Women's Hoops Heads To Tufts For Tourney Game

February 19, 2008

The Middlebury College women's basketball team will head to Tufts for a NESCAC quarterfinal game for the second straight season. The seventh-seeded Panthers will take on the second-seeded Jumbos on Saturday, February 23rd at 3:00 p.m. in one of four quarterfinal games taking place that day.

The two teams met just two weeks ago, with the Jumbos coming away with a 61-46 victory in Pepin Gym. Tufts went on a 19-3 run to start the second half on its way to the win.

Middlebury enters the game after a weekend split with Wesleyan and Connecticut College. The Panthers are making their seventh NESCAC Tournament appearance in the eight years the event has taken place. Middlebury is 2-6 overall in tournament play, falling in the first round five times, while advancing to the '02 title game. Middlebury has won two of three and three of five as they enter this weekend's game.

Juniors Ashley Barron and Emily Johnson have led the team in scoring this season. Barron averages 10.2 points/game this season along with 2.5 assists/contest. Johnson scores 10.1 points/game, while leading the team with 3.9 assists and 2.3 steals/game. The duo are the team's top three-point shooters, with Barron hitting 54 and Johnson knocking down 33 on the year.

Seniors Katie Fisher and Lani Young are tied for third in scoring with 9.1 points/game this season. Fisher earns 2.0 assists/game, while Young leads the team and is sixth in the NESCAC with 8.6 rebounds/game, while shooting .438 from the floor.

Junior Aylie Baker and sophomore Kaitlyn Fallon both stand over six feet tall for the Panthers in the front court. Baker averages 7.3 points/game and 5.2 rebounds/game, while Fallon scores 4.2 and grabs 3.2 boards/game off the bench.

First-year player Lauren Sanchez (4.1 ppg), senior Jennifer Kelleher (2.1 ppg), sophomore Alana Wall (2.5 ppg) and rookie Allison Needham (1.8 ppg) also see time off the bench.

Tufts enters the game with a school-record 21 wins against just two losses. The Jumbos won their first dozen games of the season before falling to top-seed Amherst by a pair. Tufts came back to win nine of its next 10 games with the lone loss coming at Williams. The Jumbos have the NESCAC top scoring defense, allowing just 51.9 points/game.

Khalilah Ummah leads the team in scoring (12.1 ppg), rebounding (10.3 rpg) and blocks (2.3 bpg), while shooting .510 from the floor this season. Colleen Hart (11.7 ppg, 3.8 apg), Katie Tausanovitch (10.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg), Julie Baily (8.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and Kim Moynihan (8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg) round out the Jumbo leaders.

2008 NESCAC Women's Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinals, Saturday, February 23rd
#8 Colby (8-15, 2-7) @ #1 Amherst (22-2, 7-2) - 2:00 p.m.
#7 Middlebury (13-11, 4-5) @ #2 Tufts (21-2, 7-2) - 3:00 p.m.
#6 Williams (16-8, 5-4) @ #3 Wesleyan (16-8, 6-3) - 3:00 p.m.
#5 Bates (15-9, 5-4) @ #4 Bowdoin (17-7, 6-3) - 2:00 p.m.