Women's basketball stays tight with No. 1 Tufts in setback

MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Colby College women's basketball team gave top-ranked Tufts University all it could handle for four quarters in a 70-58 setback on Saturday in NESCAC play.

The Mules (6-6 overall, 0-2 NESCAC) were not intimidated by the No. 1 team in the country. Colby shot 48.8 percent (21-for-43) from the field and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from 3-point range.

Tufts (12-0, 2-0 NESCAC), which took a win over Bowdoin College on Friday night, shot 50.0 percent (26-for-52) from the field and 36.8 percent (7-of-19) from long range.

Katie McCrum (pictured) had a collegiate-high 22 points, including 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range, and added three assists. Ainsley Burns, a two-time Maine Rookie of the Week selection this year, added 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Caitlyn Nolan came off the bench with nine points and three steals, while fellow senior MK Caverly had nine assists and four steals.

Michela North was 9-for-12 from the field and had 21 points to lead Tufts. Lauren Dillon finished with 11 points, four steals, and three assists. Erica DeCandido came off the bench with seven assists and six points. The Jumbos had assists on 24 of their 26 made field goals.

Colby had a solid start to the game, taking a 9-5 lead when Emily Davis hit a jumper with 6:22 left in the first quarter. Tufts settled down and led 20-14 after one quarter and just 34-28 at intermission.

The Jumbos pulled out to a 48-39 lead after three quarters. Burns cut the margin to seven points on a layup with 8:46 remaining, but the Mules would get no closer.

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