MEDFORD – Sixth-ranked Tufts women's basketball set a program record with 110 points against Brandeis University on Sunday afternoon at Cousens Gymnasium in a 110-63 victory. The team's previous best was 108 points that they scored on January 6, 1989 against Norwich.
|Emily Briggs netted 19 points in the Jumbos' 110-63 win|
This marked the first time in Tufts head coach Carla Berube's 17-year tenure that the Jumbos scored 100 or more points. It was just the fourth time in the 47-year history of the team that the feat has been accomplished. For Brandeis, it was already the second time this season they have surrendered 100 points including a 104-95 loss to Western Connecticut on November 17.
The Jumbos' offense was firing on all cylinders as the brown and blue had all 12 players who participated in the game score points. Tufts had five players score in double digits with Janette Wadolowski's 22, Emily Briggs' 19, Molly Ryan's 16, Sofia Rosa's 16, and Erica DeCandido's 13. Tufts senior co-captain Jac Knapp had a team-high eight assists. Wadolowski pulled down a team-high seven rebounds as she was active on the glass. Briggs blocked three Judge shots and recorded five steals.
Brandeis started the game scoring the first bucket off a layup from first-year forward Shannon Smally. Tufts' Briggs scored the next four points in the game. Over the first five minutes, there were five lead changes as both teams were aggressive offensively early and the Jumbos held a 15-12 edge. The Judges' sophomore guard Camila Casanueva and the Jumbos' DeCandido each scored five points within the first five minutes of the contest. Tufts' first-year guard Wadolowksi hit a three-pointer to extend the Jumbo lead to 24-15 with three minutes left in the first quarter. The Jumbos ended the quarter on a 7-5 run off buckets from Briggs, Wadolowski, and Ryan giving them a 31-20 lead.
Tufts started the second quarter off with a 7-2 run in the first two minutes. Briggs scored seven points within two minutes in the middle of the quarter to up the lead to 42-25. Casanueva buried a pair of free throws to halt one of the runs the Jumbos went on. Ryan made seven of the quarter's final eight points as Tufts went into the locker room up 63-33. Each team had six players score in the second frame as both offenses had a balanced attack. The Jumbos' 32-point second quarter was the highest of their season to this point.
In the first half, Tufts shot 64.9 percent and Brandeis was 37.5 percent from the floor. The Jumbos dished out 16 assists to the Judges' four. Both teams grabbed 16 rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action. Tufts' defense was outstanding as they forced 16 Brandeis turnovers. Briggs had a team-high 15 points and Casanueva put in 11 to lead the Judges.
The brown and blue opened the third quarter on a 6-2 run behind four points from Briggs. Casanueva scored five points in the first five minutes of the third quarter as the score was now 72-40. From the 4:39 to 3:05 mark the Jumbos went on an 8-2 run as Wadolowski put in another five points. Ryan buried one of the team's 10 three-pointers with 2:25 left in the third. Brandeis first-year guard Maya Burris netted two buckets to end the quarter in a 91-46 game.
In the fourth quarter, Tufts began with a 7-2 run. The brown and blue's freshman forward Rosa netted eight points in the final 10 minutes. The Judges ended the game on a 7-4 run. The Jumbos outscored the Judges 19-17 in the final frame.
For the game, Tufts was 41-73 and Brandeis was 17-49 from the field. The Judges made six threes and the Jumbos buried 10. Both teams were efficient from the foul line as they both shot over 75 percent from the stripe. The brown and blue continue to play unselfish basketball dishing out 27 assists. Tufts collected the rebounding edge with 37 and Brandeis pulled down 33. The Jumbo defense was active all day as they forced 29 turnovers.
Brandeis' Casanueva had team highs in points with 18 and assists with five. The Judges' senior guard Sarah Jaromin also scored in double figures with 10 points. Sophomore forward Samira Adelrehim grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
Tufts will next be in action on Friday when they travel to Williamstown to take on New England College at 8 pm in the Williams Tournament. Brandeis will return to the court on Tuesday when they face Salem State at 7 pm in a road contest.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello