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Women’s Basketball Falls to No. 6 Tufts

Sami Ashton

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's basketball team was dealt a 66-45 loss by No. 6 Tufts on Friday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House.

The first quarter was competitive and featured five lead changes and two ties until eventually ending in a 14-14 stalemate. Neither side was able to convert a field goal until Camel junior Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine) sank a jumper with 7:38 left, and hosts jumped out to an 8-2 lead thanks to getting a layup from Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.). Tufts recovered by answering with a 9-2 run of its own before senior Julia Wanfried (Westfield, N.J.) closed out the scoring by sinking two free throws.

But after a competitive opening frame, the Jumbos outscored the hosts by a commanding 19-5 margin over the next 10 minutes to take control. After junior Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) sank a free throw to tie the game at 19s with 6:37 remaining, the visitors ended the quarter on a 12-0 run. Callin Harrington led the Jumbos during the run by providing half of the scoring, which included netting the first four points, and the visitors led by a 33-19 score at the recess.

The Camels tried to chip away at the deficit in the second half, but they were unable to recover from the second quarter in which they only shot 10 percent from the floor by sinking one of their attempts. The deficit grew to as many as 23 points when Angela Alibrandi weaved her way through defenders to convert a layup with 1:01 left, and the sophomore capped the scoring by tacking on another point at the charity stripe.

Tufts (18-1, NESCAC 5-1) was led by Erica DeCandido and Jac Knapp. DeCandido scored 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Knapp added 17 points and grabbed six boards. Both players also recorded three steals apiece.

Ashton paced Connecticut College in the setback by contributing a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) finished with nine points, while Muckstadt and Wanfried each redirected two shots.

Connecticut College (11-8, NESCAC 2-4) will look to end a three-game skid when it hosts Bates tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.