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Monday, January 25, 2010


Julia Baily became a two-time NESCAC Player of the Week winner today

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's basketball team posted two important conference victories against nationally ranked teams this weekend. Junior forward Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) was a leading contributor to both wins, and she has earned her second New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week honor because of it.

Coach Carla Berube's Jumbos posted a 72-57 win on Friday night against a Colby College team that had won its previous eight games. The Mules were ranked #25 in the national poll. On Saturday afternoon, Tufts won 52-40 against #13 Bowdoin College. With the victories, the #16 Jumbos improved to 15-2 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC for third place.

Baily led Tufts in scoring on both nights. She hit six of 12 field goal attempts and made eight of nine at the free throw line for 20 points against Colby. She had 11 of her points and six rebounds in the second half when the Jumbos pulled away from the Mules. Versus the Polar Bears, she was good on seven of 12 field goals and two free throws for 16 points. Her play was crucial again in the second half, with her 10 points helping the Jumbos overcome a 21-18 deficit at intermission.

Baily also had nine rebounds in both games, including four on the offensive end against Bowdoin. In the two games, she averaged 18 points overall on 54.2 percent (13/24) shooting and 90.9 percent free-throw success (10/11).

This is the third conference Player of the Week award for the 2009-10 Jumbos. Baily was previously honored on November 30.

For the season, Baily is second in NESCAC with 15.9 points per game, third with 8.6 rebounds per game, and sixth with a .773 free throw percentage among other top 10 rankings.

Tufts plays a non-conference game at home against Emerson tomorrow night before traveling to Connecticut for NESCAC games at Wesleyan and at Connecticut College this weekend (Jan. 29-30).