January 11, 2013

Eighth-Ranked Tufts Remains Perfect With Win Over Women's Basketball

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Tufts University women's basketball team remained unbeaten with a 62-44 win over Bowdoin on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

The eighth-ranked Jumbos shook off some early offensive struggles to pull away from the Polar Bears and improve to 14-0 (3-0 NESCAC). The Polar Bears see their four-game winning streak come to an end as they fall to 7-5 (1-1 NESCAC) with the loss.

Tufts had three players in double digits, led by Hannah Foley's 12 points and Kelsey Morehead's 11. Kate Barnosky had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Jumbos. Kaitlin Donahoe led the Polar Bears with 14 points in the loss. Selena Lorrey had nine points off the bench while Shannon Brady had five blocks.

Both teams struggled mightily from the field in the early going, with the visitors holding a 10-6 lead with five minutes left in the opening half. The Jumbos were able to piece together a late surge, scoring the final nine points of the stanza and getting a lay-in from Haley Kanner at the buzzer to carry a 19-6 lead into intermission.

The squads both heated up in the second half, but not until after the Jumbos had opened up the period on a 13-5 run, capped by a Foley three-pointer, to take a 21-point advantage with 16 minutes to go. Bowdoin got as close as 14 points in the remaining time, but Tufts connected on five three-pointers and hit 14-17 from the free throw line in the period to seal the win.

Tufts held a crucial 40-27 edge on the boards and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds resulting in 17 crucial second-chance points. Bowdoin committed 20 turnovers in the game.

The Jumbos will travel to play at Colby on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Bowdoin will host Bates at 4:00 p.m.