No.6 Tufts Turns Away Wheaton, 64-40

No.6 Tufts Turns Away Wheaton, 64-40

Shoemaker records 12 points, seven rebounds in loss 

MEDFORD, Mass. – Tufts University, ranked no.6 overall in the latest national poll, earned a 64-40 victory over the Wheaton College women's basketball team in non-conference action on Monday night at Cousens Gym. 

Freshman forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) compiled a team-high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, seven rebounds and four blocks. 

Sophomore forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) added seven points and two boards while classmate Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) contributed five points and two assists. 

For the Jumbos, sophomore guard Kelsey Morehead (Foster City, Calif./Pinewood) tied for the game-high in points with 12 to go along with three assists and one steal. Graduate forward Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, N.Y./Walt Whitman) tallied nine points, six caroms and two steals. Junior forward/center Ali Rocchi (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) registered eight points off of the bench, six rebounds, three steals and one assist. 

Tufts shot 39.4-percent (22-for-66) from the field, 33.3-percent (5-for-15) from beyond the arc and 87.5-percent (7-for-8) from the free throw line. Wheaton connected on 37.2-percent (16-for-43) from the field, 37.5-percent (3-for-8) from three-point range and 71.4-percent (5-for-7) at the line. The Lyons outrebounded the Jumbos, 37-33, while the hosts held a 32-18 advantage in points in the paint. Tufts also recorded 17 steals in the contest. 

The Jumbos opened up the game on a 20-7 run over the first 11:29 as sophomore guard Hannah Foley (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) led the charge with seven points during that stretch. Morehead notched five points while junior guard/forward Liz Moynihan (Storrs, Conn./E.O. Smith) had four points to aid the run. Tufts finished the half with a 33-14 lead. 

In the second half, the Lyons shot 43.5-percent (10-for-23) from the field scoring 26 points in the stanza. Brickley collected seven points, Pierce and Shoemaker combined for eight points and junior forward Sarah Fitzgerald (Bath, Maine/Morse) had four points off of the bench. 

Wheaton (6-9, 3-5 NEWMAC) returns to action on Wednesday, January 16 as the Lyons host Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Emerson Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Tufts (16-0, 4-0 NESCAC) hosts Wesleyan on Friday, January 18 at 8 p.m.