WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Senior captain Michela North led all scorers with 14 points and posted a game-high nine rebounds for the No. 1 Tufts University women's basketball team during a 63-42 win over St. Lawrence at the Williams Tournament on Friday evening in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
|Sadie Otley scored nine points off the bench for the Jumbos.|
The Jumbos' defense provided a huge spark in the first half, as the squad relinquished only 12 points in the first 20 minutes of action, with five coming in the first quarter and seven coming in the second. The Jumbos (5-0) are only allowing 42.2 points per game this season, which ranks No. 1 in the NESCAC Conference.
Junior guard Jennie Mucciarone posted 12 points, while shooting 5-for-10 from the field for the Jumbos. Junior captain and point guard Lauren Dillon and freshman guard Sadie Otley each registered nine points, as the two guards both shot 3-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.
Junior guard Jenny Scudder posted a team-high 13 points, while shooting 5-for-6 from the field off the bench for the Saints (0-4). The Saints also received strong performances from senior captain and forward Caroline Dalton (eight points, six rebounds) and junior captain and guard Kaelyn Kohlasch (seven points, six rebounds).
The Jumbos scored the first 11 points of the game, as a 3-pointer from Dillon gave the squad an 11-0 lead with 6:39 left in the opening quarter. The Jumbos led 19-5 at the end of the first, and then Otley nailed a 3-point field goal with 7:52 left in the half, giving the Jumbos a commanding 24-7 advantage. Mucciarone converted on a layup attempt with 1:05 left in the second, as the Jumbos took a 34-12 lead into the locker room.
The Saints answered with an 18-point, third-quarter effort, which was six more points than the squad tallied in the entire first half. The Saints opened the second half with a 6-0 surge, as a jump shot by Dalton trimmed the deficit to 16 with 7:54 left in the third.
The Saints made the contest an 11-point game with 3:48 left in the third, as a layup by sophomore guard Sarah Thomas trimmed the Jumbos' lead to 36-25. The Jumbos outscored the Saints, 11-5, during the rest of the quarter, and they took a 47-30 lead into the final frame.
Seven different Jumbos scored in the fourth quarter, as the team won the quarter, 16-12. The Jumbos were led in the final frame by a four-point effort from Otley, while Scudder and Kohlasch combined for 11 points for the Saints.
The Jumbos will be back in action on Saturday, as they will prepare for a 1 p.m. matchup against Clarkson in the second-day action at the Williams Tournament in Williamstown, Massachusetts.