NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team was defeated by Tufts University 65-44 in non-conference action Monday afternoon at Emerson Gymnasium.
Freshman Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) paced the Lyons (6-9) with 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting. Sophomore Sarah Fitzgerald (Bath, Maine/Morse) dropped in a career-high nine points to go along with five rebounds and a pair of blocks while freshman Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) went for six points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
The Jumbos (13-3) were led by senior Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, N.Y./Walt Whitman) with a game-high 14 points – including a pair of three-pointers. Classmate Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, Mass./Tabor Academy) grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds and chipped in offensively with eight points and four helpers.
Wheaton held a 9-8 lead eight minutes into the contest behind four points from Fitzgerald. Kornegay answered with a layup at exactly 11:00 to give the Jumbos the lead for good at 10-9. They closed the half on a 21-13 run and took a 33-22 lead into the locker room. Barnosky led all scorers with nine points while Kornegay had six points and seven boards. Kuhn scored all six of her points in the first half to lead the Lyons.
Tufts opened the second half by scoring the first five points to push its lead to 16 at 38-22. A pair of buckets from senior Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) and a layup from Brickley cut the Jumbos lead to 40-28 at 14:55 before a 12-4 run by the visitors ballooned the lead to 20 with nine minutes remaining.
"Tufts is a very strong, athletic team, and we knew we'd have our work cut out for us because we were down a few players due to injury," said Wheaton head coach Melissa Hodgdon. "They had 14 offensive rebounds at the half, but we only allowed three after that. I couldn't be more proud of our short-handed team for bouncing back and holding their own on the glass in the second half."
The Jumbos finished with a 47-37 rebounding advantage and forced the Lyons into 15 turnovers. Tufts scored 34 of its 65 points in the paint – including nine second-chance points – and held a 15-0 edge in fast break scoring. Overall, the Jumbos knocked down 40.6 pct. of their shots (26-of-64) and held the Lyons to 32.1 pct. from the field (18-of-56). Wheaton struggled from the free throw line, missing on its first five opportunities from the charity stripe and finished 3-of-10.
Wheaton returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to MIT for a 7 p.m. contest. The Jumbos travel to Wesleyan (Conn.) Friday for a 6 p.m. contest.