MEDFORD – The sixth-ranked Tufts women's basketball team improved to 3-0 after an assertive 78-41 victory against Skidmore (1-4) on Tuesday night at Cousens Gymnasium in a non-conference contest. The Jumbos' offense continues to show its explosiveness as the team had 10 players score which makes them difficult to defend.
|Janette Wadolowski posted 10 points and seven rebounds|
The Thoroughbreds' sophomore guard Sydney Tsutsui opened the contest with a jump shot to give Skidmore the early edge. The brown and blue's co-captains junior Erica DeCandido and senior Jac Knapp brought great energy early on both sides of the floor. Within the first four minutes of the game, there were eight lead changes in the back-and-forth action. Tufts freshman forward Sofia Rosa buried four free throws over a three-minute span in the middle of the quarter as the Jumbos took a 15-8 lead with 2:25 left. Skidmore's senior guard Haley English and DeCandido each scored before the quarter ended with Tufts on top 17-10.
Thoroughbred freshman Kate McCarney drilled a jump shot for the first points of the second quarter to cut the lead to five. After the McCarney shot, the Jumbos scored 20 unanswered points as they turned their solid team defense into offense. On Tufts' 20-0 run, junior guard Cailin Harrington was active scoring three points, recording a steal, a block, and dishing out an assist. The brown and blue's freshman guard Janette Wadolowski scored four straight points to extend the lead to 29. English stayed aggressive for the visitors, getting to the line with 0:27 remaining in the second quarter and burying both free throws. Seven different Jumbos scored in the second quarter as Tufts extended its lead to 48-18.
In the first half, Tufts shot 58.6 percent from the field while holding Skidmore to 33.3 percent. The Jumbos had great ball movement in the first two quarters recording eight assists to the Thoroughbreds' one. Skidmore grabbed nine rebounds while Tufts pulled down 18. Both defenses showed active hands as there were a combined eight assists and four blocks in the first 20 minutes of action. The Jumbos scored 20 of their 48 points in the paint.
The Jumbos opened the second half with a layup from Knapp. Skidmore's junior guard Jessica Centore scored the Thoroughbreds' next four points as they looked to get more stops and push the ball up the floor. Tufts sophomore guard Emily Briggs also came out of the locker room more aggressive getting to the foul line four times within a minute. From the 5:50 to the 1:07 mark, there were no baskets scored as both teams ramped up the defensive intensity. Centore broke the four-plus minute scoring drought with a pair of free throws. Wadolowski buried a jumper to end the third quarter off a pass from sophomore guard Erin Poindexter-McHan as the Jumbos led 63-36.
In the fourth quarter, Tufts started on a 5-0 run behind a three-pointer from freshman guard Molly Ryan and a layup from Harrington. English netted five unanswered points in the middle of the quarter for the Thoroughbreds. Skidmore scored the game's final five points as both teams put up 15 points in the quarter.
For the game, Tufts shot 28-64 and Skidmore was 14-49. The Jumbos dished out 16 assists in the team's balanced attack. The Thoroughbreds pulled down 30 rebounds and the brown and blue grabbed 44 rebounds. Both defenses came up with nine steals. Tufts' bench put up 30 points while Skidmore's provided 10. The Jumbos went 14-17 from the free throw line and Skidmore was 11-13 as both teams shot over 80 percent from the stripe.
The Jumbos had three players score in double digits with Knapp's 13, Harrington's 10, and Wadolowski's 10 in her first game at Cousens Gymnasium. Briggs put in nine points for the brown and blue. Ryan, DeCandido, and Rosa each contributed eight points. Wadolowski grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Junior guard Sadie Otley dished out a team-high six assists.
Skidmore's English was the leading scorer in the game with 17 points. Centore was second on the team with eight points. Seven Thoroughbreds scored in the game. Senior forward Taylor Ong was active on the glass recording a team-high four rebounds.
Tufts will next be in action on Sunday at 2 pm when they host non-conference opponent Brandeis. Skidmore will next play on November 30 when they travel to Liberty League opponent St. Lawrence University in the Thoroughbreds' first conference contest.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello