MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Sixth-ranked Tufts women's basketball improved to 2-0 behind a dominating 90-30 win against Lasell College (1-2) on Saturday afternoon at the Middlebury Tip-Off Classic.
|Katie Martensen scored a team high 12 points in the victory|
The Jumbos had 12 different players score for them in a balanced offensive attack. Senior co-captain Jac Knapp set the tone right off the bat with a three-point shot 24 seconds into the game. Tufts' defense gave the Lasers fits early on as they forced three turnovers within the first three minutes of the game. Jumbo sophomore Emily Briggs started the game hot from the field as she scored seven points within four minutes of action. The Jumbos also dominated the glass in the first quarter grabbing 14 rebounds and had five different players score baskets. Tufts freshman guard Sofia Rosa made a bucket with one second left in the first quarter to give the Jumbos a 21-4 edge. Lasell's junior guard Amanda Ortiz scored all four of the Lasers' points in the first.
Tufts junior guard Lilly Bolen netted the first six points of the second quarter. Ortiz came back with four unanswered points for the Lasers to cut the Jumbo lead to 21 halfway through the second quarter. Lasell got as close as 20 in the second quarter before the Jumbos ended the half with an 8-0 run. Tufts freshman Janette Wadolowski was active on the boards with five in the second quarter and hit a three-pointer. Tufts went into the half with a 41-13 lead.
In the first half, Tufts shot 43.5 percent from the floor while holding Lasell to shooting 24.4 percent. The brown and blue moved the ball well as they dished out 12 assists to the Lasers' two in the first 20 minutes of action. Both defenses stole the ball from one another at a high rate as Lasell recorded four steals and Tufts took away five Lasers possessions. The Jumbos dominated the glass by a margin of 30 to 8 in the first half.
The Jumbos opened the second half with a 10-0 run led by junior co-captain guard Erica DeCandido who scored five points during the spurt. Tufts senior forward Katie Martensen provided a spark off the Jumbos' bench on both the offensive and defensive ends with her active hands. Lasell graduate senior Breanna Muir led the Lasers with eight points in the third quarter. The Jumbo offense exploded for 30 points in the third quarter in which they shot 66.7 percent from the field to extend the lead to 71-24.
In the fourth quarter, the Jumbo defense allowed less than 10 points in a quarter for the third time in the game while scoring 19 points of their own. Tufts sophomore guard Erin Poindexter-McHan led the Jumbos with five points in the final 10 minutes of the contest.
For the game, Tufts shot 37-73 and held Lasell to 11-51. The Jumbos made eight three-pointers as well. The brown and blue made eight free throws while the Lasers made six. Tufts grabbed 59 rebounds and dished out 28 assists. Lasell collected 26 rebounds and had four team assists. The Jumbo bench scored 53 of Tufts' 90 points.
Tufts had three players score in double figures with Martensen's 12, Briggs' 11, and Bollen's 10. DeCandido, Knapp, and Wadolowski each contributed nine points. DeCandido also posted a team-high nine rebounds. Knapp led the team in assists with seven. Freshman guard Molly Ryan also showed quick hands as she tallied two steals for the Jumbo defense.
Ortiz and Muir each scored 10 points respectively to lead the Laser offense. Graduate senior Imani Bumpus grabbed a team-high five rebounds and was active on defense with two steals.
Tufts will next be in action on Tuesday at 7 pm when they host Skidmore in a non-conference game. Lasell's next contest will be on Tuesday as well when they travel to Framingham State for a 6 pm start.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello