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Tuesday, November 20, 2007


MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's basketball team won the 2007 EC Tip-Off Tournament at Endicott College over the weekend with victories against Rhode Island College and the host Gulls. Senior co-captain and forward Khalilah Ummah (Litchfield, ME/Waynflete) led the Jumbos and has been named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week for the first week of the season.

This is Ummah's third NESCAC Player of the Week honor. She was selected twice last season, for which Tufts finished second in the conference for the regular season and in the post-season tournament. Coach Carla Berube's team got off to a good start this season, with Ummah's play in the post leading the way.

In the two games, Ummah scored on 15 of 21 field goal attempts for an outstanding .714 shooting percentage. She scored 34 points for an average of 17.0 per game. She grabbed 14 rebounds (7.0) per game and added three assists, two steals and a block as she was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player.

In the opening round 78-44 win over the Anchorwomen, Ummah scored 15 points (6 for 9 shooting) with seven rebounds and an assist, block and steal in 25 minutes. She followed that up with 19 points on 9 for 12 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 28 minutes during the championship game victory, 74-69.

Ummah finished second on the team with 10.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last year, when she emerged as a leader of the Jumbos.