MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's basketball team defeated Hamilton College Saturday afternoon, 69-53, at Hamilton.
|Briggs recorded a career-high 20 points in Saturday's win.|
The Jumbos (20-3, 7-2 NESCAC) were paced by a career-high 20 points, five rebounds, and two steals by Emily Briggs. Melissa Baptista continued her stellar week with 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Lauren Dillon contributed 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
The Continentals (14-8, 2-6 NESCAC) Lauren Getman's 12 points and six rebounds as well as Mia Caterisano's 11 points, six rebounds, and two assists.
Tufts never trailed in the game. They got out to a 6-3 lead to start the contest off of a layup and jumper from Briggs and a pair of made free throws by Jac Knapp. The first quarter would end after another basket by Briggs and two free throws by Halie Serbent for Hamilton.
The Jumbos began the second quarter on a 7-2 run with made shots by Briggs, Baptista, and Lily Paro. The first half would come to an end after a layup by Getman for the Continentals. Tufts led, 24-16, at the break.
In the third frame, Hamilton was able to get as close as three, making it 34-31 with three minutes remaining in the quarter, but then Katie Martensen, Dillon, and Baptista hit back-to-back-to-back shots to stretch their lead and finish the frame up, 44-32.
The fourth quarter was the highest scoring of the contest for both sides, but the Jumbos were able to hold on and even increase their lead some more. Led by 10 points by Baptista, six from Briggs, and five from Dillon in the frame, the Jumbos were able to close the game out for the win.
Tufts shot a combined 45.5 percent from the floor and were able to bounce back after their loss to Amherst on Friday.
The Jumbos close out the regular season next Sunday when they travel to Trinity (Conn.). Hamilton has two more games in their season, the first of which is next Friday at Middlebury.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern