For the ninth consecutive season, the Tufts University women’s basketball team secured a spot in the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament’s “Sweet 16” with a 79-53 win over SUNY Cortland on Saturday afternoon at Western New England.
With the win, the Jumbos secured a date with Williams College, which beat Ithaca College, 69-61, in its second-round matchup this afternoon. Tufts and Williams have met twice this season with the Jumbos winning both contests, including last month’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals.
Erica DeCandido led the Jumbos and all scorers with 26 points to go with 11 rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Emily Briggs chipped in 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting. Briggs also contributed nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.
Tufts led 21-14 after one quarter before pushing ahead for good at the break with a 38-22 advantage. Cortland did reduce the deficit in the second half with a 22 point output, but it wasn’t enough to provide the Red Dragons with enough momentum to slow down the Jumos in the final frame.
Three members of the Red Dragons netted double-digits, Casey Travers, who finished with a team-high 13 points on four of nine shooting.
Cortland secured a second-round date with the Jumbos after scoring an opening day win over host Western New England. Tufts defeated SUNY Poly on the first day by a score of 72-34.