MEDFORD – The No. 5 Tufts women's basketball team (9-0) cruised to an 88-42 victory against Emerson College (7-4) on Tuesday night at Cousens Gymnasium in a non-conference match-up. The Jumbos got points from 10 different players as they were difficult to defend all night.
|Molly Ryan scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds|
Emerson sophomore Sam Boyle scored the game's first bucket on a layup from junior Quinn Madden. Over the next three minutes, the Jumbos went on an 8-0 run led by sophomore Emily Briggs who netted four points in that time span, while juniors Cailin Harrington and co-captain Erica DeCandido also scored. Boyle ended the run with a jump shot. Tufts assisted on each of their next three baskets as they distributed the ball at a high rate led by senior co-captain Jac Knapp who dished out two of the assists early. Knapp had the hot hand and scored seven of the quarter's final 11 points with a pair of free throws, a layup, and a three-pointer to give the Jumbos an early 25-7 edge.
The brown and blue's sophomore Angela Alibrandi started the second quarter with a 4-0 run of her own as she buried a layup and a jumper. The Lions went on a 5-2 run during a minute span led by senior Charlie Boyle who had three of the points. Harrington buried a mid-range shot to extend the Tufts lead to 21. Quinn connected on a jumper to cut the Jumbos' lead to 19 points with 3:16 left in the half. Jumbo first-year Sofia Rosa hit two free throws to begin a 9-1 Tufts run to end the second quarter. Over that stretch, Briggs netted four points and junior Sadie Otley knocked down a three-pointer as the Jumbos took a 44-17 lead into the locker room.
In the first half, Tufts shot 53.3 percent from the floor while holding Emerson to 31.6 percent. The Jumbos pulled down 18 rebounds to the Lions' 11. The brown and blue went a perfect 10-10 from the foul line over the first 20 minutes. Emerson connected on five free throws. The Jumbos dished out 10 assists to the Lions' one. Tufts' defense was great as they forced 13 Lion turnovers.
Harrington scored five of the third quarter's first seven points off a jump shot and a three-pointer. The Jumbos over a three minute span went on an impressive 12-0 run as they got points from first-year Molly Ryan, Knapp, and Briggs. Sam Boyle netted a pair of free throws to put a halt to the run. In the middle of the third, Alibrandi pulled down a great defensive rebound which started a transition break in which the co-captains connected with a pass from DeCandido to Knapp for a layup. Charlie Boyle scored three of the Lions' next four points after the Knapp layup. Tufts went on another 8-0 spurt from the 2:47 to 1:11 mark with buckets from senior Katie Martensen, Otley, and Knapp. The Lions scored the final three points of the quarter as the Jumbos now held a 74-30 advantage.
Ryan connected on a pair of three-pointers and sophomore guard Erin Poindexter-McHan made a layup from Ryan as the Jumbos scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter over a 3:49 span. Emerson junior Natalie Clydesdale netted six of the game's next eight with two layups and a jump shot. In the final two minutes of the game the Lions outscored the Jumbos 6-4 with threes from sophomore Rachel Davey and first-year Julia Mallon as the contest ended at 88-42.
For the game, Tufts shot 35-64 and Emerson was 14-54 from the field. The Jumbos made a game-high seven three-pointers. The brown and blue pulled down 47 rebounds while the Lions collected 29 boards. Tufts shared the ball well as they dished out 28 assists on 35 makes. Both defenses forced turnovers as there were a combined 32 turnovers. This is the sixth time this season that the Jumbos have held an opponent under 45 points.
Harrington netted a team-high 17 points as she shot 6-7 from the floor. Knapp and Briggs each scored 16 points respectively for the brown and blue. Ryan was also in double figures with 11 points while grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. Otley was an efficient 3-4 from the floor and also pulled down five rebounds. DeCandido dished out a team-leading six assists and was active on defense with three steals.
Clydesdale and Sam Boyle each scored 10 points respectively for the Lions. Madden pitched in seven points and dished out a team-leading three assists. Clydesdale pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Seven different Lions scored in the game.
Tufts will return to action on December 29 when they travel to Naples, Fla. to face Suffolk in the D3 Shootout. Emerson's next game will be against Simmons on January 5.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello