This Week in Tufts Athletics: December 25 - 31

MEDFORD - Two teams are back in action after the holiday break and so we have a shortened edition of This Week in Tufts Athletics to preview the action!



Men's Basketball

When: Thursday at Pomona-Pitzer at 10 pm and Friday at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 10 pm
What you need to know: The men’s basketball will get back to work this week with a trip out west to take on Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Jumbos will play those two games out west before heading back home to get ready for NESCAC play which begins January 5th.  First up in California will be Pomona Pitzer on Thursday.  The Sagehens are 2-8 this season, with one of those wins coming earlier in December against La Sierra.  Junior Daniel Rosenbaum is averaging 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and sophomore Micah Elan is helping with 13.2 points per game, while Corbin Koch is averaging 10.4 points per game. The last time the Jumbos faced off with the Sagehens was back during the 2000-01 season when the Jumbos won 78-62 at the Holiday Classic.  After taking on the Sagehens on Thursday, the Jumbos will face off with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday. The Stags are 2-6 this season, with wins over Pomona-Pitzer and California Miramar.  Senior Michael Scarlett is averaging 16.7 points per game, classmate Kendrick Morris helps with 14.3 points and seven rebounds per game and classmate Scott Lynds has averaged 13.1 points per game this season. The Jumbos and the Stags haven’t faced off before, dating back to the 1999-2000 season.

Women's Basketball 

When: Friday vs. Albright at Montclair State at 6:30 pm and Saturday vs. TBD at Montclair State
What you need to know:  The No. 1 women’s basketball team heads to Montclair State this weekend for the Gelston/Paskert Holiday Tournament.  Joining the Jumbos and host Montclair State are Albright and DeSales. The Jumbos face off with Albright in the second game of the day on Friday as Montclair State takes on DeSales at 4:30 pm.  The winners play on Saturday at 1 pm and the consolation game is on Saturday at 3 pm. First up for the Jumbos will be Albright, who is 6-4 this season.  Most recently the Lions beat King’s College, but fell to Moravian and Widener.  Nina Mazzarelli is leading the offense with 15.5 points per game and Devan Horka and Alysha Lofton are helping with 13.5 and 13 points per game, respectively. Friday’s other game features DeSales, who is 5-4 this season, and Montclair State, who owns a 9-1 record and was receiving votes in the most recent national poll.  DeSales most recently fell to Muhlenberg and Stevens Institute to close out the first semester of play. Leandra Sterner leads the offense for the Bulldogs with 16.2 points per game and Kaitlin Kelly helps with 9.3 points per game.  Montclair State’s lone loss of the year came early in the season to Ithaca.  Katie Sire is averaging 22.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Red Hawks and Taylor Harmon has helped with 11.9 points per game. The Jumbos faced off with Albright during the 2015-16 season in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Scranton and won, 62-49.  During the 2014-15 season the Jumbos took on Montclair State in the third place game at the NCAA Championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan and fell 56-48.