Undefeated Tufts Edges Women's Basketball

January 5, 2013

Ninth-ranked Tufts used stifling defense to top Middlebury, 54-41, in NESCAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gym. The win moves Tufts to 13-0 on the season and 2-0 in the NESCAC. Middlebury falls to 6-5 (1-1 NESCAC) and returns to action with a non-league game at Suffolk on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. 

The first half was a struggle for both offenses as Tufts led 20-18 at the break. The Jumbos shot 30% (7-30) while the Panthers were 29% (7-24) from the field.

Sophomore Hayley Kanner led Tufts with nine points on 4 for 8 shooting in the first 20. Middlebury's leading scorer after one stanza was junior Scarlett Kirk with six points. Junior Katie Pett had nine first-half rebounds. There were two ties and four lead changes.

Tufts' defense continued strong in the second half as the Panthers finished at just 32% (15-47) from the field. The Jumbos stayed at 30% (18-60), but they forced 15 turnovers while only committing eight of their own.

For Tufts, Kate Barnosky finished with a team-high 12 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Hannah Foley scored all 10 of her points in the second half. Kanner ended up with 11 points and eight rebounds. Five of the eight boards were on the offensive end.

Kirk and junior Laura Lowry had 10 points each for Middlebury. Lowry was 3 of 6 from three-point range. Kirk added 10 rebounds to complete a double-double. Pett finished with 15 rebounds for the Panthers to go along with seven points.

The Jumbos held a 45-38 rebounding edge, including 17-10 on the offensive glass.