Courtesy Tufts Sports Information
MEDFORD, Mass. - The second-seeded Tufts University Jumbos earned a NESCAC quarterfinal victory, 57-40, over the seventh-seeded Connecticut College Camels on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gym.
The Jumbos advance to the semifinals against No. 3 Bowdoin, next weekend in Amherst.
Tufts raced out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, sparked by three-pointers by junior Bre Dufault (Hampden, Mass.) and senior Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, N.Y.). The Camels came back to tie the contest at 13 at the 10:49 mark on a layup by junior Jeanna Dunleavy (Chatham, N.J.).
The Camels took their first lead of the game at 18-16 and then led again at 20-18 on buckets by sophomore Tara Gabelman (Irvington, N.Y.). The Jumbos tallied the final seven points of the half to take a five-point lead into the break, 25-20.
Senior Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, Mass.) and first-year Hannah Foley (Acton, Mass.) each had six points in the first half to lead the Jumbos. Gabelman's seven points led Connecticut College.
Tufts then controlled the second half, building an 11-point advantage at 41-30 with 11:51 to go. The Jumbos' largest lead came with 8:39 remaining, 48-30. The closest the Camels would get the rest of the way would be 14.
Kornegay led all scorers with 16 points, finishing with a double-double with 10 rebounds. She shot a stellar 8-of-10 from the field. Barnosky finished in double figures with 11 points while Foley connected on 3-of-6 three-pointers to finish with nine points.
Dunleavy finished with a team-high 13 points for the Camels, going 5-for-12 from the field. First-year Carlee Smith (Willimantic, Conn.) was the other Camel in double digits with 10 points.
Tufts ended the contest shooting 38.1-percent (24/63) and held Connecticut College to just 32.7-percent (18/55). The Jumbos scored 20 points off of 16 Camel turnovers.
Tufts is now 20-5 overall while Connecticut College ends its season at 16-7.