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Tufts falls one win shy of another Final Four berth

MEDFORD, Mass., March 10 – The Tufts University women’s basketball fell one win shy of going to the NCAA Division III Final Four for the fifth straight year after losing to Bowdoin College, 66-48. The Jumbos (26-5) fell to the Polar Bears (28-2) in the Elite 8. Bowdoin shot 40 percent from the field.

Canton freshman Emily Briggs was the NESCAC rookie of the year for Tufts and started all four games in the NCAA Tournament for the Jumbos. She was 0-for-6 from the field with a point against Bowdoin.

Melissa Bapista had a team-high 18 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks for Tufts while Jac Knapp added 12 points and had four steals.

Tufts earned a Sweet Sixteen victory with a 70-39 win over Messiah College. Knapp had a career-high 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting along with four steals and two assists. Briggs had two points in the win.

The Jumbos had a 61-38 win over Itacha College in the second round. Briggs had six points in that game, going 4-for-4 from the foul line.

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