No. 1 Women's Basketball Dominates at Home in 86-49 Win Over U. of New England

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's basketball team defeated the University of New England, 86-49, today at Cousens Gym.

Knapp picked up a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Jumbos (8-0) used a strong second half, in which they outscored the Nor'Easters (7-2) by 30 points, to register their eighth straight win on the season. Erica DeCandido led the way for Tufts with 19 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Jac Knapp collected a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with six assists.

The first six minutes of the first quarter were pretty even. The Jumbos started fast off of buckets from Knapp and DeCandido, but the Nor'Easter's Sam MacDonald answered back with the first of her three three-pointers of the quarter. She hit another to put UNE ahead, 6-4. That would be the final time they would hold a lead in the game. From there, Tufts went on an 11-0 run before UNE scored again.

All of the Nor'Easters' points in the first quarter came off three-pointers, three by MacDonald and one by Elyssa Nicholas. After one, Tufts led 17-12.

The second quarter opened with baskets by Jumbos Cailin Harrington, Knapp, and DeCandido, which got them out to a 30-18 lead. The teams traded buckets for the rest of the half to go into the locker rooms with the Jumbos up, 35-28.

Tufts shot 48% in the first half. Emily Briggs and Harrington led the team with eight points each, while DeCandido had six, and Knapp five. MacDonald and Nicholas for UNE both made three three-pointers in the first half.

The Jumbos exploded in the second half, outscoring their opposition 51-21. DeCandido had seven of her 19 points in the third, while Knapp contributed five, and Melissa Baptista six.

On the game, Knapp was 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, and she opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer. The Jumbos won the fourth, 22-8, to wrap the game up.

Sam MacDonald, who led UNE with 13 points, recorded her fifth foul at the end of the third quarter and had to sit for the remainder of the game.

Tufts dominated the boards, 43-28, and had 21 assists on the game to the Nor'Easters' seven.

The Jumbos stay home next week with a matchup against Emmanuel on Monday at 7p.m. UNE is off until after the holidays, when they face Nichols on Jan. 4.

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Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern