Teams: Women's Basketball: Press
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
KRAH, BERUBE GET NESCAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RECOGNITION
|All-NESCAC Second Team pick Valerie Krah
|NESCAC Coach of the Year Carla Berube
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's basketball team recently
completed one of the best seasons in its history, and the New
England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has taken notice.
The conference's coaches voted Jumbo head coach Carla Berube
as the Coach of the Year, and selected Jumbo senior guard Valerie
Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ/Mountain Lakes) to the
All-Conference Second Team.
Berube guided the Jumbos to one of the most-improved seasons in the
country. In 2006-07, the Tufts post-season included many firsts.
With an 8-1 record in NESCAC play, Tufts earned the #2 seed in the
conference tournament for the first time. They won their first
NESCAC Tournament game in the quarter-finals, 65-50, over Middlebury
College on February 17. That was followed by a 52-39 victory against
Bates in the semi-finals that gave the Jumbos their first appearance
in the conference championship game. Against seven-time defending
NESCAC champion Bowdoin, the Jumbos were within five points with
five minutes left and ran out of steam for a 64-48 loss. The team's
18-8 record tied for the second-most wins in team history with the
2003-04 squad, also coached by Berube. All of this came after Tufts
finished 10-13 overall and 3-6 in the league last year. She has now
coached three of the four �winningest� teams in Tufts history.
Krah, hampered by injuries in her freshman and junior seasons, had
her best year as a Jumbo. She led Tufts with 13.9 points per game
and 49 three-pointers. She is currently seventh in NESCAC in scoring
and third in three-pointers made. She's ranked sixth in steals per
game with 2.04, and also handed out 59 assists and blocked 16 shots
in 26 games. Krah became the team's career leader in three-pointers
this year and finished her career with 139. She earned NESCAC Player
of the Week after having the most productive back-to-back games in
her collegiate career from a scoring standpoint with 21 points
against Middlebury on February 2 and 18 more against Williams on
Feb. 3. Almost certainly a 1,000 point scorer if not for games
missed due to injury, she leaves the team with 915 points in 85
games played in her career.
The Jumbos were on the bubble for their first-ever NCAA Tournament
berth, but were not selected to the field on Sunday.