January 29, 2006

No. 12 Brandeis women down Emory, 75-57

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team, ranked No. 12 in the nation by d3hoops.com, shot a season-high 55 percent from the floor (28-51), placing three starters in double figures as the Judges defeated the visiting Emory University Eagles, 75-57, in University Athletic Association action.

Brandeis (14-2, 5-2 UAA) fell behind early, 7-4, but the Judges answered with a 19-4 streak over a stretch of eight minutes that gave them a comfortable 23-11 lead on a lay-up by rookie forward Lauren Orlando (Peabody, Mass.) with 9:29 left in the first half. The Eagles got within eight points at 25-17 on consecutive 3-pointers by rookie guard Erica Kaplan (Commack, N.Y.), but the hosts closed the first half on a 13-5 run and never looked back.

The Judges were led once again by junior forward Caitlin Malcolm (Windsor Locks, Conn.), who had 17 points to tie for game-high honors. Malcolm hit six-of-10 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, and was four-of-six from the free-throw line. She also polled down five rebounds and had a game-high three steals. Senior center Christine Clancy (Yarmouth, Maine) and sophomore guard Jaime Capra (Old Bridge, N.J.) both scored 13 points for Brandeis. Clancy led all players with six rebounds, while Capra tied with junior guard Alison Chase (Farmington, Conn.) to lead the Judges with five assists. Brandeis owned a 35-25 rebounding advantage and outscored the Eagles, 11-3, from the charity stripe.

Emory (12-6, 2-5 UAA) was unable to keep up momentum after its Friday win over No. 9 NYU despite 17 points and a team-high five rebounds rookie forward Lora Turner (Florence, Ala.). Turner hit eight-of-10 shots from the floor and her only free-throw. Kaplan was the only other Eagle player in double figures with 10 points. Senior forward Lynn Oberschmidt (Cincinnati, Ohio) led all players with six assists.

Brandeis and Emory will meet again in the next contest for both teams in Atlanta next Friday evening at 6:00 p.m.

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