MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's basketball team beat Worcester State University, 77-42, on the road this afternoon.
|Gina Doyle hit two three-pointers and had eight points total in the fourth quarter.|
The Jumbos (12-2, 1-1 NESCAC) bounced back against the Lancers (6-7, 0-1 MASCAC) after dropping a game yesterday to fellow NESCAC team, Bowdoin.
Melissa Baptista had 17 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks in the game to lead Tufts. Jac Knapp contributed 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals and Lauren Dillon chipped in with nine points and five assists. Britt Herring led Worcester State with 12 points.
Worcester State got the first basket of the game, but Tufts immediately turned up the heat and went on a 16-0 run, aided by four steals in four straight possessions. Baptista and Emily Briggs led the initial charge, recording eight and six points in the first quarter respectively. The first frame ended with the Jumbos up, 22-8.
The second quarter was bit more closely contested, with both teams trading buckets for the majority of the quarter. With two minutes remaining in the half, Katie Martensen put in a layup and then a couple possessions later Dillon hit a jumper as time ran out to stretch the lead to 18 at the break.
The tale of the first half was Tufts' ability to turn their six offensive rebounds into 12 second chance points. Without those, the Jumbos would only have led by six at the half, putting the outcome of the game much more in question.
One of the plays of the game came in the third quarter, exemplifying the hustle and grit the Jumbos played with all afternoon. Dillon stole the ball at the Lancers end of the floor and brought it coast to coast. She got a shot off, but it rattled out. Briggs was there to grab the rebound and put it back up, but her attempt wasn't successful either. Crashing the boards right behind her was Caitlin Harrington who was finally able to get her layup to fall. The third frame ended with Tufts leading, 56-29.
The Jumbos will have their first home game in over a month this Friday when NESCAC foe Williams comes to Medford. Worcester State will travel to Framingham State on Tuesday.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communicatins Intern