WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.- Behind a season-high 18 points from senior co-captain Jac Knapp, the sixth-ranked Tufts women's basketball team won the Williams Holiday Tournament Championship with a 67-41 victory over Williams College (3-3) on Saturday afternoon.
|Senior co-captain Jac Knapp scored 18 points in the victory|
The Jumbos improve to 6-0 with the win, while the Ephs fall to 3-3 with the loss. The Jumbos beat New England College in the opening round of play, and Williams collected a win over Alfred on Friday to advance to the tournament championship.
A balanced Tufts offense saw 11 different players score in the contest. Knapp opened the game with a layup which started a 5-0 run over the first 1:30 for the Jumbos. Williams answered with a 5-0 run of their own, started by a three pointer from senior guard Lauren Vostal. The score continued to go back and forth as each team traded buckets over the next four minutes. Tufts junior guard Erica DeCandido got hot from the floor, tallying four points over a minute span to helo the Jumbos take a 10-9 lead with 5:01 remaining in the first. Williams sophomore guard Maggie Meehan turned in two layups for the Ephs, btu the Jumbos ended the first quarter on a 7-4 run, including a three from freshman Molly Ryan to help the Jumbos take a 17-13 lead after the first quarter.
The Jumbos opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run as sophomore forward Emily Briggs, Knapp and DeCandido each put in buckets. Junior forward Katie Brule scored the Ephs first three points of the second. Freshman guard Janette Wadolowski buried a jump shot to give the Jumbos a 30-16 edge with 4:09 left, giving them the largest lead of the game. Meehan scored four of the final six points to end the half, to keep the Ephs in it, and the Jumbso took a 32-20 lead into the half.
The teams traded buckets in the first minute of the third as Williams senior guard Lexi Jones and DeCandido each scored. The defense for both teams was strong over the next three minutes, with multiple turnovers being forced and no baskets scored. Tufts junior guard Caitlin Harrington ended the scoreless streak with a three and a layup to extend the Jumbo lead to 17 with 5:45 remaining. Meehan and Brule scored the next four points for the Ephs, but Knapp answered for the Jumbos, scoring seven points over a minute span at the end of the third and the Jumbos led, 53-29, after the third.
The brown and blue opened the fourth quarter outscoring the Ephs 8-2 over the first 3:06 and Tufts junior guard Sadie Otley helped with three points. The Ephs scored the next six, courtesy of two jumpers from Meehan. The Jumbos held on fora 67-41 win.
For the game, Tufts shot 26-59 and Williams was 19-62 from the floor. The Jumbos buried five three-pointers and ten free throws. The Ephs pulled down 42 rebounds and Tufts grabbed 43, as both teams were active on the boards. Tufts and Williams were good on the defensive end as they forced a combined 33 turnovers. The Jumbos dished out nine assists.
The Jumbos leading scorer was Knapp with 18 points. Briggs also scored in double figures with 11. Wadolowski and DeCandido netted nine and eight points, respectively. DeCandido pulled down a team high six rebounds. Briggs was active on the defensive end, recording three steals.
The Ephs' Meehan was scored a team-high 14 points. Brule also put in 11 points for Williams. Vostal led the team in rebounds with ten, while also scoring five points. Sophomore guard Gabby Martin dished out a team high three assists.
Tufts will next be in action on Tuesday at 7pm when they host non-conference opponent Bridgewater State. Williams will travel to MCLA on Tuesday for a 5pm tip-off.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello