Saturday women: Tufts ends Amherst's 121-game streak

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Michaela North put up a double-double on a big day for Tufts.
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Tufts ended Amherst's record home winning streak and took over sole possession of first place in the NESCAC in the process, while Brian Morehouse won his 500th career game in Saturday's Division III women's basketball action.

The last time Amherst lost at home, the team was still nicknamed the Lord Jeffs and G.P. Gromacki was the coach. Alright, so, neither of those is a particularly telling stat but try this on for size: The Amherst women's basketball team set the NCAA women's basketball record for longest winning streak on Nov. 23, 2014, and even then hadn't lost since.

That streak, 121 games, finally ended on Saturday at the hands of No. 8 Tufts, which held on to defeat No. 2 Amherst 52-51. Michaela North scored the last of her 16 points with 49 seconds left to give Tufts (20-2, 9-0 NESCAC) a 52-49 lead. Hannah Hackley hit a pair of free throws on the next possession to cut the lead back to one and Amherst had a shot to win the game as time expired but Cheyenne Pritchard's shot did not go down. North finished with the 16 points and added 13 boards.

The fourth-ranked and unbeaten Hope Flying Dutch gave Brian Morehouse another milestone victory with a 95-58 win against St. Mary's (Ind.) on Senior Day. Morehouse is now 500-76 in 20 seasons as head coach.

Hope coach Brian Morehouse picked up his 500th win on Alumni Day with several members of the 2006 national championship team on hand.
Photo by Tom Renner, Hope athletics 

"There's no better place than Hope. There's no better place that I'd rather do this,"Morehouse told an enthused DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 1,130 during a postgame ceremony honoring him. "I have great players. I get way too much of the credit honestly."

Katelyn Smith poured in a game-high 30 points as Transylvania defeated No. 25 Bluffton 65-57, handing the Beavers their second loss in three games. The Pioneers improved to 15-6 overall and 11-3 in the Heartland Conference, while Bluffton slipped to 19-2, 12-2. The loss also dealt a severe hit to Bluffton's chances for hosting the HCAC tournament in a little over two weeks based on the tie-breaking scenarios with Rose-Hulman.

UW-Stout pulled off a significant upset on the road on Saturday as Jenna Goldsmith scored 15 points and the Blue Devils held No. 10 UW-Oshkosh (17-4, 8-2 WIAC) to 4-for-19 shooting from 3-point range at home in a 59-52 win. Stout won just its third WIAC game of the season, improving to 9-12, 3-7.

That upset allowed No. 18 UW-River Falls to pull back into a tie for first by beating No. 16 UW-Stevens Point 77-67. Brynn Liljander scored 26 points for the Falcons (17-4, 8-2 WIAC) who finish the regular season against Oshkosh.

No 17 Albright topped Messiah 71-63 to avenge its only conference loss of the season. Kalecia Harris' 49th career double-double (22 points, 11 rebounds) helped the Lions reach the 20-win mark for the second consecutive season.

Trine forced 22 turnovers and turned them into 24 points, defeating No. 19 Calvin 69-57 for the Thunder's first win against the Knights since 2005. Cassidy Williams scored 13 to lead Trine (14-7, 7-6 MIAA).

Outside the Top 25 Marymount edged York (Pa.) 56-54 to stay atop the CAC. The Saints (18-3, 13-1 CAC) won despite the Spartans (16-5, 10-4 CAC) shooting 51 percent from the field. The teams combined for 52 turnovers.

Rowan's lead in the NJAC was trimmed to one game when Kean upset the Profs 90-82 in overtime. Melissa Lake sank two free throws with eight seconds left in regulation to save Rowan (19-3, 13-2 NJAC) from defeat momentarily. But Marajiah Bacons scored eight of her 32 points in overtime to lift the Cougars (14-8, 9-6 NJAC) to victory. Kean's Jaquetta Owens just missed a triple double with 25 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

St. John Fisher rallied past crosstown rival Nazareth 61-58 and kept pace with Stevens in the Empire 8. The Cardinals (17-3, 10-1 Empire 8) outscored the Golden Flyers (14-6, 7-4 Empire 8) by ten in the fourth quarter.

In IIAC action Buena Vista beat Luther 81-71 to pull within a game of the first place Norse. Loras missed its chance to move into a tie for first when Dubuque knocked off the Duhawks 71-64.