February 3, 2008

Women's hoops escapes Emory, 70-66, behind 25 from Capra

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Senior guard Jaime Capra scored a game-high 25 points as she connected on 12-of-13 free throws, including 5-of-6 in the final two minutes as the Brandeis University women's basketball team (14-4, 5-2 UAA) rallied from a late deficit to defeat host Emory University, 70-66.

Capra hit on just six-of-19 from the field, but her 12 points from the line were key. She also had a game-high 9 rebounds and tied for team-high honors with 6 assists. Junior Lauren Orlando scored 13 points in just 13 minutes because of foul trouble, connecting on 5-of-9 from the field. Junior Cassidy Dadaos scored 12 to round out the double-figure scorers for the Judges. Senior Kiersten Holgash matched Capra with 6 assists, while sophomore guard Jessica Chapin had 4 steals.

Emory (9-9, 2-5 UAA) put four players in double figures as the Eagles' 66 points were the most allowed by Brandeis this season. Sophomore Whitney Martin led with 14 points off the bench, connecting on 6-of-10 from the floor. Junior guard Kate Corkle tallied 13, including two 3-pointers. Corkle and Martin tied for team-high honors with 7 rebounds, while Lillard had a team-high 3 assists. The Eagles outshot Brandeis from the floor, 43%-38%, but were done in at the free throw line, where the Judges owned an 86%-64% advantage.

Emory opened the game with a Corkle trifecta, but Brandeis answered with a 13-3 run behind eight early points by Dadaos. The Judges were ahead by as many as nine, 20-11, after a 3-ball from sophomore Carmela Breslin 6:30 into the game. The Eagles answered with seven straight, as Martin scored twice sandwiching a 3-pointer by junior Kendall Boyd to climb back into the game, 20-18, at the 11:14 mark Brandeis kept the hosts at bay, but were unable to pull away. Emory finally reclaimed the lead, 29-28, on a Martin put-back. Breslin connected again from downtown, as the Judges took a 35-33 lead into the break.

In the second, the Judges opened strong again. They outscored Emory, 15-6, over the first 5:38, taking a 50-39 lead on a Capra jumper. They maintained the double-digit margin for another five minutes, owning a 57-46 advantage on a Breslin put-back with 10:29 left to go. The Eagles' defense got them back in to the game at that point, allowing Brandeis just two field goals the rest of the way.

Over the next 6 minutes, Emory went on a 15-4 run. Turner had 7 points in the stretch, and a pair of Corkle free throws with 4:39 left tied the game 61-61. The Judges missed on their next possession and Emory senior Kristen Brown hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down to give the Eagles their first lead of the second half, 64-61.

After the teams missed the next three shots, a key exchange occurred. Orlando blocked a Corkle shot and grabbed the rebound. Capra was able to draw a foul with 1:58 left. After hitting two free throws, Capra was fouled while being boxed out on the second, giving her two more. The senior connected, giving Brandeis a four-point possession and a 65-64 lead. Emory missed on its first attempt to regain the lead, but got an offensive rebound. Chapin came to the rescue, collecting a steal with 1:36 left and feeding Orlando for a lay-up to give Brandeis a three-point cushion. Lillard answered for the Eagles with 0:56 on the clock, and Emory was able to get a stop. With 19 seconds on the clock, however, Chapin came up with another steal, and the Judges were able to win the game from the free throw line.