Husson Women’s Basketball Falls to No. 4 Tufts in NCAA Second Round
Despite a tough battle displayed by Husson, Tufts' offense was just too strong to stop, as the Jumbos overpowered the Eagles 64-44.
The Eagles (23-5) recorded an outstanding season as they captured the NAC Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in program history. With the win, Tufts (27-2) will advance to the sweet sixteen in the NCAA Tournament.
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Throughout the first quarter, both teams were fairly competitive, as the score remained even in the first couple minutes. The Jumbos separated themselves by nine points with two minutes remaining, but Husson was quick to answer and began making a comeback as the first quarter came to a close with the Eagles only down 19-15.
Going into the second quarter, the Eagles struggled offensively until Kenzie Worcester displayed success from the charity stripe making three baskets, putting the Eagles back in the game. At the half, Husson trailed Tufts by ten, 33-23.
Darla Morales led all-scorers at the half with a hot hand from behind the arc, as she drained all nine of her points from three's. Sami Ireland contributed five points and four rebounds while Worcester hit all of her baskets in the first half from the charity stripe.
The Jumbos were led by Michela North netting eight points while also grabbing eight rebounds, and closely followed by Melissa Baptista with seven points and seven rebounds.
The Eagles never backed down, outscoring the Jumbos 17-10 in the final quarter; unfortunately their relentless effort was not enough to make a comeback against Tufts.
On the night, the Jumbos distributed their points around the team as Jac Knapp accumulated 13 points, leading her team on the scoreboard. North was the only player to bring in a double-double for her team with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Jumbo teammate, Baptista, also contributed nine points and seven rebounds, nearly all of which were collected in the first half.
The Eagles were led by Morales who was unstoppable from three, scoring all 15 of her points from behind the arc while also bringing in five rebounds. With her five three point field goals made, Morales recorded her 71st make on the season, the third most in a single-season in program history. Husson's Worcester netted half of her points from the free-throw line, tallying 12 points overall on the night. Chandler Guerrette was all over the court, posting five steals and seven points to record her 400th point on the season. The formidable duo, Guerrette and Worcester, became the first pair of teammates to record over 400 points, 100 rebounds, 100 assists and 50 steals in a single season in program history.
--Courtesy of Husson Sports Information