Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2000


MEDFORD – Tufts University basketball players Dan Flaherty (Fairfield, CT) and Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY) closed the first semester of action last week with huge individual efforts. As a result, both were named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Players of the Week yesterday.

Flaherty averaged 22.8 points and 10.2 rebounds while shooting 63.5 percent from the field in a 3-1 week for the Jumbos. He finished the week with a 33-point performance on 12 of 16 shooting in an 83-80 win over Cazenovia, surpassing the 1,000-point plateau for his career. He scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a tight double overtime loss at Hamilton, and posted 25 points and seven rebounds in an 85-84 OT win over Babson.

Goodman averaged 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two Tufts wins. She scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 67-59 win over Regis, and finished with 16 points and nine boards in a 63-50 road win over Wheaton. She made nine of 10 free throws in the two games. This is the second NESCAC Player of the Week honor for Goodman already this year. She was selected in the second week after scoring 31 points with nine rebounds at Johnson & Wales.

Both Tufts teams are off to good starts. Head coach Bob Sheldon's men are ranked among the New England Top 10 (they are not listed in any particular order for the first poll) with a 5-2 record. Head coach Janice Savitz's women are 4-1 with three straight wins. Both Flaherty (20.4 ppg) and Goodman (22.2 ppg) lead the NESCAC in scoring heading into the break for semester exams and the holidays.