February 16, 2007

No. 14 women down Emory, 58-51

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The No. 14-ranked Brandeis University women's basketball team used a fine defensive performance, holding Emory University to just 27 percent shooting and outrebounding the Eagles by 20 to pick up a 58-51 victory in University Athletic Association (UAA) action tonight.

Brandeis (18-4, 8-4 UAA) put just two player in double figures. Junior guard Jaime Capra (Old Bridge, N.J.) had 12 points on five-of-10 from the field with a pair of free throws, while classmate and back-court mate Kiersten Holgash (Easton, Pa.) scored a season-high 11 points on a perfect shooting night. Holgash was two-of-two from the floor with a trifecta and hit all six free throws. All her scoring came in the second half.

The Judges also got a couple of fine stat lines from their front court. Sophomore Cassidy Dadaos (Healdsburg, Calif.) came off the bench to score nine points, grab eight rebounds and establish season-highs with five assists and two blocks. Senior Caitlin Malcolm (Windsor Locks, Conn.) had a game-high nine rebounds, seven points, five assists and three steals. The Judges shot 43 percent from the floor (22-51) while holding Emory to 27 percent (14-52) and owned a 48-28 edge on the glass.

Emory (9-14, 3-9 UAA) was paced by sophomore guard Erica Kaplan (Commack, N.Y.), who led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Kaplan hit eight-of-15 from the field with three 3-pointers, and six-of-eight from the line. Unfortunately for the host Eagles, no other player had more than eight points, four rebounds or two assists. Emory was able to win the turnover battle, 25-14, and outscore the Judges from the charity stripe, 20-12, to keep the game close.

As has been typical of recent Brandeis games, this one started out sluggish, as neither team scored for the first four minutes. The Judges missed their first five shots and committed five turnovers in that span, but once senior Alison Chase (Farmington, Conn.) opened the scoring at the 15:47 mark, the Judges went on a 12-2 run and never looked back. Emory's offense was equally lost at the start, missing their first seven shots and committing four giveaways before finding the bottom of the net six minutes in. After the opening run, the Eagles didn' t get any closer than eight points in the first half. The advantage was 17 points with 4:27 on the clock when Emory was able to take advantage of late Brandeis turnovers and missed free throws to get within five points with 24 seconds left on the clock, but Holgash's last two free throws iced the contest.