Briggs Leads Jumbos to a 61-45 NESCAC Win Over Middlebury

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's basketball team defeated Middlebury College today at Cousens Gym, 61-45, for their second win in as many days.

Briggs had a season and career-high 16 points today in the win.

While the Jumbos (14-2, 3-1 NESCAC) led the Panthers (12-4, 2-2 NESCAC) for most of the game, it was a closely contested matchup.

Emily Briggs led both teams with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Erica DeCandido had her second double-double in a row with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Betsy Knox led Middlebury with 12 points.

The first quarter was back and forth, with three lead changes over the course of the quarter. Lauren Dillon had five points in the frame off of two shots and a free throw. The Jumbos went into the second quarter up, 14-8.

Tufts never trailed in the second, but the Panthers did cut the lead to two with three minutes remaining after a pair of free throws by Knox. Jac Knapp would end the half with a layup to go into the break with a 25-21 Jumbo lead.

Middlebury would briefly take the lead at the beginning of the third quarter off of points from Lily Kuntz and Maya Davis. After being down two, the Jumbos went on a 14-0 run powered by Briggs and DeCandido to regain the lead, 41-29. A three-pointer by Baptista would end the quarter with Tufts ahead by nine.

The Jumbos increased their lead in the final frame, outscoring the Panthers 15-8 in the quarter. Dillon had four, to finish the game with nine points, five steals, four rebounds, and four assists. She battled tough all game, playing through a couple hard hits and even losing a contact. She shot 50% from the floor on the game.

Tufts travels to UMASS Dartmouth on Monday at 1 p.m. Middlebury doesn't play again until next Saturday when they go to Williams.

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Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern