Women's Basketball Heads To Tufts For NESCAC Quarters

February 13, 2007

The Middlebury College women's basketball will head to Tufts this weekend to take on the Jumbos in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Saturday, February 17th at 3:00 p.m. The seventh-seeded Panthers (12-12) will meet the second-seeded Jumbos (16-7) in one of four NESCAC quarterfinals contests taking place on Saturday.

The two teams met at Tufts on February 2nd, with the Jumbos coming away with a 61-50 victory. Tufts jumped out to a 26-6 lead in the first half and withstood a Middlebury comeback attempt in the second half to record the win.

Middlebury enters the game after a weekend split with Wesleyan and Connecticut College. The Panthers are making their sixth NESCAC Tournament appearance in the seven years the event has taken place. Middlebury is 2-5 overall, falling in the first round three times, while advancing to the '02 title game.

The Panthers have now won two of their last three contests entering the game. Middlebury has also used the same starting five for all 24 games this season.

Sophomore Emily Johnson is Middlebury's leading scorer with 12.6 points/game this season. She has enjoyed some explosive offensive games, scoring 20, 25 and a career-high 31 points at Colby this season. Johnson shoots a team-high .822 from the free throw line, on a team that leads the NESCAC with a .727 clip from the charity stripe. She also boasts a team-best 48 three's, to go along with her 3.33 assists/game.

Ashley Barron is next on the squad with 10.0 points/night along with 46 shots made from behind the arc. The sophomore has been in double-figures 13 times this season.

Junior Lani Young has been a force on the boards for the Panthers. She leads the team with 8.4/game, putting her third among her NESCAC peers. She has earned double-figures on the glass eight times this season, including 14 at Colby-Sawyer. Young averages 9.6 points/game and shoots .441 from the floor, highest among the team's starting line-up.

Junior Katie Fisher has been a steady threat for the Panthers all season long. She averages 9.2 points/game, to go along with her 62 assists.

Aylie Baker rounds out the starting five with 6.1 points/game this season. She is second on the team with 6.4 rebounds/contest, while leading the team and ranking second in the NESCAC with 1.75 blocks/game.

Senior Carlie Harrington and rookie Kaitlyn Fallon also see significant time off the bench. Harrington (3.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg) has 33 assists on the season, while Fallon scores 2.5 points and grabs 2.7 rebounds/game.

Tufts enters the game with five wins in its last six contests, including five NESCAC wins down the stretch. The Jumbos are making their sixth tournament appearance in seven years, falling in the first-round each season.

Valerie Krah leads the team in scoring and is seventh in the league with 14.2 points/game, with a team-high 44 three-point field goals. Khalilah Ummah is next with 10.5 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds/game, while Jenna Gomez scores 9.3/contest to round out the top scorers. Taryn Miller-Stevens is third in the NESCAC with 4.39 assists/game.

2007 NESCAC Women's Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinals, Saturday, February 17th
#8 Trinity (12-11, 3-6) @ #1 Bowdoin (23-1, 9-0) - 3:00 p.m.
#7 Middlebury (12-12, 3-6) @ #2 Tufts (16-7, 8-1) - 3:00 p.m.
#6 Amherst (12-12, 3-6) @ #3 Bates (14-9, 6-3) - 3:00 p.m.
#5 Wesleyan (14-8, 5-4) @ #4 Williams (19-5, 6-3) - 4:00 p.m.