Women's hoops mauls WNEC, 63-38

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team scored 29 points off 25 Western New England College turnovers as the Judges never trailed en route to a 63-38 victory over the Golden Bears in Auerbach Arena today. Brandeis, ranked No. 4 in the nation by d3hoops.com and No. 8 by the WBCA, closes out its second-straight perfect fall semester with the win.

Brandeis (6-0) opened the game by holding Western New England (5-3) without a field goal over the first six minutes, scoring the first 12 points of the contest. The Judges held the visitors to just five-of-22 shooting (22.7%) in the first half, while forcing 13 turnovers before the break to take a 29-12 lead into the locker room. Four different Brandeis players had more than five points in the first half, while no WNEC player scored more than four points. The Judges opened the second half with an 11-2 run over the first 3:49 to open a 40-14 lead and were never challenged again.

Junior forward Caitlin Malcolm (Windsor Locks, Conn.) led all players with 18 points, hitting five-of-13 from the floor, including her only 3-point try, and all seven free throws. She also topped the Judges with seven rebounds and had a game-high five steals. Senior center Christine Clancy (Yarmouth, Maine) had 15 points on six-of-10 from the floor with a trifecta and a pair of free throws. She also grabbed six boards, second on the squad. Sophomore guard Jaime Capra (Old Bridge, N.J.) rounded out the double-figure scorers for Brandeis with 10 points, while senior guard Amanda DeMartino (Toms River, N.J.) had a game- and season-high nine assists. The Brandeis front-court players outscored WNEC, 37-17.

WNEC was paced by a double-double from junior forward Vicky Taylor (Feeding Hills, Mass.), who had 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds (four offensive). Sophomore guard Jennifer Dabrowski (Plainville, Conn.) scored six points, while junior forward Sharon Simoncelli (Litchfield, Conn.) added six rebounds.

Both teams are off until January, when the Judges open at Endicott College on Jan. 3, while WNEC hosts Westfield State College on Jan. 5.