Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
TUFTS WINS WPI HOLIDAY INVITATIONAL WITH 81-60 FINAL OVER HOSTS
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
WPI Holiday Invitational Championship
Tufts 81, WPI 60
At Worcester, MA
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
|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 D3hoops.com 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.