February 18, 2007

Balanced attack leads No. 14 women's hoops past Case, 74-61

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three players scored in double figures and two more had nine points today as the Brandeis University women's basketball team defeated Case Western Reserve University, 74-61, in University Athletic Association (UAA) action today.

Brandeis (19-4, 9-4 UAA) was paced by 12 points from sophomore forward Lauren Orlando (Peabody, Mass.), who hit five-of-eight from the field with a 3-pointer and a free throw. Junior Jaime Capra (Old Bridge, N.J.) added 11 points on four-of-10 with a trifecta, while rookie Jessica Chapin (Mendon, N.Y.) had 11 off the bench and dished a team-high five assists. Chapin doubled the output of the Spartan reserves, as Brandeis outscored Case, 28-5, in bench points. Senior Alison Chase (Farmington, Conn.) had nine points, all in the first half, while seven of classmate Caitlin Malcolm's (Windsor Locks, Conn.) nine came in the second. Sophomore reserve forward Cassidy Dadaos (Healdsburg, Calif.) led all players with eight rebounds. Brandeis shot 49 percent from the field (26-53), including 57 percent from 3-point range (8-14), with six different players connecting from beyond the arc.

Case (9-15, 1-12 UAA) got 17 points apiece from rookie Ashleigh Tondo (McDonald, Ohio) and senior Dana Dempsey (Brooklyn, Ohio). Tondo was six-of-nine from the floor, hitting all four of her 3-point attempts, while Dempsey was six-for-12 overall and three-of-seven from distance. Tondo had a fine all-around performance, also contributing six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. Case shot 40 percent from the field (23-58) and 42 percent from 3-point range (8-19), but the Spartans were hurt by 43 percent from the free-throw line (7-16).

The Spartans got off to a hot start, scoring the first seven points of the contest, with Dempsey kicking things off with a trifecta five seconds in. Brandeis went on a 12-4 run to take the lead, but Dempsey hit on the ensuing possession to give the hosts a 13-12 advantage with 13:11 on the clock. Chase answered with her second 3-pointer of the game and the Judges never trailed again. They were ahead by as many as 14 points in the first half before Case closed to within six before junior Kiersten Holgash (Easton, Pa.) scored at the buzzer to give the Judges a 36-28 lead at the intermission. Case got within seven a couple of times early in the second half and were within nine with just under eight minutes to go, but the lead never got within double figures after that.

Brandeis closes out its regular season next weekend at archrival New York University Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Judges will look to avenge a 59-53 loss to the Violets earlier this season and clinch a fourth-straight 20-win season.