Women's Basketball Returns with 66-35 Win at Baruch College

NEW YORK CITY - The 18th ranked Tufts University Women's Basketball team resumed its 2015-16 season Tuesday with an easy 66-35 victory at Baruch College in New York City.

Nicole Brooks collected six rebounds off the bench

The Jumbos led 25-5 after the first quarter and 38-13 at halftime to cruise to the victory. The Jumbos improved to 6-2 while Baruch dropped to 3-4.

Tufts dominated the paint, out-scoring the Bearcats 42-10 in that area. Junior Michela North led Tufts with 18 points while making eight of 13 field goals. Tufts also capitalized on 26 Baruch turnovers, converting them into 34 points. The Jumbos turned the ball over only nine times in the game.

North had seven points as Tufts charged to a 25-5 first-quarter lead. Sophomore Lauren Dillon hit a three-pointer as time expired in the period. North had 11 points at halftime as the Jumbos took a 25-point lead into the break. They limited the Bearcats to five for 25 shooting in the half (20 percent) while making 17 of 36 shots themselves (47.2 percent).

The Jumbos were able to use their bench extensively in the second half. Freshman point guard Jacqueline Knapp played 18 second-half minutes and scored five points with four steals and three assists. Senior Nicole Brooks finished with 19 minutes overall and contributed five points and six rebounds.

Senior Emma Roberson joined North in double-digits for Tufts with 11 points on five for eight shooting. Junior Josie Lee led with nine rebounds while scoring six and handing out two assists. Sophomore Melissa Baptista put up eight points with five rounds and three assists.

Veronica Ganzi led the Bearcats in scoring with 18 points. Jacqueline Kennedy notched her seventh consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three blocks.

This weekend the Jumbos travel to Springfield College for the Hampton Inn West Springfield/ Naismith Classic. Tufts plays Plattsburgh State in the first round on Saturday at 3 pm. Baruch will be back on the hardwood on Sunday, January 3rd at 2 p.m. with a CUNYAC contest at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.