MEDFORD – Tufts junior Lilly Paro netted a career-high 22 points in the Jumbo women's basketball team's 79-44 NESCAC victory over Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gymnasium. Prior to the game, the Jumbos honored seniors Jac Knapp and Katie Martensen for their contributions to the program over their four years.
|Martensen was one of two seniors honored prior Saturday's NESCAC game|
With the win, No. 4 Tufts is now to 20-2 and 7-2 in NESCAC play. Following the loss, Hamilton falls to 10-9 and 0-7 in conference action.
From the opening tip, the Jumbos were in attack mode on both ends of the floor as they scored the first six points of the game. Knapp, junior Erica DeCandido, and first-year Molly Ryan each netted two points during that stretch. Hamilton senior Halie Serbent got the Continentals on the board in the fourth minute of the game. After the Serbent layup, the Jumbos went on a 10-0 run led by five points from Knapp. DeCandido, Ryan, and junior Cailin Harrington all contributed points during the run. Hamilton junior Marie Steiner scored five points in the final minute of the first quarter as the Continentals trailed 21-9.
Early in the second quarter, Hamilton got as close as 10 points from the lead off a layup from first-year Liz Arnold. Then, over the next four minutes, the Jumbos scored nine unanswered points off three-pointers from Paro and junior Sadie Otley, a layup from sophomore Angela Alibrandi and a free throw from Knapp to extend the lead to 19 points. The Continentals' first-year guard Kelcie Zarle hit a three of her own to end the Jumbo run. Over the final three minutes of the second, Tufts continued to shoot at a high rate and scored eight of the final 10 points of the half led by five points from Paro to take a 38-16 lead into the locker room.
The Jumbos continued to fire on all cylinders and didn't miss a beat coming out of the half as they scored the first eight points of the third. DeCandido contributed six of the eight while Martensen connected on a layup that she was fouled on. Arnold and sophomore Scout Lansing netted five of the contest's next nine points for the Continentals. Paro's hot shooting stroke from the first half carried over to the third as she connected on two more three-pointers within two minutes. Hamilton junior Mackenzie Aldridge scored six of the quarter's final 11 points as the Jumbos now led 63-31 after three.
In the fourth, Tufts outscored Hamilton 16-13, leading to the 79-44 victory. Paro netted two more three-pointers and a jumper as she scored eight fourth-quarter points. The Continentals' sophomore Kayla Glemaud had a team-high four points in the final frame.
For the game, Tufts shot 28-51 and Hamilton was 15-58 from the floor. The rebounding battle was close as the Jumbos pulled down 36 and the Continentals collected 35. Tufts moved the ball efficiently all game as they tallied 18 assists. Both defenses showed active hands as they forced a combined 35 turnovers. Tufts' bench scored 39 points and the Continentals got 24 points from their bench.
Paro connected on six three-pointers overall. Knapp and DeCandido also scored in double figures with 15 and 10 points respectively. Knapp also recorded team-highs in rebounds with seven and assists with four. Sophomore Emily Briggs and Ryan combined for 14 points and each connected on three field goals. The Jumbos got scoring contributions from 12 different players.
Aldridge recorded team-highs in points with nine and rebounds with six for the visitors. Zarle also contributed seven points and a team-high three assists. Arnold and Glemaud each scored six points respectively. Serbent collected five rebounds and chipped in four points. Nine players scored for the Continentals.
Tufts will play again on Wednesday when they travel to non-conference opponent Babson with a 7 pm start time. Hamilton hosts NESCAC opponent Middlebury on Friday night at 7 pm.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello