DeCandido's 21 Points Leads Tufts to 80-42 Victory Over Bridgewater State on Tuesday

MEDFORD - Sixth-ranked Tufts women's basketball (7-0) started strong and never looked back in a 80-42 victory against Bridgewater State (1-6) on Tuesday night at Cousens Gymnasium.

Sophia Rosa scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds on Tuesday

The Jumbos got scoring contributions from 12 different players as they picked up their seventh non-conference victory. Tufts' defense was very active early on as they forced turnovers on the Bears' first four possessions of the game. The brown and blue's junior forward and co-captain Erica DeCandido scored the first basket of the contest off a jump shot assisted by senior guard co-captain Jac Knapp. Tufts sophomore forward Emily Briggs scored four of the next six points as the Jumbos opened the game with an 8-0 run.

The Bears broke the Jumbos' run with 6:28 left in the first quarter off a layup from freshman guard Olivia Dziadyk. DeCandido then led a 6-0 run as she scored four points over a two-minute stretch to extend the lead to 14-2. Bridgewater State's senior guard Danielle Arcidiacono hit her first of five three pointers with 4:19 remaining in the first. Dziadyk scored five of the game's next nine points to cut the Jumbos lead down to 10. Tufts ended the first quarter on another 8-0 run where they got buckets from Knapp, first-year forward Sophia Rosa, and junior guard Sadie Otley to give the Jumbos a 28-10 edge.

Rosa opened the second quarter with a layup off a dish from Otley. Arcidiacono buried a three-pointer one minute later. Over the next three minutes, both team's traded points including a jump shot from Bridgewater State's senior guard Sara DaSilva. The Jumbos then went on a 6-0 run in which senior forward Katie Martensen made a jumper and pulled down two rebounds as the brown and blue pushed the lead to 40-17. The Bears junior guard Nicole Bostick buried two three-pointers over the next 30 seconds. Rosa hit a pair of free throws before the half as the Jumbos went into the locker room with a 44-23 lead.

In the first half, Tufts shot 57.1 percent while Bridgewater State was held to 30.8 percent from the floor. The Bears forced six Jumbo turnovers in the first two quarters. The brown and blue's defense scored 14 points off 10 Bridgewater State turnovers. The Jumbos pulled down 23 rebounds to the Bears' 10. Tufts dished out 10 assists on their 20 first-half buckets. Bridgewater State recorded assists on five of their eight made field goals. Both team's benches contributed with 15 from the Bears and 16 from the Jumbos.

Dziadyk and Briggs traded baskets to begin the third quarter. The Jumbos then scored the next six points over a 1:54 span before a three-pointer from DaSilva ended the run. Tufts first-year guard Janette Wadolowski buried a jump shot in transition after a steal from Rosa. DeCandido scored an and-one layup to give the Jumbos a 62-29 advantage with 5:10 left in the third.  Arciadiacono hit two more three-pointers to lead the Bears on an 8-0 run over a two-minute stretch. Tufts junior guard Lilly Paro swished a three-point shot after Arciadiacono's two three's. Entering the fourth, the Jumbos had a 68-37 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Jumbos outscored the Bears 12-5 as both defenses dominated the quarter. DeCandido and Paro combined for eight of the 12 Jumbo points. Arcidiacono and junior forward Kayla Carter scored the five Bridewater State points.

For the game, Tufts shot 33-66 and Bridgewater State was 15-48. The Bears buried nine three-pointers. The Jumbos dominated the rebounding category as they collected 51 rebounds to Bridgewater State's 18. Both teams passed the ball well as Tufts had 20 assists and the Bears recorded 11. The brown and blue scored 36 points in the paint. The Bears' bench accounted for 27 of their 42 points. Tufts got 34 points from their bench.

Tufts' leading scorer was DeCandido with 21 points and she also pulled down nine rebounds. Knapp and Rosa each scored in double figures with 14 and 13 points respectively. Briggs (eight), Paro (seven), and Wadolowski (six) were the next three leading scorers. First-year guard Molly Ryan grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds as she was active all night long. Knapp dished out six assists to lead the team.  

Bridgewater State was led by Arcidiacano who scored a team-high 15 points. Dziadyk put in eight points and grabbed a team-leading three rebounds. Bostick and DaSilva scored six and five points respectively. Carter recorded two assists and two blocks.

The Jumbos will next be in action on Saturday when they travel to the University of New England for a 1 pm non-conference match-up. The Bears will host Dean College on Thursday night at 5:30 pm.


Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello