Women's Basketball Cruises to 80-61 Victory Over Babson Behind 25 Points from Knapp

WELLESLEY, Mass. – Tufts senior co-captain Jac Knapp scored 25 points and was an efficient 10-14 from the field as the No. 6 Jumbo women's basketball team defeated Babson 80-61 on Wednesday night at Staake Gymnasium in the Jumbos' final regular-season road contest.

Knapp netted 25 points on 10-14 shooting in the victory over Babson

Following the victory, Tufts improves to 21-2 overall. The Jumbos finished the regular season 14-0 in non-conference contests. With the loss, Babson falls to 18-4. The Beavers are receiving votes in this week's D3hoops.com national poll.

Tufts junior Erica DeCandido was locked in early as she scored seven points as the brown and blue opened the game with a 9-0 run in which they attacked the paint often. The Jumbos' sophomore forward Emily Briggs also connected on a layup during that opening stretch. Babson junior forward Emily Bonifacic got the Beavers on the board three minutes into the contest with a free throw. The Beavers' leading scorer Payton Ouimette hit a contested layup to help spark the offense into scoring six of the next eight points. Knapp then scored the contest's next four points over a two-minute span to extend the Tufts lead back to 11. Bonifacic netted the final three points of the first as the Beavers trailed 18-10.

Babson sophomore Katie Jones connected on a three-pointer early in the second to get the Beavers as close as five points from the lead. Then over the next four minutes, the Jumbos' offense and defense got rolling again as they outscored Babson 12-0. During that stretch, Tufts got points from five different players, including a team-high five from Knapp. A three from Babson junior Jacqueline Jozefick propelled a 7-2 spurt that was capped by a jumper from sophomore Nicole Hiller to get the hosts within 12. The Jumbos got hot from beyond the three-point line after that stretch as they got threes from junior Lilly Paro, Briggs, and Knapp to help them take a 43-29 lead into the locker room. The Jumbos' defense held the Beavers to 29.6% from the floor in the first half.

Knapp continued to attack the Beaver defense and didn't miss a beat out of the locker room as she connected on a jumper and a layup for the first four points of the third. Babson came back with six of the next eight points off two layups and a jumper from junior Tea Spellacy. Then, Briggs went on a 7-3 run of her own in which she made a pair of layups and a three-pointer. That Briggs three was the first of four threes in a row that the Jumbos would connect on. Paro hit a pair of treys and junior Cailin Harrington hit one to go up 65-42. Jozefick scored the Beavers' final five points of the quarter and senior Katie Martensen hit a jumper for Tufts to end the third in which the Jumbos led 71-45.

Babson outscored Tufts 16-9 in the fourth quarter led by a combined eight points from Jozefick and Bonafacic as the Beavers fell 80-61. The brown and blue's first year Sofia Rosa netted a team-high five points in the fourth with a pair of layups.

For the game, the Jumbos shot 31-67 and the Beavers were 21-54 from the field. Tufts pulled down 43 rebounds and Babson collected 30. The brown and blue dished out 13 assists and the Beavers tallied 11. The Jumbos connected on 10 three-pointers and Babson made six. Tufts' offense went into the paint often as they scored 34 points there.

Knapp connected on three of the Jumbos 10 three-pointers and also dished out three assists. Briggs also scored in double-figures with 16 points and collected a team-high seven rebounds. Paro and DeCandido each scored nine points respectively. Nine Jumbos scored in the contest.

Jozefick netted a team-high 18 points and was 7-13 from the floor for Babson. Bonafacic scored 10 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Ouimette grabbed five rebounds and scored nine points. The Beavers also had nine players score in the game.  

Tufts will play again on Sunday when they host NESCAC opponent Trinity at 2 pm in the Jumbos' final regular-season game. Babson takes the court again on Saturday when they host conference foe Springfield at 1 pm.  


Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello