Hartford, Conn. – The Tufts University women's basketball team finished their regular season today with a 59-40 win over Trinity College.
|Knapp led the Jumbos today in points, rebounds, and steals.|
The Jumbos (21-3, 8-2 NESCAC) will go into the New England Small Conference tournament next weekend as the three seed. The Bantams (15-9, 3-7 NESCAC) has qualified for the tournament after a three-year hiatus and will be the eight seed.
Tufts' scoring was spread out, led by Jac Knapp who turned in 12 points, six boards and three steals. Lauren Dillon added nine points and six assists while Cailin Harrington scored eight points and pulled down four rebounds off the bench. The Jumbos won the rebound battle, 33-27, and forced 18 Trinity turnovers.
On a day where the Bantams honored their seniors before the game, they were led by Erin Cunningham who scored a game-high 13 points and tied a team-high of six rebounds. Cunningham was the lone Bantam to finish in double-figures as Trinity shot just 30.4% from the floor.
Knapp scored six of her 12 points in the first quarter to help the Jumbos open a 17-6 lead after the first ten minutes of play. Tufts' defense limited the Bantams to just 2-of-9 shooting in the game's first quarter and came away with four steals. The visitors extended their lead in the second quarter to open up a 32-18 lead at the half, thanks largely to a 5-of-11 second quarter. Cunningham kept the Bantams in it with eight second quarter points, but just two other Trinity players found the bottom of the net in the second quarter.
Trinity turned things around a bit in the third frame, holding the Jumbos to under 30% shooting from the floor, but five turnovers on the offensive side of the ball proved costly. Jessica Hom and Cunningham both tallied three points each in the final quarter, but Tufts kept things out of reach, shooting 6-of-13 from the field down the stretch to come away with the 59-40 victory.
The Bantams will travel to top-seeded Amherst College next Saturday for the NESCAC Tournament Quarterfinals, scheduled for 2pm. The Jumbos will host sixth-seeded Connecticut College in Medford the same day at 3pm. The winners will advance to the tournament's semifinal round the following weekend.
Portions of Release Courtesy of Trinity Athletics