Women's Hoops Falls At Tufts

February 2, 2007

Middlebury dropped to 2-4 in NESCAC play as the Panthers dropped a 61-50 game at Tufts on Friday night. Middlebury returns to action at Bates on Saturday. Tufts stormed to a 26-6 lead in the first half and withstood a Middlebury comeback attempt in the second half to record the win.

Valerie Krah hit a three-pointer at 9:31 of the first half to give the Jumbos a 22-6 lead. Jenna Gomez added 14 points to the Jumbo attack, while Laura Jasinski finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.

Lani Young had 12 points to lead the visitors. Katie Fisher was the only other Panther in double figures with 10 points. Aylie Baker had six points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Middlebury finished just 19 for 68 from the floor (27.9 percent) including 4 for 20 (20%) from three-point territory.

The Jumbos owned two 20-point leads in the first half. They sprinted to a 7-0 lead and then used a 19-4 stretch to go ahead 26-6 with 3:27 to play until halftime. They would lead 29-9 with 90 seconds until halftime and were up 31-15 at the break. Gomez had nine points at the half to lead Tufts. Middlebury's Emily Johnson had five points.

Middlebury showed resiliency in the second half, coming out of the locker room with a 13-3 run that got them within six at 34-28 on a three-pointer by Johnson at 15:41. Five different Panthers contributed to the stretch. The Jumbos stopped the spurt with six straight points of their own to lead 40-28 at the 10-minute mark. Krah and Gomez had three points apiece.

Tufts pushed the margin to 16 points, 46-30, at 8:06 on a lay-up by Krah. However, the Panthers again hung tough and were within seven points, 51-44, with three minutes to go. Young had eight points during that 14-5 streak for the visitors. The Jumbos were able to keep Middlebury at bay with a five-point swing, and went on to the victory.