Mass College Hoops Recap: Tufts 61, Misericordia University 57

By Matt Noonan 

MEDFORD, MA – Clinging to a two-point advantage with 38 seconds remaining, Tufts University senior Tiffany Kornegay, (15 points, 10 rebounds) recorded two rebounds and two free throws in a span of nine seconds, which lifted the Jumbos past Misericordia University in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament, 61-57.

“Misericordia really got after it, [and] I thought they played a great game, and made a lot of plays,” exclaimed Tufts head coach Carla Berube. “Down the stretch, we made the plays that we needed to, got some big rebounds, had some big shots contested and got rebounds and then got on the break.”

Both teams exchanged the lead nine times before freshman Hannah Foley and junior Collier Clegg, (11 points) helped Tufts relinquish it with back-to-back treys, which provided the Jumbos with a 32-26 lead at the break.

Tufts then constructed a 46-36 cushion to start the second half, which was erased and evened at 50-50 with five minutes remaining.

Senior Christine Marks, (22 points, 12 rebounds) sparked the Cougars offense with a few rebounds and free throws before senior Jesse Robinson, (16 points) provided Misericordia with their first lead in nearly 30 minutes when she recorded a pair at the stripe.

“Marks is just an excellent basketball player,” said Berube. “They’ve got a great supporting cast around her, and we had trouble defending them.”

Tufts eventually responded with a jump shot by Kornegay, which ballooned the Jumbos lead to 58-51 with 2:58 remaining.

“That shot got us into a rhythm, and I think we felt confident,” said Kornegay. “That’s what we needed to finish out the game.”

The Cougars then mustered six points during the final minute, but also watched Marks miss two consecutive layups, which halted Misericordia’s comeback to force overtime, and allowed the Jumbos to walk off their home court with a dramatic March Madness victory.

“Tiffany really pushed it out there in the end, and made plays when we need [them],” said Berube. “[Overall] it was exciting [because] it’s been a while I feel like that we’ve pulled out a game at the end when it’s really, really close, and Misericordia really tested us, so it doesn’t matter how you win now, it’s just about advancing and luckily we did that.”

Tufts will attempt to continue their quest toward a national championship when they face-off against Johns Hopkins University on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 7:00pm. The winner will earn a trip to sectional-finals, which is scheduled for Mar. 9.

Massachusetts College Basketball: Women’s Top-5 Poll Updated

By NoontimeSports.com 

1.) Amherst College (Last Week/No. 1) – The Lord Jeffs are on fire, and haven’t lost a single game this entire season. They’re currently 15-0, and 3-0 in NESCAC conference play. Amherst will kick-off a seven-game road trip on Friday at Bowdoin College.

2.) Babson College (Last Week/No. 2) – The Beavers have won 10 of their last 11 contests, and a main reason for their success is the trio of junior Sarah Collins, as well as senior Kathleen King and Nicki Wurdeman, who were a major factor Wednesday against Clark University. Babson will look to earn their 10th conference victory of the season when they travel to Connecticuit on Saturday to face the U.S. Coast Guard.

3.) Williams College (Last Week/No. 5) – The Ephs earned their fifth road win on Thursday when they defeated Eastern Conn., 63-47. Grace Rehnquist came off the bench, and led Williams with 17 points in 20 minutes. Similar to the men’s squad, they’ll welcome Hamilton College to campus on Sunday for an afternoon matinee.

4.) Tufts University (Last Week/No. 4) – The Jumbos kicked-off their three-game road trip with a non-conference victory against Wheaton College on Monday, and will now focus their attention on Wesleyan University and Connecticuit College this weekend. Seniors Kate Barnosky and Tiffany Kornegay continue to be the focal point, as well as lead Tufts with 294 points combined.

5.) Smith College (Last Week/ No. 3) – The Pioneers recovered from their third conference loss of the season on Wednesday when they defeated WPI, 74-57. Smith should most likely earn their 12th victory of the season, and seventh conference victory on Saturday when they travel to Rockwell Cage to face MIT.

Recap: Tufts 65, Wheaton 44

By Matt Noonan

NORTON, MA – Monday’s non-conference women’s basketball clash between Tufts University and Wheaton College didn’t exactly start with a bang.

Both teams missed numerous shots, as well as swapped leads, but eventually Tufts senior guard Tiffany Kornegay, (eight points, 14 rebounds, four assists) recorded two points on a layup at exactly 11:00 in the first half, which provided the Jumbos the lead, and eventually a 65-44 victory.

“It was a good win,” said Tufts senior forward Kate Barnosky. “We had to just keep our intensity. We just had two really intense NESCAC games, so it was good that we came out, everybody got in the game, I think, [and] almost everybody scored if not everyone, so it was a good win.”

Tufts’ win marks their 13th of the season, as well as six consecutive road victory, too.

“Tufts is obviously a very athletic and strong team, and we knew being down some numbers due to injuries that we’d have our work cut out for us,” said Wheaton College head coach Melissa Hodgdon. “They had 14 offensive rebounds at halftime, and we only gave up three for the second half. I couldn’t be more proud of that for an undersized, low-manned team to be able to comeback on a great Tufts team, and only give up three offensive rebounds, [which] I thought was significant.”

Barnosky, (14 points, four rebounds, two assists) built off Kornegay’s layup with a trifecta around the seven minute mark, which helped the Jumbos secure a comfortable, 33-22 halftime lead.

Tufts held Wheaton to just 9 of 24 from the field during the opening frame, as well as forced nine turnovers, which resulted in an additional five points.

“I think overall we got some good looks, and didn’t knock them down, and they’re a good rebounding team, so we didn’t get a lot of second chance points,” said Hodgdon.

The Jumbos continued their offensive dominance during the opening minutes of the second half when Barnosky sank a three-pointer, as well as two free throws before the Lyons attempted to rally with two back-to-back layups from senior forward Gabbie DePalo, who was limited to just three minutes due to a knee injury.

Although, Tufts defense once again denied any chance of a Wheaton comeback, as they held the Lyons to just nine field goals and eight offensive rebounds during the final 20 minutes, which helped the Jumbos preserve the win.

“I was just determined to get in there, and get the rebounds,” said Kornegay. “That’s part of our game to get the defensive board, and then just run in transition and get our points that way.”

Wheaton returns to the court on Wednesday when they host MIT, while Tufts will continue their three-game road trip on Friday when they travel to Connecticuit College.

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Massachusetts College Basketball: Friday Night Scores

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are a few scores from four different Division III college basketball games in Massachusetts.

Men’s Basketball

Tufts 80, Williams 71: The Jumbos entered halftime with a one point lead, and then outscored the Ephs 48-40 in the second half to earn their seventh victory of the season. Scott Anderson led Tufts with 19 points, and 10 rebounds, while Ben Ferris added 23 points off the bench. Michael Mayer finished the game for Williams with a team high 20 points. Williams has now lost two games at home this season, and is 0-1 in conference play, while Tufts is 1-0.

Amherst 66, Wesleyan 64: Despite outscoring the Lord Jeffs in the second half, 46-38, the Cardinals earned their third loss of the season. Aaron Toomey and Willy Workman combined for 33 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists for Amherst, while Jason Mendell ended the game with 18 points for Wesleyan.

Women’s Basketball 

Tufts University 60, Williams  43: The Ephs women’s basketball team had their 10-game winning streak snapped, as the Jumbos handed Williams their first home loss of the season. Tiffany Kornegay and Caitlin McClure combined for 27 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and four steals, while Liz Moynihan contributed 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists off the bench. Claire Baecher recorded a team high 11 points for Williams, who finished the game 12 of 57 from the field.

Amherst 76, Wesleyan 39: The Amherst women’s basketball team collected their 11th consecutive win of the season, as they steamrolled past the Cardinals to pick up their first conference victory, too. Caroline Stedman and Shannon Finucane led the team with 14 points apiece, while Megan Robertson tallied a team high 11 rebounds, (five offense, six defense). Amber Wessells led Wesleyan with seven points.