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Wednesday, February 28, 2007


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.