Women's Basketball Gets Back to Its Winning Ways, By 41

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's basketball team defeated DeSales University, 82-41, to rebound after their first loss of the season last night. The victory marks the Jumbos' (10-1) second of the season by 40 or more points and it was the Bulldogs' (5-6) first such loss.

Knapp continues her strong play with 14 points and six rebounds.

Melissa Baptista led the way again, recording a double-double, with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals. She was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts today and yesterday.

Jac Knapp also had a big night with 14 points and six rebounds, while Emily Briggs finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

The first quarter was tightly-contested with both teams holding the lead at one point. There were four lead changes and the score was tied six times in the quarter alone. The frame ended with the score knotted at 19. Baptista opened the scoring with the Jumbos' first two buckets and had eight points in the quarter. Knapp added five of her own, including one from behind the arc.

Tufts had an excellent second quarter, only allowing the Bulldogs to score six points. Lily Paro hit a pair of three-pointers, while Briggs added two buckets of her own. Tufts would go into the break up, 39-25. Lauren Dillon was a big part of the team's success in the first half, dishing out five assists.

The Jumbos exploded in the second half, outscoring DeSales, 43-16, in the final two frames. Dillon opened the third quarter with a pair of three-pointers and finished the game with 10 points, three rebounds and five assists.

Eight different Jumbos scored in the fourth quarter to wrap the game up. Erica DeCandido and Baptista led the way with four points each in the quarter.

DeSales travels to Eastern University on Jan. 3. The Jumbos are next in action after the new year, on the 5th, when they play in their first conference game of the season at Colby.


Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern