NAPLES, Fla. – Fourth-ranked women's basketball (11-0) ended the 2018 portion of the season with a 78-38 victory against Rowan (7-6) on Sunday morning in the Naples Shootout Tournament. There were 11 different Jumbos who scored in the game.
|Lilly Paro netted a team-high 14 points in the Jumbos' victory|
Remarkably, Tufts shut out Rowan 31-0 in the first quarter. Tufts first-year guard Molly Ryan connected on a three-pointer for the opening bucket of the contest. The Jumbos found their rhythm early in the game as junior guard Cailin Harrington also buried a three-pointer. Over a 20-second span, both junior co-captain guard Erica DeCandido and sophomore forward Emily Briggs made a pair of free throws to push the Jumbos' lead to 10-0. Harrington continued her hot start as she buried a pair of jumpers as the brown and blue had scored 14 unanswered points. Tufts senior co-captain guard Jac Knapp and DeCandido both scored within a minute span as the Jumbos continued to play well at both ends of the floor. Ryan and junior guard Sadie Otley combined for the game's next nine points. The brown and blue's senior forward Katie Martensen scored the final four points of the quarter. Tufts was 10 for 18 from the floor including four threes in the first. Tufts' defense forced seven turnovers and held the Profs to 0 for 14 shooting in the first 10 minutes of action.
Rowan opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run off a jumper from junior guard Kailyn Sytsma and another basket by sophomore guard Juliette Tobin. DeCandido put a hault to the Profs' run and scored the Jumbos' first points of the quarter. Sytsma then buried a pair of free throws as Rowan now trailed 33-7 with 6:03 left in the second. Tufts junior guard Lilly Paro got hot from the floor and connected on three trey's over the final five minutes of the quarter. Rowan's first-year forward Jazlyn Duverglas and Harrington traded points over a minute span. The Profs also got a three-pointer from first-year guard Kennedy Brown for their 12th point of the second. Paro hit her third three of the quarter with 0:02 remaining as the Jumbos ended the first half with a 44-12 lead.
In the first half, the Jumbos shot 43.8 percent while holding Rowan to 14.3 percent from the floor. Tufts pulled down 27 rebounds to the Profs' 17. The Jumbos dished out 13 first-half assists to Rowan's two. The brown and blue were active on defense as they forced 12 turnovers in the first 20 minutes of action. The bench had 17 first-half points as well.
The Profs' sophomore guard Alexis Kriley hit a jumper on the first possession and first-year guard Grace Marshall's three sparked a 5-0 run to open the third. DeCandido, Briggs, and Knapp all converted on layups as the Jumbos went on to score the next six points. Knapp heated up by scoring seven points over a two-minute span. In the middle of the quarter, Brown connected on a layup and a three-pointer. Both defenses played well as they forced multiple turnovers in the third quarter. Ryan and Brown traded layups at the end of the third as the Jumbos took a 61-24 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Brown continued to score the ball well as she buried a jump shot to open the fourth and Marshall buried another three as the Profs scored five of the quarter's first seven points. Briggs went on a 4-0 run of her own during a minute span with a layup and a jumper. Paro hit her fourth three of the game midway through the fourth. Tufts sophomore forward Erin Poindexter-McHan hit the game's final field goal as the brown and blue won by 40.
For the game, Tufts shot 26-58 and Rowan was 15-57 from the field. The brown and blue grabbed 33 rebounds to the Profs' 26. The Jumbos consistently looked for the open teammate as they dished out 22 assists. Tufts was efficient from the three-point line as well as they went 10-16. Both defenses had active hands as there were a combined 37 turnovers. The benches' also contributed as Rowan's scored 28 and Tufts had 30. This is the eighth time the Jumbos have held an opponent under 45 points through their first 11 games.
The brown and blue's leading scorer was Paro with four threes and 14 points. Knapp and Ryan also scored in double figures with 13 and 10 respectively. Ryan had quick hands on defense all day as she tallied six steals. Harrington also played well with nine points and five rebounds. Briggs and DeCandido both scored eight points for the brown and blue. DeCandido led the team in assists and rebounds as she recorded six in each category.
The Profs' offense was fueled by Brown who scored a game-high 17 points as she was 7-13 from the field. Marshall also had a good game with a pair of three-pointers. Sytsma pulled down 10 rebounds and scored four points. Seven different Profs scored in today's contest.
Tufts' next game will be on Friday as they start conference play and host Colby at 7 pm. Rowan will next play on Saturday against Montclair State at 1 pm.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello