Aldridge ’20 scores nine as women’s hoops falls at No. 3/4 Tufts

Mackenzie Aldridge ’20 (Josh McKee photo)
Mackenzie Aldridge ’20 (Josh McKee photo)

Tufts University's Lilly Paro went 8 of 11 from the floor with six 3-pointers for a career-high 22 points and the Jumbos posted a 79-44 NESCAC win over the Hamilton College Continentals at Tufts' Cousens Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

Tufts (20-2, 7-2 NESCAC) is ranked No. 3 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III Top 25 poll and No. 4 by

Mackenzie Aldridge '20 guided Hamilton (10-9, 0-7) with nine points, six rebounds and three assists. Kelcie Zarle '22 totaled seven points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Liz Arnold '22 and Kayla Glemaud '21 both contributed six points, and Arnold added five rebounds and four steals.

Jac Knapp tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals for Tufts. Erica DeCandido scored 10 points and dished out four assists, and Emily Briggs added eight points.

After being held to a season-low 40 points against No. 5/5 Amherst the previous day, the Jumbos were on the attack from the opening tip as they scored the first six points and led the whole way. Halie Serbent '19 grabbed an offensive board and made the layup that put Hamilton on the scoreboard at the 6:57 mark, but the Jumbos responded with 10 unanswered points and built a 21-9 lead after the first quarter.

Arnold opened the second quarter with one of her four offensive boards and banked in a layup to make the score 21-11 at 9:07. The Jumbos replied with a 9-0 streak before Aldridge grabbed one of her four offensive boards and found Zarle for a downtown bucket at 4:18. Zarle closed the first half with a layup to make the score 38-16.

Tufts limited the Continentals to 28 points in the final 20 minutes. The Jumbos led 63-31 after three quarters as Hamilton did not get closer than 23 after halftime. Tufts' largest lead was a 42-point margin, which was reached on a layup by Sofia Rosa with 4:01 left in the fourth. Hamilton concluded the game with seven unanswered points. Glemaud drained both of her free throws at 1:48 and followed with a steal and layup at 1:25. Aldridge grabbed another steal and swished a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left.

Hamilton returns home on Friday, Feb. 8 for a NESCAC game against Middlebury College at 7 p.m.