Women's Basketball Coasts to 89-51 Season-Opening Win Over Springfield

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.- The No. 6 Tufts women's basketball team opened the 2018-19 season with an 89-51 victory over Springfield College on Friday night at the Middlebury Tip-Off Classic.

Erica DeCandido netted a game-high 19 points Friday night

The Jumbos (1-0) got points from 13 different players in the win. Early on, the action was back and forth as there were four lead changes within the first five minutes of the game. Tufts junior guard Erica DeCandido was the game's leading scorer with 19 points in the game, and scored her first points on a layup in the third minute of the game. The Pride took a 13-10 lead with 1:57 left in the first quarter off free throws from junior forward Taylor Hall. The Jumbos scored the final four points of the quarter to take a 14-13 lead.

Tufts freshman guard Molly Ryan scored her first career points to open the second quarter when she buried a three from the right side of the arc. The brown and blue grew their lead up to six before Springfield's junior guard Emily Jacques cut the lead to three with a three pointer. The Jumbos then scored six unanswered points behing four points from junior guard Sadie Otley and a layup from sophomore guard Emily Briggs to take a 27-18 advantage. Both teams traded baskets in the final three minutes of the half before DeCandido extended the lead to 36-25.

In the first half, the Jumbos shot 43.8 % from the field while the Pride shot 32.1%. The brown and blue dished out seven assists to Springfield's five. Tufts defense was tenacious as they forced seven turnovers and blocked six shots. Both squads brought down 19 rebounds. The Jumbo bench outscored Pride's eight to two in the first 20 minutes.

Briggs scored the Jumbos first four points of the second half as Tufts continued to turn their good defense into offense. The Jumbos applied pressure to the Pride as they forced two turnovers to lead them on a seven to nothing run to push the lead to to 20, 47-27. Jumbo senior co-captain and guard Jac Knapp got to the foul line four times in 32 seconds, sinking all four to give the Jumbos the 57-31 lead. 

In the fourth quarter, Tufts junior guard Caitlin Harrington scored the first five points. The Jumbos controlled the pace the rest of the way as they outscored the Pride 26-12 in the fourth quarter.

For the game, the Jumbos shot 32-64 from the floor while holding the Pride to 19-50 from the field. Tufts made seven three pointers and were 18-21 from the foul line. Springfield were 10-18 on their free throw attempts. The brown and blue outrebounded the Pride 38 to 30. Tufts and Springfield both distributed the ball well as each tallied over ten assists. The Jumbo bench played a large role in the victory as they turned in 31 points.

Tufts had three players score in double figures with DeCandido with 19, Briggs with 14 and Knapp with 11. Knapp and DeCandido also had team-highs in rebounds, as they each grabbed six rebounds. Ryan scored nine points and dished out three assists in her first collegiate contest. Otley provided a nice spark off the bench, scoring eight points and recording a steal. First-years Janette Wadolowski and Sofia Rosa each scored in their Jumbo debuts as well.

Springfield junior guard Alex Goslin led the Pride with 12 points and four assists. Senior Grace Restituyo also played well turning in nine points and adding a game-high ten rebounds. Three other Pride players scored six points each. 

The Jumbos will play again tomorrow when they take on Lasell College at 2 pm to wrap up play in the Middlebury Tip-Off Classic. Springfield's next game will also be tomorrow when they play Middlebury at 4 pm.


Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello