Tufts blasts No. 17 Williams
Jumbos’ McClure scores 14 points to spearhead winning effort
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- No. 17 Williams dropped its first game of the year on Friday to Tufts (9-2, 1-0 NESCAC) 63-40. The matchup was the opening of league play for both teams. The Ephs (11-1, 0-1 NESCAC) had their 11-game winning streak come to an end with the defeat.
After trading the first couple hoops, the Jumbos went on a short run to take the lead. Kate Barnosky stole the ball and lobbed it ahead to Tiffany Kornegay who finished and was fouled. She made the ensuing free throw.
A couple Eph possessions later, Barnosky stole the ball again and delivered a bounce pass in the paint to Caitlin McClure. McClure finished the pass to give the Jumbos a four-point lead just under five minutes into the game. Kornegay then hit a jumper to make it seven points in a row for Tufts.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Amherst 76, Wesleyan 39|
|No. 7 DePauw 75, Allegheny 59|
|No. 10 Lewis & Clark 57, Linfield 46|
|Tufts 63, No. 17 Williams 40|
It looked like the Ephs might gain some momentum when point guard Jill Greenberg drove to the hoop and was fouled. She converted the three-point play. The Jumbos, however, pushed the lead to 14 behind 3-pointers from Hannah Foley and Liz Moynihan before the Ephs scored again.
Grace Rehnquist broke the 12-0 run with a long ball. The field goal, however, was the Ephs’ final of the half, and the Jumbos went into the locker room with the 32-15 lead.
The Ephs came out of the break fighting to get back into the game. They found their first points of the half off of a pair of three-point plays.
Claire Baecher backed her defender down in the paint and was fouled. She made the resulting free throw. Lisa Jaris was then fouled on a put back and also converted the play.
Despite a hard fight from the Ephs, the Jumbos’ shooting hand was too hot and they continued to add to their lead -- pushing it to as many as 34.
Leading the way for the Jumbos was McClure with 14 points. Kornegay and Moynihan also reached double digits with 13 and 12 points respectively. The Jumbos shot 41 percent from the floor.
Baecher posted a double-double for the Ephs with 11 points and 10 rebounds. She was the only Eph in double digits. Williams shot 21 percent from the field.