|Husson University||Tufts University|
MEDFORD, Mass. – Despite a tough battle displayed by Husson down in Massachusetts, Tufts’ offense was just too strong to hold off, as the Jumbos overpowered the Eagles 64-44 on their home court.
Overall, the Eagles (23-5, 16-2 NAC) posted an outstanding season as they captured the NAC Championship and advanced to the second round of the Division III NCAA’s for the first time in program history. With this win, Tufts (27-2, 9-1 NESCAC) will be advancing to the sweet sixteen in the NCAA Tournament.
Both teams kept up a competitive edge throughout the first quarter as the score remained fairly even in the first couple minutes. The Jumbos separated themselves by nine points with two minutes remaining, but Husson was quick to answer and began making a comeback as the first quarter came to a close with the Eagles down a couple buckets to Tufts, 15-19.
Going into the second quarter, the Eagles struggled offensively until Kenzie Worcester displayed success from the charity line making three baskets, putting the Eagles back in the game. At the half, Husson trailed Tufts 23-33.
Leading all-scorers at the half was Darla Morales with hot hands from behind the arc, as she drained all nine of her points from the 3-point line. Ireland contributed five points and four rebounds while Worcester hit all of her baskets in the first half from behind the charity stripe.
The Jumbos were led by Michela North netting eight points while also grabbing eight rebounds, and closely followed by Melissa Baptista with seven points and seven rebounds.
The Eagles never backed down, outscoring the Jumbos 17-10 in the final quarter; unfortunately their relentless effort was not enough to make a comeback against Tufts.
On the night, the Jumbos distributed their points around the team as Jac Knapp accumulated 13 points, leading her team on the scoreboard. North was the only player to bring in a double-double for her team with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Jumbo teammate, Baptista, also contributed nine points and seven rebounds, nearly all of which were collected in the first half.
The Eagles were led by Morales who was unstoppable from the 3-point line, scoring all 15 of her points from behind the arc while also bringing in five rebounds. With her five 3-pointers made, Morales recorded her 71st made on the season, the third most in a single-season in program history. Husson’s Worcester made half of her points from behind the charity line, netting 12 points overall on the night. Guerrette was all over the court snatching up steals left and right, tallying up five throughout the game while also adding on seven points to record her 400th point on the season. The formidable duo, Guerrette and Worcester, became the first pair of teammates to record over 400 points, 100 rebounds, 100 assists and 50 steals in a single season in program history.