MEDFORD - Playing their first game at home following a season opening win at Brandeis, the #3 Tufts women's basketball team pulled off a 71-43 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University on Tuesday evening, limiting the Warriors to no more than 13 points in a single quarter.
|Senior Emma Roberson scored 13 points for the Jumbos, her second straight double digit point game|
The Jumbos hit the ground running with a quick 10-2 lead in the first quarter, jumpstarted by two three-point field goals, one apiece from junior Josie Lee and sophomore Lauren Dillon. Eastern rallied back, closing out the quarter with a 7-2 run to pull within four.
Tufts (2-0) muscled their way forward in the second quarter, scoring 21 while holding the Warriors to just six points. Dillon and senior Emma Roberson each netted two three-pointers in the half while Melissa Baptista added 10 points along with four rebounds and an assist to lead the Jumbos into halftime up 36-17.
Despite coming out of the half down by 19, the Warriors (3-1) kept pace with Tufts in the third quarter. Jill Ritrosky scored six of her team-high 10 points in the third for the Warriors while the Jumbos scored 10 points off of seven turnovers by Eastern. Though Tufts outscored the Warriors by just one point in the quarter, they headed into the final period with a 50-30 lead.
Led by efforts off the bench from freshman Jacqueline Knapp and sophomore Gina Doyle, who each contributed five points in the fourth quarter, the Jumbos managed 21 points including 14 off the bench while holding Eastern Conn to 13 once again. Doyle and freshman Katie Martensen scored the final two baskets of the game for Tufts as the game's final result was 71-43 in favor of the Jumbos.
Junior Michela North added nine points along with seven rebounds in the team effort for the Jumbos, while eight individual players scored at least five points in the contest. Following her 13-point effort at Brandeis, Roberson contributed 13 again tonight while tacking on four rebounds and four assists.
After going just 5-14 (35.7 percent) from three-point range in its season opener, Tufts rallied to go 9-14 (64.3 percent) in this game while shooting 44.1 percent overall from the field (26-59).
The Jumbos return to the court following the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday, Nov. 30 at home against U. of New England. Scheduled tip-off is at 7 p.m. The Warriors play next at home against St. Joseph's (CT) on December 1.