This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 13 - 19

Women’s Basketball at Amherst

Saturday at 3 pm
What you need to know: The No. 1 women’s basketball team opened up NESCAC play this past weekend with a win over Wesleyan behind a career-high 28 points from senior Erica DeCandido.  That win capped off a four-game homestand that helped the Jumbos improve to 14-0 on the season.  The Jumbos are averaging 75.7 points per game while allowing opponents just 49.7 points per game.  DeCandido is leading the efforts with 15.3 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game and three assists per game.  Sophomore Molly Ryan adds 12.1 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game and 3.9 assists per game.  Rounding out the double-digit scorers is junior Emily Briggs, who turns in 11.4 points per game. The Jumbos will need to be on their best this weekend as they hit the road for a big NESCAC weekend.  On Friday they head to Hamilton for a 7 pm start and wrap up the weekend with a trip to take on No. 4 Amherst on Saturday at 3 pm.  The Mammoths are 13-1, that lone loss coming at home to Emmanuel at the beginning of December.  Amherst has won their last ten, including road wins over Middlebury and Williams this past weekend.  The senior duo of Hannah Fox and Madeline Eck lead the Mammoths.  Fox is averaging 16.6 points per game and adding 6.9 rebounds per game.  Eck turns in 15.6 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game.  The Jumbos lost to the Mammoths in the regular season at home, but then topped them in NESCAC semifinal play at Amherst.

Men’s Basketball Big Home Weekend 

Friday vs. Hamilton at 7 pm 
Saturday vs. Amherst at 3 pm 
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team hasn’t played a home game since November and they will return home for a big week.  They start with Suffolk on Tuesday night and finish with a huge conference weekend in Cousens this weekend.  On Friday the Jumbos host Hamilton for a 7 pm start.  The Continentals are coming of a season where they advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, and this year they are off to a 11-3 start.  Most recently they opened up play with a 77-76 loss to No. 3 Middlebury.  Kena Gilmour leads the Continental offense with 22.8 points per game, a mark that is tied for the lead in the NESCAC.  He is also averaging 5.6 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game.  After Gilmour the Continentals get about nine points a game from Mark Lutz, Eric Anderson and Sayo Denloye.  The Jumbos played two close games with the Continentals last season, but the Continentals pulled out wins of just five points or less in both the regular season and the NESCAC semifinals.  After the Friday match up the Jumbos will get ready to host No. 22 Amherst on Saturday at 3 pm.  The Mammoths are 10-4 this season, and are 2-2 in the month of January with setbacks to Wesleyan and Williams.  The Mamoths have four different players averaging double-digit points.  Eric Sellew leads the charge with 14 points per game and Fru Che is helping with 13.6, Grant Robinson turns in 11.6 per game and Garrett Day adds 11.4 points per game. Sellew is also adding 7.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game and Robinson is adding four rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.  The Mammoths won when the two teams faced off last year. The Jumbos also have four different players averaging double-digit points this year.  Junior Luke Rogers is averaging 15.1 points per game and a NESCAC-leading 12.3 rebounds per game.  Senior Eric Savage is helping with 14.8 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists per game.  Sophomore Tyler Aronson turns in 13 points per game and junior Brennan Morris is averaging 12.3 points per game.  The Jumbos are off to an 11-2 start, their best since the 2016-17 season.  

Danielle Page, Sophomore, Women’s Indoor Track and Field

The women’s track and field team will open their indoor portion of the schedule on Saturday as they host the Tufts Jumbo Invitational in the Gantcher Center.  Sophomore Danielle Page will be looking to pick up right where she left off after the first semester.  She had a stellar cross country season where she posted the second-best NCAA finish in the program’s history with a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships.  Page then opened the track and field season by running the then second-fastest Division III time in the nation in the 5,000 meters at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener at BU.  Page will be back in action this weekend for the first time since the season opener at BU in early December.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The men’s hockey team took on Endicott this week and Jordan Haney’s goal gave the Jumbos a 2-1 lead in the second period.  It was pretty enough to earn play of the week honors.  Watch it here:

Luke Rogers, Junior, Men’s Basketball 

Junior Luke Rogers helped the men’s basketball team open up NESCAC play with a 92-85 road win over Wesleyan on Friday night. Rogers finished the game with 23 points and ten rebounds, along with four blocks.  Eight of those ten rebounds and three of the four blocks came in the second half when the Jumbos held off a couple of Cardinal comebacks.  Rogers is leading the Jumbos with 15.1 points per game and his 12.3 rebounds per game leads the NESCAC.  

  

 

 

Erica DeCandido, Senior, Women’s Basketball 

The women’s basketball team opened up NESCAC play with a 78-60 win over Wesleyan at home and senior Erica DeCandido led the Jumbos with a career-high 28 points along with ten rebounds and three assists.  The win was the third of the week for the Jumbos as they also picked up a 91-47 win over Wheaton and they topped SUNY Poly 79-62.  Against Wheaton DeCandido turned in 13 points along with five rebounds and three assists.  DeCandido started the week 12 points and seven rebounds in the win over SUNY Poly.  The senior is leading the Jumbo offense this year with 15.3 points per game while also adding 8.1 rebounds per gme and three assits per game.