NESCAC Quarterfinal: No. 3 Tufts 85, No. 6 Connecticut College 48

NESCAC Quarterfinal: No. 3 Tufts 85, No. 6 Connecticut College 48

Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information

MEDFORD, Mass. – No. 3 Tufts defeated No. 6 Connecticut College in a NESCAC Quarterfinal contest, 85-48, at Cousens Gym.

Tufts will face No. 2 Bowdoin on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the NESCAC Semifinals at Amherst's LeFrak Gymnasium. The Mammoths will host the remaining rounds of the NESCAC Tournament and all four top seeds advanced.

The Jumbos (22-3) never trailed the Camels (15-9) and used a strong third quarter in which they outscored Connecticut College by 15 to pull away and seal the victory.

Melissa Baptista led all scorers with 21 points, five rebounds, four steals, and two assists. She also passed 1989 grad Teresa Allen for third most points scored in her career all-time in the program's record books. She now has 1,258, passing Allen's 1,257. 

Jac Knapp had 15 points and Lauren Dillon stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and a block. In her first game back after a five game absence due to injury, Erica DeCandido had 12 points, four assists, and two rebounds.

Mairead Hynes had an exceptional game for the Camels as she recorded a double-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and an assist. Casey Walsh had 10 points, three rebounds, and an assist for the Camels.

The Jumbos came into the second half with a 10-point lead, but broke open the game in the third quarter. Dillon hit a 3-pointer to start things off and DeCandido and Baptista each contributed buckets give Tufts a 48-30 lead. The Camels battled with a couple baskets from Dana Muckstadt and Sami Ashton, but the quarter ended with a Dillon 3-pointer.

Tufts extended its lead in the fourth quarter with six points apiece from Knapp and Sadie Otlley. Five other Jumbos had at least three points in the quarter as well to wrap things up.

Tufts out rebouned Connecticut College, 36-30, totaled 19 assists and added nine steals.

Tufts opend the game hitting its first six shots to build a 13-6 lead just three minutes into the game. The Jumbos doubled that lead over the next few minutes after a 3-pointer by Dillon and a layup by Knapp made the score 20-6. The teams traded buckets for the rest of the first frame to go into the second quarter of play with the Jumbos up, 26-13.

The Camels outscored the Jumbos in the second quarter, 14-11, behind 10 points from Hynes. Hynes led all scorers at the break with 16 points as she grabbed seven rebounds in the first half as well. Baptista had was Tufts' top bucket-getter in the first half with 12, as the Jumbos went into the locker room with a 37-27 lead.