NEW LONDON, Conn. – Co-captains junior Erica DeCandido and senior Jac Knapp combined for 35 points to lead No. 6 Tufts women's basketball to a 66-45 victory over NESCAC opponent Connecticut College on Friday night.
|DeCandido netted a game-high 18 points in the 66-45 win|
With the win, the Jumbos are now 18-1 overall and 5-1 in NESCAC play, and have pushed their winning streak to six games. Connecticut College falls to 11-8 overall and 2-4 in conference action.
The Jumbos used a strong second quarter to take a commanding lead they would hold on to. After the first quarter the game was locked at 14. The second quarter started as a back and forth affair, with the score being tied three times in the first minute and a half. With the game locked at 19 with 6:37 left to go in the quarter, things started clicking for the Jumbos and they scored 14 unanswered ponits and did not allow another Camel point for the rest of the period, building a 33-19 lead that they took into halftime. Junior Cailin Harrington started the run with two free throws and a jumper and then DeCandido added four free throws. Knapp then made two free throws and a layup, and Harrington added another jumper. The Jumbo defense stepped up, forcing five second quarter turnovers to help them take a 33-19 lead into the locker room.
The Camels began the game ready to go. An Ashley Howe jumper put them ahead, 3-2, early and then Sami Ashton added a free throw and a layup and Emily O'Sullivan turned in a jumper to give the Camels an 8-2 lead about four minutes into the game. With the Camels ahead, 10-4, DeCandido turned in a jumper and then a three from Knapp brought the Jumbos within one, 10-9, with 2:35 left in the first. About a minute later sophomore Emily Briggs put the Jumbos ahead, 11-10, with a jumper. The two teams traded baskets and the first quarter ended with the score locked at 14.
Thats when things clicked for the Jumbos and they outscored the Camels 19-5 in the second quarter to take a 33-19 lead into halftime.
Both teams were slow to score out of the locker room as the game only saw four points scored in the first three minutes of the third. Meggie Corcoran scored the Camels first seven points of the third to help them get as close as 12 points. But the Jumbos didn't let up and they maintained a double-digit lead for the entire third period. The Jumbos continued their strong defensive play, allowing the Camels just ten points in the fourth quarter on their way to a 66-45 win. In the fourth, DeCandido and junior Sadie Otley netted four points while the Camels got three points apiece from senior Kylie Caouette and first-year Claire Gulbin.
For the game, Tufts shot 22-59 and Connecticut College was 13-46 from the floor. The Jumbos converted 19 free throws while the Camels made 16. The brown and blue collected 49 boards while Connecticut College tallied 35 rebounds. Tufts forced 15 Camels turnovers. It was a physical contest that saw a combined 44 fouls called.
DeCandido netted a game-high 18 points, which included connecting on 10 free throws and she added seven rebounds. Knapp also scored in double figures with 17 points. Alibrandi and Harrington combined to score 13 points. The Jumbos had 10 players score in the game.
Ashton scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Corcoran was second on the team with nine points and recorded two assists. The Camels had 10 players scored in the contest.
Tufts will play again Saturday when they travel to NESCAC opponent Wesleyan for a 3 pm tip off. Connecticut College hosts conference opponent Bates on Saturday with a 3 pm start time.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello