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Roundup: No. 7 Tufts cruises by Bridgewater State

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  -- Megan Robertson and Jaimie Renner scored 25 points apiece to lead third-ranked Amherst to a 74-63 win against Rhode Island College on Tuesday night at the Murray Center.

The Jeffs took their first lead of the game with 4:06 remaining in the first half and never looked back, earning their 11th consecutive win to improve to 11-0 on the season. Rhode Island drops to 6-5 overall after the loss.

The Anchorwomen surged ahead of the Jeffs early in the first half behind a 13-5 scoring run through the first 8:15 of action. However, Amherst rallied for a 26-12 scoring burst to close out the half, spearheaded by 11 points from Robertson, to send the visitors into the intermission with a 29-25 lead.

After the two squads exchanged baskets in the opening minutes of the second half, guards Danielle LeBlanc and Alex Moore buried back-to-back baskets to knot the game at 31-31 with 18:01 remaining in the game. Yet, the Jeffs responded with nine unanswered points, capped off by a pair of buckets from Robertson, to give the visitors a 40-31 lead with 14:59 left to play.

RIC bounced back with five consecutive points from Vandell Andrade and a pair of free throws from Cara Paladino to cut the deficit to four and make it 42-38 with 13:31 on the clock. However, Amherst answered back with a 14-4 run of its own to jump ahead by 14 with 7:38 left to play en route to the 11-point victory.

Robertson was one point shy of tying a career-high as she went 11-for-19 from the floor. She grabbed eight boards as well and blocked three shots. Renner’s 25 points were a season high as she went to the charity stripe 16 times, connecting on 13 of those attempts. She was also 5-for-7 from the field and 2-for-2 from downtown while dishing out a season-high eight assists. Joining them in double-digit points was Cheyenne Pritchard who finished with 10. She also added a career-high eight assists and pulled in seven rebounds.

No. 7 Tufts 75, Bridgewater State 55

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Junior Hannah Foley's 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists led 11-0 Tufts to a 75-55 non-conference win against Bridgewater State on Tuesday night at Cousens Gym.

Elisha Homich was the leading scorer with 12 points for the Bears who fell to 5-6 on the season. Tatyana Belizaire added 10 points and pulled down five boards, while Jenna Williamson chipped in nine points, four rebounds and dished out four assists.

Freshman Michela North came off the bench and went 6-for-6 from the field for 12 points and four rebounds. Junior Ali Berman scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds while junior Hayley Kanner added 10 points.

Both teams were tied at 4-4 until Foley sparked the Jumbos with a 3-pointer, a jumper and another trey to giver her team a 12-6 lead with 11:54 reamining. The Bears responded with a 3-pointer and layup from Melissa Daigle to trim the lead to three points.

With a 19-15 advantage at the 6:21 mark, the Jumbos would go on a 17-4 run during the next six minutes sparked by Foley's 10 points. Tufts went into the locker room with a 36-21 halftime lead. Foley hit five 3-pointers in the first half.

The Jumbos came out hot in the second half as they went on a 12-5 run in the first three minutes. Junior Kelsey Morehead hit two treys in that span and Kanner and Berman each added a layup for a 46-23 lead with at the 17:37 mark. Tufts largest lead of the hight came with 6:47 remaining in the game when Foley's jumper put her team up 27 with the score at 69-42.