Women's hoops falls to No. 6 Tufts, 62-46

MEDFORD, Mass. – Senior Liz Moynihan scored a team-high 11 points in 22 minutes as No. 6 Tufts University women's basketball defeated Bates College, 62-46, at Cousens Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

The Jumbos (16-0, 4-0 NESCAC) pulled away from the Bobcats (7-10, 0-4 NESCAC) midway through the first half and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way. The hosts out-rebounded Bates 43-28 and held the Bobcats to 32.1 percent shooting from the field.

Senior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) scored a game-high 16 points to go with four rebounds, four assists, and three steals for Bates while first-year Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.), in her first career start, scored eight points and sophomore Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) added six points with three steals.

For Tufts, junior Kelsey Morehead (Foster City, Calif.) and senior Caitlin McClure (Arlington, Va.) each recorded nine points, and first-year Michaela North (Duxbury, Mass.) had eight off the bench. Moynihan (Storrs, Conn.) also collected five rebounds.

Bates held an early 4-3 lead before Tufts registered the game's next 18 points to take a 21-4 edge with 7:27 left in the first half. Six different Jumbos scored during the run. The Bobcats broke their drought with a pair of free throws from junior Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) at the 6:24 mark.

Kelly and Nason each added 3-pointers before the half, but the Jumbos brought a 32-12 lead into the break.

The Bobcats cut their deficit to 37-22 after 3-pointers from Nason and first-year Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) just over four minutes into the second period, but the Jumbos then used a 12-0 run to push their advantage up to 27 at 49-22 with 12:45 remaining.

After the Jumbos captured a 56-29 lead with 9:21 to go, the visitors posted a 17-6 run over the game's final nine minutes for the final margin.

Next, Bates hosts Saint Joseph's College of Maine on Wednesday at 7 p.m. while Tufts plays at Connecticut College on Friday at 6 p.m.