MEDFORD – Sixth-ranked Tufts women's basketball played tough defense all night and forced 21 turnovers in a 68-31 non-conference victory over WPI on Tuesday night at Cousens Gymnasium. The 31 points allowed was the fewest in a game since November 17 against Lasell, when the Jumbos allowed 30 points.
|Poindexter-McHan netted a career-high 11 points against WPI|
With the victory the Jumbos are now 17-1 overall and have won five games in a row. Following the loss, the Engineers fall to 7-10.
In the first minute of the game, Tufts senior Jac Knapp and WPI senior Alyssa Paul traded three-pointers in the contest's only tie. Over the next six minutes, the Jumbos went on a 13-0 run led by six baskets scored off assists. During the run, first-years Molly Ryan and Janette Wadolowski combined for nine points. Tufts junior Erica DeCandido and sophomore Emily Briggs both recorded layups in that stretch as well. With 2:13 left in the first, first-year Bailey Savage converted on a layup to cut the Jumbo lead to 11 points. Tufts first-year Sofia Rosa and sophomore Angela Alibrandi scored the final four points of the quarter as the Jumbos led 20-5. Each of the brown and blue's nine first-quarter baskets were assisted on.
The Jumbos' tough defense carried over to the second quarter as they held the Engineers scoreless for the first seven minutes. DeCandido and Wadolowski each scored three points over that seven-minute stretch. WPI's Savage and first-year McKenna Finken connected on a pair of jump shots to cut the lead to 17. Wadolowski continued her solid offensive start with a layup off a DeCandido pass as the Jumbos took a 30-9 lead into the locker room.
Tufts scored the first seven points of the third quarter led by three points and an assist from Knapp. Finken ended the brown and blue's run with a jump shot that was assisted by Savage. After the Finken field goal, the Jumbos' tenacious defense went four minutes without allowing another point and the offense produced seven more points. Tufts junior Lilly Paro and sophomore Lilly Bolen each connected on a three-pointer for their first points of the game in the middle of the third. WPI's junior Spencer Vinson scored the final four points of the third quarter, after which the hosts had a 47-17 advantage.
Each team had their best offensive quarter in the fourth in which Tufts outscored WPI 21-14, leading to the 68-31 Jumbo victory. Tufts sophomore Erin Poindexter-McHan scored a career-high 11 points in the fourth to lead the Jumbos. WPI's first-year Alex Scariati netted a team-high four points in the quarter.
For the game, Tufts shot 26-57 and WPI was 12-43 from the field. The Jumbos hit nine three-pointers. The brown and blue collected 33 boards while the Engineers tallied 31 rebounds. Both teams moved the ball well as the Jumbos dished out 23 assists and WPI recorded 10. Tufts' bench contributed 39 points while the Engineers got eight bench points.
Wadolowski netted a game-high 13 points with six made shots. Poindexter-McHan also scored in double figures with 11 points. Knapp and Ryan each scored nine points respectively. Briggs dished out a team-leading four assists. Junior Cailin Harrington grabbed five rebounds. The Jumbos had 11 players score in the game.
Vinson scored a team-high eight points for the Engineers. Paul was second on the team with six points. Savage recorded four assists and chipped in five points. Scariati collected a game-high six rebounds. Seven Engineer players scored in the contest.
Tufts will play again on Friday night when they travel to NESCAC opponent Connecticut College for a 7 pm tip off. WPI hosts NEWMAC opponent MIT on Saturday with a 2 pm start time.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello