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Gorman Drops 20 but Cardinals Fall to No. 8 Tufts, 67-56

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MEDFORD, Conn. – Olivia Gorman '19 dropped 20 points and recorded four steals but the Wesleyan University women's basketball team came up short against No. 8 Tufts University on the road Saturday afternoon, 67-56.

The Cardinals' four-game win streak comes to an end as they fall to 13-6 overall and 3-4 in the NESCAC following the loss. The Jumbos have won seven in a row to improve to 18-2 and 5-1 in league play.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Tufts scored the first five points but a three by Maeve Vitale '18 at the 4:20 mark evened the score at 7-7.
  • With 1:46 remaining in the first, a layup by Gorman gave Wesleyan its first lead up 11-10. However, the Jumbos outscored the Cardinals 4-1 down the stretch to take a 14-12 lead after one.
  • After some back-and-forth action, Gorman evened the score at 20-20 with a three-pointer at the 5:44 mark and a layup by Vitale a minute later put the Cardinals back up, 22-20.
  • With 1:43 to play, Tara Berger '19 gave Wesleyan a 26-25 lead, but similar to the first quarter, Tufts scored the final four points to claim a 30-26 halftime lead.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Jumbos started to pull away in the third quarter and used a 7-0 run to go ahead 37-29 with 6:13 on the clock.
  • A pair of free throws by Berger at the 5:07 mark cut the deficit to six, 39-33, but the home team used another run capped off by a three from Cailin Harrington just over two minutes later to go ahead 46-33.
  • Tufts would eventually take a 49-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
  • The Jumbos outscored Wesleyan 8-3 to start the fourth as they pulled ahead 57-42 with 6:42 remaining, essentially putting the game out of reach.
  • A layup by Chynna Bailey '19 with 00:46 remaining cut the deficit to nine before a pair of free throws by Jac Knap sealed the 67-56 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Despite the loss, Wesleyan held a 48-40 rebounding advantage as Maddie Bledsoe '18 continues to dominate the glass. She finished with a game-high 13 boards while also dishing out a team-high four assists. Berger added 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, and Vitale dropped eight points.
  • Melissa Baptista led Tufts with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting while pulling in seven rebounds. Katie Martensen grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Lauren Dillen dished out a game-high four assists while scoring nine points.
  • The Jumbos bench outscored Wesleyan's, 24-6. Saturday's game featured four ties and six lead changes.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are back in action Tuesday, Jan. 30 and will play Rhode Island College on the road. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.