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Women's Basketball | Jumbos beaten on a prayer, fall to Amherst 54-48

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 08:02

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Zhuangchen Zhou / The Tufts Daily

Senior co-captain Bre Dufault scored 7 points in 27 minutes for the Jumbos in their 54-48 loss to Amherst.

The night before their matchup with the Lord Jeffs, Tufts had to work hard to avoid looking past Trinity College with the Amherst game just 18 hours away. After getting out to a 25-8 lead in the opening 19 minutes, the lights went out for the Jumbos offense, and the team made just two of its next 23 field goals. The result was a 28-12 run for the Bantams that cut the lead all the way down to one with a little over six minutes to play.

But Tufts senior co-captain Bre Dufault had the answer, hitting a vital 3-pointer to extend the lead to four and then adding four more points in the closing minutes. The Jumbos defense held strong, and the squad was able to leave Connecticut with a 50-40 win.

Dufault finished the night with 11 points, while Kanner added 12 of her own.

Just one game remains on the regular season schedule for Tufts, a home game against NESCAC cellar-dweller Hamilton. The matchup will also be Senior Night for Dufault and Maggie Riddle, and it’s unlikely the Jumbos will have any trouble getting ready for it, even after two emotionally draining games this weekend.

“It’s Senior Night, Fan the Fire, there’s a lot to play for,” Berube said. “I’m sure it’s going to be a great atmosphere and a great night. It’s our last regular season game of the year, and I’m sure we’ll be up for it.”

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