MEDFORD, Mass. – The Connecticut College women's basketball team fell to No. 8 Tufts by a 75-54 score at Cousens Gymnasium on Friday evening.
Tufts (17-2, NESCAC 5-1) never trailed in the contest and built up a 14-6 lead when Katie Martensen drove in for a layup to prompt a Camel timeout. The visitors got a 3-pointer from freshman Casey Walsh to slice the margin down to five with a minute left, but the Jumbos still carried a 19-13 lead into the second frame.
The Camels kept it as close as they could in the second and were only down by five at the midway point, as junior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) stole the ball and finished at the other end to make it 25-20. Jac Knapp, however, drilled a 3-pointer to build the lead up to twin figures and also sank a pair of free throws to give the hosts a 37-25 advantage to work with at recess.
Connecticut College played the Jumbos more evenly in the third period and was able to trim the margin back down to single digits on two occasions. But Tufts held its ground and would not allow the visitors to get any closer than eight points the rest of the way. Knapp converted a layup to extend the margin up to as high as 25 in the fourth quarter, which was more than enough insurance for the Jumbos to come away with the win.
Junior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) paced Connecticut College by scoring a game-high 19 points. Walsh and senior Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) provided 10 and eight points, respectively, off the bench, while junior Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) scored seven points and dished out three assists.
Tufts was paced by Erica DeCandido, who ended the game with 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. Melissa Baptista netted 14 points and grabbed eight boards, while Knapp contributed 13 points and six helpers.
Connecticut College (11-6, NESCAC 2-4) continues its weekend road trip when visits Bates tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.