Strong Third Quarter Propels Women's Basketball Over Babson 82-67

BABSON PARK – The Tufts University women's basketball team improved to 10-1 after defeating the Babson College Beavers by a score of 82-67 on Sunday at Staake Gymnasium.

All five Jumbo starters scored double-digit points with senior Sofia Rosa (pictured) leading the way with 17 along with five rebounds and two assists. Senior Molly Ryan played all 40 minutes in the victory and finished with 15 points, four rebounds and five assists.

Junior Meghan Bauman led Babson with 19 points and six assists. Sophomore Kelly Walsh scored 14 and freshman Camilla Silk finished with 10 points and five rebounds.

Tufts started the game hot, scoring the game's first eight points before Babson started to climb back into it. With 1:21 left in the first quarter, Tufts had a 17-10 lead that was quickly reduced by a 5-0 Babson run to end the first quarter with the score at 17-15. Tufts' Maggie Russell shot three for six in the quarter for six points.

The Beavers continued their run into the second quarter, scoring 10 straight points to take a 25-17 lead. Walsh hit a three-pointer and a layup consecutively to start the quarter and freshman Kiara Simone Davis ended the run with a three-pointer. Rosa responded for the Jumbos with four straight points and the teams would trade baskets for the remainder of the half, going into halftime with a score of 42-36 in favor of Babson.

The third quarter is when the Jumbos started to find their groove, outscoring the Beavers 29-16. Erin Poindexter McHan got it started with a jumper, followed by two huge shots from Ryan, including one from beyond the arc to get the Jumbos within three points. Sophomore Callie O'Brien gave Tufts the lead after draining a jumper with 7:25 left in the third quarter. Rosa had a big quarter, scoring ten points to help the Jumbos take control of the game heading into the fourth.

Tufts tightened up their defense in the fourth quarter after taking a 65-58 lead and did not allow too many opportunities for Babson to rally a comeback. Tufts started the quarter with a 5-0 run that began with an Angela Alibrandi layup. Three-pointers from Sofia Gonzalez, Poindexter McHan and Ryan helped the Jumbos separate themselves and take a 16-point lead with four minutes remaining. Tufts would only allow six more points from Babson and just nine total points in the quarter as they ended the game with the 82-67 victory.

The Jumbos will return to their home court on Friday to take on Hamilton College at 7 pm in a NESCAC matchup.

Written by Tim O'Brien, Athletic Communications Intern