NEW LONDON, Conn.--Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) netted a game-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, connecting on 6-of-10 shots from the field and 5-of-5 shots on the charity stripe to lead top ranked Tufts University to a 72-48 victory at Connecticut College today.
Senior forward Michela North (Duxbury, Mass.) chipped in with a double-double for the visitors, pouring in 16 points and adding 11 rebounds in the triumph. The Jumbos improved their record to 18-0 and are a perfect 6-0 in the NESCAC. The Camels, who were out-scored by just two points in the second half, fell to 11-6 with a 2-4 mark in conference action.
Senior Liz Malman (Mendham, N.J.) finished with 15 points and three steals to lead the Camels in the back court. Junior Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) added 10 points and four rebounds for Connecticut College.
North put in a left handed runner in the lane with 7:20 remaining in the opening quarter to vault the visitors out to a 6-0 lead. Jacqueline Knapp (Westfield, N.J.) made it a 10-3 game with a nice scoop and score with 6:06 to go. Then, Baptista knocked down a jumper with 3:57 left to make it a 16-5 contest before Meg Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) answered with a nice move in the paint for the Camels with 2:58 remaining to trim the deficit to 16-7.
The Jumbos ended the quarter with a 5-0 run to take an early 21-7 advantage on the Camels. Tufts out-scored Connecticut College 17-9 in the second stanza. DeCandido and Jennie Mucciarone (North Reading, Mass.) converted layups in the closing 1:08 for the visitors, who carried a 38-16 advantage into the break.
Connecticut College out-scored Tufts 26-22 in the third quarter to pull to within 60-42. A three-ball from Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine) from the right side of the arc made it a 62-45 contest with 9:23 remaining in regulation. But Tufts would not allow the Camels to get any closer. A layup and one from Lauren Dillon (Wellesley, Mass.) pushed the lead back to 69-46 with 4:57 remaining and the visitors were able to close out the 72-48 victory.