katie Tausanovitch (Lyme, NH) each tallied 16 points, while first-year Rachel Figaro (Windham, NH) registered 12.

The Jumbos took a 32-24 advantage into the locker room at halftime after sophomore Lindsay Weiner (Rockville, MD) canned a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the first stanza. Hart poured in 13 of her 20 points after the break while Tausanovitch connected on 6 of 7 attempts from the field after the intermission en route to 14 second-half points.

Tufts, ranked 16th in the latest Top 25, forced 18 turnovers on the day and held a decisive 25-6 advantage in points off miscues. The visitors also distributed the basketball well, collecting 19 assists on 33 made field goals.

Serena Dubois (Bangor, ME) led WPI by equaling her career-best with 18 points. Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) led the Engineers on the glass by corralling a career-high 13 rebounds. Point guard Natasha Deschene (Presque Isle, ME) chipped in with nine points while Fontaine contributed seven.

In addition to Hart, the all-tournament team included Baily from Tufts, the WPI duo of Dubois and Fontaine, Brianna Peterson (Garnerville, NY) of Catholic and Talaya Woodall (Bensalem, PA) of Maine Machias. Earlier in the day, Catholic defeated the Clippers 91-39 in the consolation game.

Tufts is back on the hardwood next Wednesday (Jan. 7) when they play at Emmanuel at 7pm. After a day off on Friday, WPI returns to action at the ECAC Holiday Tournament in Orlando, FL. The Engineers will play the first of their two games in the tournament when they face Sage on Saturday at 7 pm.