Women's Basketball Advances to NCAA "Sweet 16" for 5th Straight Year with Win over Moravian

Recap courtesy of University of New England

BIDDEFORD, ME - Junior Michaela North registered a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead #7 Tufts University in a 65-45 win over Moravian College in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship, played Saturday evening at the Harold Alfond Forum on the campus of the University of New England.

The Jumbos (25-3) move into the "Sweet 16" (third round) of the tournament and will meet Albright College next Friday at a site to be determined. The other match-up in this portion of the bracket will feature Scanton University and Christopher Newport University.

This marks the fifth straight season that Tufts has won an NCAA Regional and advanced to the "Sweet 16." It is the sixth time overall including 2008, their first NCAA invitation.

North went right to work in the first quarter, tallying 14 points in the frame on 6-of-7 shooting. Tufts closed the period with an 11-2 stretch to gain a 21-7 advantage after 10 minutes.

The Greyhounds managed to get one back during the second frame (31-18), but then shot 21 percent from the floor in the third to fall even further behind. North and Melissa Baptista each had seven in the stanza as the Jumbos extended to a 51-29 lead.

In addition to the game-highs in points and rebounds, North added five blocks. Baptista and senior tri-captain Emma Roberson each added 12 points for Tufts, which had a 36-12 cushion scoring in the paint. Lauren Dillon notched eight assists and five steals for the Jumbos.

For Moravian (20-8), Camille McPherson scored 13 points, and Alexis Wright went for nine points and seven boards.