WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The sixth-ranked Tufts women's basketball team used a strong defensive effort to down Williams, 60-39, on Friday night on the road. The Jumbos defense was strong all night, highlighted by a second quarter where they only allowed four Eph points.
|Cailin Harrington helped the Jumbos with 16 points on Friday night|
The win was the second of the year for the Jumbos over the Ephs. The Jumbos improve to 13-1 overall and 2-1 in NESCAC play with the win. Williams is now 7-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
In the second quarter the Ephs got baskets from sophomore Maggie Meehan and junior Katie Brule to get within five points. Tufts turned defense into offense as they forced seven turnovers in the second quarter and they ended the frame on a 12-0 run. That run was led by freshman Sophia Rosa's eight points off four free throws and two jump shots. Jumbo senior Jac Knapp and sophomore Emily Briggs also scored on the Jumbos run as they took a 32-15 lead into the locker room.
To start the game the Jumbos collected an early lead off a pair of jumpers from junior co-captain Erica DeCandido. The Ephs first bucket of the game came from junior Emily Chang as she connected on a three. Tufts junior Cailin Harrington scored five points over a two minute span with a three and a jumper to give the brown and blue an early 11-4 edge. Meehan buried a three with 2:08 left in the first to cut the Jumbo lead to four, but DeCandido and Harrington scored five of the final seven points in the first to give Tufts an 18-11 advantage after one quarter.
The Jumbos then used the strong second quarter, where they outscored the Ephs 14-4, to take a 32-15 lead into the half.
Harrington came out of the half and hit a three-pointer to push the lead to 20. Brule and senior Lauren Vostal netted four of the next six points off a jumper and a layup. Harrington stayed in rhythm and the Jumbos found her for another three with 5:47 left in the third. After the Harrington three, Brule and DeCandido traded baskets. Meehan and Brule combined for five of the quarter's final seven points as the Ephs had their best offensive quarter, but trailed 46-28 after three. Tufts forced eight Williams missed shots in the third.
Williams freshman Maddy Mandyck and Tufts junior Sadie Otley each recorded their first points of the night in the first minute of the fourth. Meehan sunk another three with 5:54 left as the Ephs cut the Jumbo lead to 17 points. The Jumbos got a layup from junior Lily Paro and sophomore Erin Poindexter-McHan connected on a three-pointer to help the Jumbos pick up the 60-39 win.
For the game, Tufts shot 22-57 and Williams was 14-45 from the field. Both teams connected on four three-pointers over the course of the contest. The Jumbos shot well from the foul line as they went 12-14. The brown and blue pulled down 37 boards while the Ephs tallied 32 rebounds. Tufts dished out 11 assists to Williams six. Tufts defense was outstanding all night, as they forced 15 turnovers.
Harrington netted a game-high 16 points, shooting 5-9 from the floor and 3-4 from the foul line. DeCandido and Rosa also scored in double figures with 13 and 12 points respectively. Briggs and Knapp combined for 10 points. First-year Molly Ryan dished out team-highs in rebounds with five and assists with three.
Meehan scored a team-high 14 points for the Ephs, shooting 5-10 from the field and added three from behind the arc. Brule also scored in double-digits with 10 points and was tied for a team-lead in rebounds with six. Vostal and Mandyck also pulled down six rebounds.
Tufts plays again tomorrow at 3pm when they travel to conference opponent Middlebury. Williams will also play tomorrow as they host NESCAC opponent Bates at 3pm.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello