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MEDFORD, Mass. -- For the second time in team history, Tufts is going to sectionals after the Jumbos defeated Johns Hopkins 55-46 in a second-round game on Saturday night.

Kate Barnosky led Tufts with 18 points on Saturday night, including seven in the final 11 minutes of the second half when the hosts pulled away from the Blue Jays. Hopkins had erased a 10-point halftime deficit and tied the score at 31-31 with 12 minutes remaining.

Two of the better defensive teams in the nation showed their stuff for most of the first half. Tufts held a 13-11 lead at the seven-minute mark. The Jumbos took off on a 10-0 run from there, with a 3-pointer by Barnosky giving Tufts a 23-11 advantage with 4:20 to play until halftime.

The Jumbos were ahead 29-19 at the break, with Barnosky's 11 points leading the way. Chantel Mattiola had seven at halftime for Hopkins. Tufts held JHU to 30 percent shooting (6-20) and forced 13 turnovers in the first half.

Hopkins scored the first six points of the second half to pull within 29-25 on a free throw by Alex Vassila at the 15:14 mark. Threes by Stephanie Fong and Mattiola helped JHU tie the score at 31-31. Tufts missed its first 11 shots of the second half and didn't have a field goal until Bre Dufault hit a jumper at the 11:41 mark.

A 3-pointer by the Jumbo’s Caitlin McClure put Tufts up 40-34, but Hopkins’Jessica Brown entered the game and knocked down a three to make it a one-possession game at 40-37 with 7:50 left.

However, another basket by McClure and a lay-up by Hayley Kanner extended the Jumbo margin to nine points (47-38). Fong's jumper at 1:14 had the visitors within four at 50-46, but that's the closest the Blue Jays would get.

Barnosky was 9-10 at the line and added seven rebounds to lead the Jumbos. Liz Moynihan scored 11 points for Tufts, while Kornegay led the team in rebounds with ning Kelsey Morehead had four assists.

JHU was led by Fong's 14 points on six for eight shooting. Mattiola added 13 points and three steals. The Jumbos did a good job holding the Blue Jays' Vassila to no field goals and three points. She grabbed nine rebounds.