Tufts Dishes Out 20 Assists in 65-49 Victory Over Worcester State

MEDFORD – In a non-conference game against Worcester State, No. 6 Tufts moved the ball efficiently as they dished out 20 assists on 24 made shots to guide them to a 65-49 win on Wednesday night at Cousens Gymnasium.

Alibrandi netted a season-high eight points on Wednesday

With the victory the Jumbos are now 15-1 overall this season, now with three wins in a row. Following the loss, the Lancers fall to 11-5.

The Jumbos came out of the gates fast as they scored the first five points of the game off a layup from junior Erica DeCandido and a converted and-one from junior Cailin Harrington. The Lancers' junior Catherine Sweeney and senior Brittany Herring were in sync early in the game as they each connected on layups that the other one assisted on. The Jumbos' sophomore Emily Briggs scored four points on two free throws and a layup over a two-minute span in the first. Tufts first-year Molly Ryan made a nice floater from senior Jac Knapp to help spark the Jumbos to score six of the quarter's final nine points as they took a 16-9 lead after one quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Briggs converted a pair of layups assisted by Ryan and DeCandido as the Jumbos recorded assists on eight of their first nine made shots. Herring quickly scored four points after to cut Tufts' lead down to seven points with 6:51 left in the second. DeCandido cut down the lane and was found by Ryan for three-point play after the layup and free throw to give the Jumbos a 27-15 edge. Sweeney continued her fast start with a layup and free throw over a minute span as she cut the lead back to single digits. Over the final two minutes of the second quarter, Ryan and first-year Sofia Rosa combined for the final five points to give Tufts a 32-18 edge heading into the locker room.

DeCandido opened the third quarter with another and-one layup on the Jumbos' first possession. The Lancers scored the next seven points sparked by a jumper and three-pointer by sophomore Colleen Cutting to get them as close as 10 points. Ryan started a Jumbo 11-2 run over the next three minutes with a three of her own to extend the lead up to 19. Rosa, Knapp, DeCandido, and sophomore forward Angela Alibrandi all made a field goal during the run. The Lancers then scored seven of the final eight points in the third off buckets from Cutting, senior Kaitlyn Berkel, and junior Sam Ellis as it was a quarter of runs that ended with Tufts on top 49-36.  

Ryan and Knapp both scored off passes from one another to help the Jumbos score seven of the first eight points in the fourth to push the lead to 19 points again. Alibrandi scored four points within a minute midway through the fourth to push her point total to a season-high eight. Over the final 4:39 of the game, the Lancers scored eight of the final 10 points led by four points from first-year Sarah Blomgren.

For the game, Tufts shot 24-58 and Worcester State was 19-37 from the field. The Jumbos got to the foul line early and often resulting in going 15-18 for the game. The brown and blue pulled down 36 boards while the Lancers tallied 23 rebounds. Both teams moved the ball well as the Jumbos dished out 20 assists and Worcester State recorded 15.

Ryan netted a game-high 13 points with four made shots. DeCandido also scored in double figures with 12 points. Briggs and Harrington each scored nine points. Knapp recorded a game-high seven assists. Sophomore Lily Bolen grabbed seven rebounds.

Berkel scored a team-high 12 points for the visitors. Sweeney was also in double digits with 10 points. Cutting and Herring combined to score 15. Senior Kate Surprenant dished out a team-high five assists. Herring pulled down five boards to lead the team.

Tufts' next game will be on Saturday at 3pm when they host NESCAC opponent Bates. Worcester State will next play on Saturday as well when they travel to Fitchburg State for a 2pm tip-off in MASCAC action.


Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello