SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Seniors Erica DeCandido and Cailin Harrington both scored 19 points as the second-ranked Tufts University women's basketball team earned a 66-43 victory at Skidmore College in a non-league game Tuesday night.
|Sadie Otley's eight rebounds tonight tied for the team-best.|
The Jumbos built a 23-7 first-quarter lead and led by 22 at intermission (38-16) en route to the easy victory. Tufts is now 5-0 while the Thoroughbreds dropped to 2-4 with their second straight loss.
Harrington scored 11 points to lead the Jumbos in the first quarter, making four of six shots including a three and sinking two free throws. Sophomore Sofia Rosa added five points as the Jumbos led by 16 after 10 minutes. The Jumbos held the hosts to 3 for 19 shooting (15.8 percent) in the period.
The Tufts defense continued to make it difficult offensively for the Thoroughbreds in the second quarter. Skidmore shot just 23.1 percent in the second quarter (3/13) and went into halftime shooting just 6 for 32 (18.8 percent) from the floor. Tufts had a 26-point lead after three quarters before Skidmore outscored the Jumbos 13-10 in the fourth.
DeCandido made eight of 13 shots while grabbing eight rebounds with five assists and two steals in the game. Harrington's 19 points came on seven for 13 shooting and was paired with seven rebounds. Sophomore Molly Ryan added 11 points with five rebounds, five assists and four steals for Tufts.
The Jumbos finished with a 48-33 advantage in rebounds as senior Sadie Otley joined DeCandido in grabbing a team-high eight caroms. Tufts assisted on 20 of 25 baskets.
Skidmore sophomore Clare Driscoll finished with a team-high 18 points while classmate Kate McCarney recorded 17. McCarney's four points in the fourth quarter helped the Thoroughbreds out-score the Jumbos by three in the final period. Sophomore Toyin Koleoso grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
The Jumbos are next at Emerson College on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Skidmore hosts Liberty League action on December 6 at 5:30 pm versus William Smith College.