MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Friday night, 62-59, to Albright College as part of the Gelston/Paskert Holiday Tournament at Montclair State.
|Baptista led the Jumbos with 15 points.|
The Jumbos (9-1) led the Lions (7-4) for almost the entire first three quarters, before relinquishing the lead at the end of the third frame, which led to a back and forth fourth quarter.
Tufts started the game out strong with Melissa Baptista, Erica DeCandido, and Jac Knapp all sinking buckets before anyone from Albright was able to put any points on the board. The Jumbos closed the first quarter with a jumper by DeCandido to wrap up the frame ahead, 16-9. Tufts was able to extend their advantage in the second quarter and held a ten-point lead, 34-24, at the half.
The game picked up in the second half, with the Lions clawing back for the entire third quarter to take the lead for the first time with 1:01 left in the frame. Jane Joyce hit a shot to go up on the Jumbos 43-42. After buckets by DeCandido and Angela Alibrandi, the quarter ended with both teams tied at 46.
The fourth quarter saw eight lead changes before the final buzzer. With 3:41 left in the game Knapp hit a pair of free throws help Tufts take their final lead of the game, 57-56. Joyce answered back with two free throws of her own to put Albright back on top by one with 2:40 left. After another bucket and a pair of free throws, the Lions were up 62-57. With 12 seconds left on the clock Emily Briggs got a layup off of an assist from Jennie Mucciarone, but the scoring would stop there.
The Jumbos would get the ball back after a missed free throw by Albright, but weren't able to turn it into points. The clock ran out with the Lions up by three.
Baptista led Tufts with 15 points, three steals, three rebounds, and two assists. DeCandido added 13 points and seven rebounds, while Knapp had nine points and six rebounds.
Devan Horka paced the Lions with 17 points, while teammate Alysha Lofton had 13 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, three assists, and two steals.
The tournament will continue tomorrow when the Jumbos take on DeSales at 3 p.m.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern