MEDFORD - Junior Michela North scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter as the #8 Tufts Women's Basketball team took a 25-9 lead after 10 minutes and went on to a 76-40 non-league victory over Bridgewater State University on Tuesday night at Cousens Gym.
|Maura Folliard was 2 for 2 on threes while scoring 10 points|
North, who made 7 of 11 shots overall and grabbed 8 rebounds, led four Jumbos who scored in double digits. Senior tri-captain Emma Roberson went for 12 points with 3 assists while both senior Maura Folliard and sophomore Melissa Baptista scored 10 points off the bench. Tufts improved to 4-1.
The Bears, who lost their fourth in a row, dropped to 2-6 overall. They were led by 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals from junior Chanelle Melton.
Bridgewater scored the game's first points on a jumper by senior Vanesa Conceicao, but that would be their only lead of the game. The Jumbos tallied 14 of the next 15 points to lead 14-3 on North's lay-up at 4:38 of the first quarter. North had nine points during the run. Tufts made 10 of 18 shots (55.6 percent) in the first quarter.
The Bears outscored the Jumbos 11-10 in the second quarter led by five points from freshman Sara DaSilva. The closest they would come was trailing 33-20 on Melton's lay-up at 1:17 of the second period. Baptista hit a lay-up with 52 seconds remaining until halftime and Tufts took a 35-20 advantage into the break.
A 14-3 run to start the second half put the game away for the Jumbos. They led 49-23 on North's lay-up with 4:54 on the third-quarter clock. She and junior Josie Lee had five points during the stretch. The Jumbos built their margin to 32 (60-28) by the end of the third and cruised to the win.
Tufts made 31 of 60 shots overall for a 51.7 percentage, including 6 of 14 on threes (42.9 percent). They were +11 on rebounds (38-27) and had 22 assists on 31 baskets. Lee added 6 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, while freshman Katie Martensen totaled 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.
Sophomore Janet Maher was active off the Bears' bench with 6 points in 8 minutes. Junior Jennie Lindland finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
This was the start of a busy final week of the fall semester for Tufts. They are at Wheaton (MA) on Thursday and Connecticut College on Saturday. Bridgewater State does not play again until January 2 in the NYU Holiday Classic versus Middlebury.