Teams: Women's Basketball: Press
Monday, March 1, 2010
JUMBOS EARN THIRD CONSECUTIVE NCAA
|Junior tri-captain Vanessa Miller is one of
six Jumbos who will appear in their third NCAA Tournament
MEDFORD -- For the third straight year, the Tufts University
women's basketball team has earned an at-large invitation into the
NCAA Division III Tournament. Coach Carla Berube's Jumbos were sent
out-of-region to the Kean, New Jersey bracket, where they will play
Muhlenberg College in the first round on Friday night. The game will
start at 6 pm.
Tufts was one of five NESCAC teams to earn NCAA berths. Twelve
New England teams made the field overall. Tufts and Williams were
the only two of the 12 to be sent out of region. Ranked #25 in the
last D3Hoops.com poll, Tufts (20-5) plays the #22 Muhlenberg Mules
(21-5). The host Kean Cougars (26-1), ranked #2 by D3Hoops, plays
the unranked Penn State-Berks Nittany Lions (19-9) in the other
first-round game at 8 pm. Friday night's winners will play in the
second round on Saturday (Mar. 6) at 6 pm.
Playing out-of-region is nothing new to the Jumbos. Due to the
old court at Cousens Gymnasium being too short to host NCAA
Tournament games, the Jumbos have played three NCAA Tournament
weekends outside of New England. They went to Mount St. Mary's in
New York and to Messiah in Pennsylvania in 2008, and to Moravian in
Pennsylvania. This season, although their home gym was remodeled to
accommodate a regulation-length court, Tufts will travel to New
The Jumbos are 4-2 in NCAA Tournament play. In 2008, they opened
with a 71-67 victory against Wheaton College and then won the
regional with a 54-38 victory against Mount St. Mary. At the "Sweet
16," they defeated Mary Washington 48-45 before they were eliminated
by Messiah 55-49. Last season, they won their opener against
Moravian 80-70 before losing to The College of New Jersey in the
second round 57-55.
Muhlenberg fell to McDaniel College for the Centennial Conference
title, and is one of three Centennial schools to earn a bid to the
tournament. The Mules, who had won the conference title the previous
two years, will compete in the NCAA tournament for the sixth time in
school history and for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
Tufts features the top two scorers in the NESCAC. Junior guard
Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) averages 16.6 points per game. Her 72
three-pointers are 13 more than anyone else in the league. Senior
Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) is at 15.6 ppg for second in NESCAC.
Sophomore guard Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, MA) is just outside
of the top 10 scorers with an 11.8 average. Baily is the
conference's second-best rebounder with an average of 9.1 per game,
while sophomore Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, NY) has a
6.4 average on the boards. Junior guard Vanessa Miller
(Cincinnati, OH) leads the conference with 81 steals. Baily's
1.32 blocks per game are seventh-best in NESCAC.
NCAA Div. III Women's Basketball Tournament bracket
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