The Jumbos entered the contest with the #1 defense in the nation, and in true form, held the Devils to just 21.9 percent from the floor in the second half, to send the defending champions home.
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During the opening rounds, the Jumbos easily ran past BR-337 Pine Manor 87-46. Sophomore Michela North tied a career high with 25 points for the Jumbos, who moved their winning streak to 19. Against BR-77 St. John Fisher, after trailing the entire game, a final second jumper by North knotted the game and sent the match-up into overtime. The Jumbos finally took their first lead of the game in the overtime set, and went on to earn a 72-67 victory.
Facing BR-17 Eastern Connecticut State in the Sectional Final, the Jumbos held the Warriors to just 11 first half points, and allowed just 20 more after the half to move on with a 46-31 win.
Strength of Schedule: 37th
Conference Finish: 10-0, 1st in the NESCAC
Top players: Senior Hayley Kanner is averaging 13 points per game with a 47.6 field goal percentage (161/338) and a 71.4 mark (70/98) at the line. She has also drained 10 from three-point land. She’s made major contributions to the #1 defensive team in the nation with averages of 2.5 blocks and 0.9 steals per game.
Sophomore Michela North, who was a league standout as a freshman season, had another stellar year. A force under the basket, with team highs of 14 ppg, a 58.3 field goal percentage (179/307) and 9.2 rpg, she was also a major presence defensively with 2.0 blocks and 1.4 steals per game.
Head coach: Carla Barube (13th season)
Final Four appearances: 2, 2nd in a row
Inside the numbers: Jumbo senior tri-captain Kelsey Morehead, missed 14 games in the middle of the season with a knee injury, and returned shortly before the post-season. She scored 15 of her team-high 19 points, including several big three-pointers, in the second half and overtime of the victory of St. John Fisher.
Key to the game: BR-1 Thomas More ranks third in the nation with 86.4 points per game. With Tufts sporting the #1 defense in the nation, this game will come down to which team’s strength prevails.
Did you know?: The Jumbos top ranked defense allows just 46.7 points per game, and held FDU-Florham‘s fourth ranked offense, more than 30 points below their scoring average in the NCAA Quarterfinal.