January 11, 2006

Women's hoops runs past MIT, 67-48

WALTHAM, Mass. – Four Brandeis University players scored in double figures tonight as the Judges, ranked No. 2 in the nation by d3hoops.com, won their 10th straight game to start the season and 13th in a row overall, 67-48, over MIT in Auerbach Arena.

Brandeis (10-0) was paced by senior Christine Clancy (Yarmouth, Maine), whose game- and season-high 17 points included an 11-for-13 performance from the free throw line to go with three-of-seven from the floor. The Judges also got career-highs from rookie forward Amanda Wells (Loudon, N.H.), who recorded a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Also reaching double figures for Brandeis were rookie Lauren Orlando (Peabody, Mass.), who scored 14 points on six-of-eight shooting from the field in her first career start, and classmate Lauren Goyette (Dartmouth, Mass.), who also posted a career-high with 10 points. Brandeis senior guard Amanda DeMartino (Toms River, N.J.) led al, players with four assists.

MIT (3-6), who dropped their third straight contest, put two players in double figures. Rookie Clara Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) paced the Engineers with 11 points, hitting three-of-six 3-pointers, but missed six of her seven shots inside the arc. Senior guard Karen Kinnaman (Woodstock, N.Y.) had 10 points, hitting five-of-10 shots on the evening. Junior Cherelle Walls (Memphis, Tenn.) and rookie Samantha O'Keefe (Carlisle, Mass.) tied for team-high honors with six rebounds each.

Brandeis never trailed in the game, scoring the first six points and opening up a 20-8 just under eight minutes into the contest. After the Engineers scored the next basket, they never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way. Brandeis shot 43 percent (22-51) to MIT's 31 percent (21-68). The Judges also outrebounded the visitors, 46-38, and outscored them by a 21-2 margin from the free-throw line, offsetting the fact that they lost the turnover battle, 17-16.

Brandeis is next in action on Saturday when they travel to NYU to take on the 20th-ranked Violets in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest at 2:00 p.m., while MIT travels to Worcester to take on WPI in a NEWMAC showdown at the same time.
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