MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury hung with No. 7 Tufts for much of the first half during NESCAC action Sunday afternoon in Pepin Gym, but the Jumbos produced a late surge in the final minutes of the first half and never looked back en route to a 70-44 victory.
Tufts scored the game's first five points on a pair of free throws from Hayley Kanner and a 3-pointer from Hannah Foley. Middlebury responded with the next seven points, including a pair of layups from Elizabeth Knox, and led 7-5 with 15:33 left in the first half. The two teams traded baskets during the ensuing minutes with Tufts owning a slim two-point edge, 21-19, with 4:01 left. The Jumbos closed the half on an 11-2 run and possessed an 11-point bulge at the intermission at 32-21.
Middlebury cut the visitor's lead to 10 (40-30) on a free throw from Laura Lowry at the 15:29 mark. Tufts recorded 16 of the game's next 18 points and put the game out of reach as the Jumbos cruised to the win..
Tufts featured a balanced attack that was led by Michela North with 11 points in just 15 minutes, while Caitlin McClure, Liz Moynihan and Kanner each added eight markers. Kanner also dished out a game-best seven assists.
Individually, Knox led Middlebury with 13 points to go along with seven rebounds, while Scarlett Kirk recorded her second-consecutive double-double consisting of 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Additionally, Lowry also finished in double figures with 12 points