|Tiffany Kornegay's 14 rebounds were the single-game season-high for Tufts
NORTON - Senior co-captain Kate Barnosky scored 14 points, and classmate Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, MA) grabbed 14 rebounds as the Tufts women's basketball team won a Martin Luther King Day afternoon contest at Wheaton College, 65-44.
The Jumbos improved to 13-3 overall, while Wheaton fell to 6-9.
Wheaton held a 9-8 lead eight minutes into the contest behind four points from Sarah Fitzgerald. Kornegay answered with a layup at exactly 11:00 to give the Jumbos the lead for good at 10-9. They closed the half on a 21-13 run and took a 33-22 lead into the locker room. Barnosky led all scorers with nine points while Kornegay had six points and seven boards. Kenzie Kuhn scored all six of her points in the first half to lead the Lyons.
Tufts opened the second half by scoring the first five points to push its lead to 16 at 38-22. A pair of buckets from senior Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, NJ) and a layup from Brickley cut the Jumbos lead to 40-28 at 14:55 before a 12-4 run by the visitors ballooned the lead to 20 with nine minutes remaining.
The Jumbos finished with a 47-37 rebounding advantage and forced the Lyons into 15 turnovers. Tufts scored 34 of its 65 points in the paint - including nine second-chance points - and held a 15-0 edge in fast break scoring.
Overall, the Jumbos knocked down 40.6 percent of their shots (26/64) and held the Lyons to 32.1 percent from the field (18/56). Wheaton struggled from the free throw line, missing on its first five opportunities from the charity stripe and finishing 3 of 10.
First-year Hayley Kanner (Scarsdale, NY) continued her fine post play with 11 points on 5 for 8 shooting. She also made five rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore Caitlin McClure (Arlington, VA) finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two steals for Tufts.
First-year Abbie Brickley paced the Lyons with 11 points. Fitzgerald dropped in a career-high nine points to go along with five rebounds and a pair of blocks, while Kuhn went for six points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
The Jumbos travel to Wesleyan Friday for a 6 pm NESCAC contest.Wheaton returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts MIT at 7 pm.
Game release courtesy of Wheaton College