Women's Basketball Defeats Colby in First NESCAC Matchup of the Season

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's basketball team defeated their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent tonight in Colby College, 65-43.

Knapp had 13 points and led the team in steals with three. 

The Jumbos (11-1, 1-0 NESCAC) controlled the flow for the majority of the game, ousting the Mules (5-5, 0-1 NESCAC) by 22.

Erica DeCadido led all scorers with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. She also added four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Melissa Baptista had 14 points, four rebounds, and three blocks, while Jac Knapp was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals and 5-of-6 from the line to collect 13 points, three assists, and three steals.

Ainsley Burns paced Colby with eight points, while Grace Coutu grabbed seven rebounds.

The Mules may have scored the first points of the game, but when DeCandido immediately answered back with a good three-point shot, Colby relinquished their only lead of the night.

DeCandido and Baptista combined for 14 of the Jumbos 19 first quarter points to end the first frame up, 19-6.

Baptista opened the scoring in the second quarter with a jumper and a pair of free throws. Sadie Otley got into the action with 7:30 remaining in the half when she stole the ball, and on the same possession, sank a three-pointer.

Jac Knapp had a big second quarter recording six points. Teammate Lauren Dillon ended the half with a pair of made free throws to go into the break with a 36-14 lead.

The Jumbos picked up right where they left off in the third quarter, getting points from six different players. Baptista, DeCandido, and Knapp continued their strong nights, Jennie Mucciarone hit a couple free throws, Emily Briggs sank a few shots to add to her first half point total, and Otley wrapped up the quarter with a layup.

The fourth quarter was the only frame in which Tufts was outscored, but the game was never in doubt. Baptista and Knapp added a few more points each as Erin Poindexter-McHan and Katie Butler contributed as well.

The Jumbos play again tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Bowdoin and Colby will have Bates at home.

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Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern