Women's Basketball Falls to Tufts in NESCAC Semifinals

Lauren Petit scored ten points in Bowdoin's loss to Tufts in the NESCAC Semifinals
Lauren Petit scored ten points in Bowdoin's loss to Tufts in the NESCAC Semifinals

AMHERST, Mass. - The Tufts University women's basketball team jumped to an early lead and survived a late Bowdoin rally to take a 49-44 win in the NESCAC Semifinals on Saturday at Amherst College on Saturday afternoon.

The Jumbos (25-1) advance to Sunday's NESCAC Championship game against the Purple & White while the Polar Bears (21-4) are very likely to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when selections are announced on Monday afternoon.

Game Highlights

  • In what proved to be the difference in the game, Tufts suffocated Bowdoin in the opening quarter and took a 14-5 lead after one period.
  • The Jumbos extended their lead to 28-15 at halftime and carried a 38-26 edge into the fourth quarter.
  • Bowdoin made a late push, outscoring Tufts 18-11 in the final quarter, but could get no closer than five points as the Jumbos clung to the win.

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin struggled from long-distance (3-23, 13% from three-point range) in the loss while Tufts ended at 44% from long range (8-18).
  • The Polar Bears were able to hold Tufts to just 34% shooting overall and actually out-rebounded the Jumbos 45-38 in the game.
  • Lauren Petit was the lone player from either team to reach double-digits in the defensive struggle, finishing with ten. Marle Curle scored nine and dished out four assists. Ally Slifen led the team with seven rebounds.
  • Jacqueline Knapp was Tufts leading scoring with nine points.

Up Next

  • The NCAA will announce selections for the 2017 Division III Women's Basketball Tournament at 2:30 p.m. on ncaa.com