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Monday, February 5, 2007


MEDFORD -- With a three-pointer at the 9:31 mark of the first half against Middlebury College on Friday night, Tufts University senior Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ/Mountain Lakes) became the women's basketball program's all-time leader in three-point field goals with 127. She currently has 131 in 394 attempts (.332) entering the final week of the regular season.

Krah entered the season with 90 three-pointers, fourth place all-time. She reached the century mark during Tufts' 82-50 win at home against Simmons on December 7. She soon passed former Jumbos Shelley Pedersen (1993-97) and Jessica Powers (2002-06) and tied Hironaka at 126 with two against Wesleyan on January 27. The 126th three-pointer was a dramatic one from the left corner with nine seconds on the clock that gave the Jumbos a 60-58 victory over Wesleyan. Hironaka, currently a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force who will be flying for the Hawaii Air National Guard, played at Tufts from 1995-99.

After coming to Tufts in 2003, Krah netted 14 three-pointers during her freshman season. She missed eight games that year with a broken hand. Her 37 threes in 95 attempts during the 2004-05 season represents the best percentage (.389) in a single-season for Jumbos with more than 25 threes in a year. Krah's 39 threes last season are tied for fourth-best in a season, and she's established a personal high with 41 trifectas this year.

Krah is in the midst of a strong senior season. At 7-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), the Jumbos are off to their best-ever start in the league. Krah has led the team in scoring in five of those games, including a career-high 21 points against Middlebury on the night she set the record. She leads the Jumbos with 14.3 points per game. Her career-high 300 points this year have lifted her career total to 853.

"Val is a talented scorer who eats, breathes and sweats the game of basketball," head coach Carla Berube said. "She's our go-to player and sets a good example by being dedicated and hard working."

The Jumbos, 15-6 overall, have a first-place showdown against #2 in the nation Bowdoin College on Friday night in Brunswick, Maine. Both teams are undefeated in the league.