Williamstown, Mass.- The No.6 Tufts women's basketball team built a sizeable first half lead and used that to pick up a 90-34 victory over New England College on Friday night at the Williams Tournament.
The Jumbos are now 5-0 this season after the win and advance to the Williams Tournament Final on Saturday. New England College falls to 3-4 with the setback and will play in the tournament consolation game on Saturday.
|Lilly Bolen scored seven points against the Pilgrims|
Sophomore forward Emily Briggs opened the game with a layup to give the Jumbos an early 2-0 edge. But, junior guard Rene Hudson answered for the Pilgrams, burying two consecutive three's to give the Pilgrims a 6-2 lead with 7:36 left in the first quarter. Tufts went on a 6-0 run led by freshman guard Molly Ryan to retake the lead. Freshman forward Janette Wadoloski buried a jump shot to extend the lead to four, 13-9. The Jumbos were aggressive attacking the basket, and their next six points came from the foul line. Pilgrim guard Desirae Mills cut Tufts lead to 10 with 1:57 left in the first frame, but Ryan buried the quarter's final two points to give the Jumbos a 23-11 lead.
Junior guard Daleia Boutwell made the first bucket of the second quarter as the Pilgrims looked to cut into Tufts lead. Over the next four minutes, the Jumbos went on a 10-0 run which included four points from junior guard Erica DeCandido. Briggs helepd the Jumbos end the second quarter on a 12-0 run, of which she scored four, and the Jumbos took a 47-16 lead into the half.
Briggs picked up right where she left off and scored the first six points of the second half. Senior forward Katie Martensen scored four of the next six Tufts points and the Jumbos grew their lead, with the score 59-17 halfway through the third quarter. Pilgrim sophomore forward Kayla Ramsey made a free throw to end Tufts' run. Jumbo freshman forward Sophia Rosa had a strong third quarter, scoring four points in just a minute. Sophomore guard Erin Poindexter-McHan turned in the final points of the third, hitting a three to give the Jumbos a 72-21 lead.
A Botwell layup opened the Pilgrim scoring in the fourth quarter, and the visitors scored four of the first six points. Tufts sophomore forward Angela Alibrandi started the fourth quarter off hot, scoring four points off the bench and Lily Bowen also helped, scoring five points in the final frame. The Pilgrams seemed to find a bit of an offensive flow, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter, which was the highest of any quarter on the night for them.
The Jumbos shot 35-66 from the field while the the Pilgrims were 12-52. Tufts converted well at the foul line making 18 of their 22 chances at the charity stripe. The brown and blue outrebounded New England College 46-36. Tufts defense continued to play strong, forcing 31 Pilgram turnovers and they were able to score 39 points off those turnovers.
Briggs led Tufts with 16 points on the game. DeCandido also scored in double figures with 14 points. Martensen and Wadolowski each scored eight for the Jumbos. Ryan grabbed a team high six rebounds and had six assists. Fourteen different Jumbos scored during the game, and the Jumbos got 48 points from their bench.
Boutwell led New England College with seven points. Hudson was second on the team with six points, and she added four rebounds. The Pilgrims had 11 different players score in the game.
The Jumbos play again on Saturday when they take on Williams College tournament chamionship. The Pilgrims will take on Alfred on Saturday in the consolation game.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello