SPRINGFIELD - Senior Maura Folliard scored seven points with five rebounds during a decisive second quarter leading the 18th ranked Tufts University Women's Basketball team to a 67-36 victory over SUNY Plattsburgh at Springfield College's Hampton Inn West Springfield / Naismith Classic Saturday afternoon.
|Maura Folliard led Tufts in its big second quarter|
After taking a 10-5 lead at the end of one quarter, the Jumbos out-scored the Cardinals 22-8 in the second quarter to build a 32-13 margin at halftime. Tufts limited Plattsburgh to 3 for 15 shooting (20 percent) in the quarter and posted a 16-5 rebounding advantage for the period.
Folliard started the second quarter with a three-pointer, but Plattsburgh senior Devona Paul hit a pair of baskets that had the Cardinals within 17-9. However, the Jumbos scored 15 of the next 17 points to lead 32-11 with 30 seconds left in the period. Seven different players contributed to the Tufts run.
The Jumbos built their lead to as high as 33 points in the second half on their way to improving to 7-2. The Cardinals dropped to 5-3. Tufts will play the host Pride tomorrow at 3 pm and Plattsburgh will face Wesleyan Sunday at 1 pm as the classic-format tournament continues.
Folliard finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds for Tufts, who ended the game with a +24 rebounding margin (58-34). Senior tri-captain Emma Roberson filled up the stat sheet with 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. She was good on seven of 12 field goal attempts. Sophomore point guard Lauren Dillon posted eight points, five assists and three steals.
Tufts held the Cardinals to 26.7-percent shooting overall (12/45). The Cardinals committed 29 turnovers, which the Jumbos converted into a 26-6 bulge in points off turnovers.
Paul led Plattsburgh with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Mo Jones tallied seven points as Tufts held an opponent under 40 points for the second straight game. The Jumbos began second-semester action last Tuesday with a 66-35 win at Baruch.