January 5, 2008

Women's hoops romps in second-semester opener, 86-46, over Husson

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team shot a season-high 58 percent from the floor (34-59) as the Judges rolled over visiting Husson College, 86-46, in the second semester opener for both teams. This was the first-ever meeting between the Judges and Eagles.

Brandeis (8-2) raced out to a 46-25 lead at halftime as they connected on 18-of-29 shots from the field (62 percent), including three-of-six from beyond the arc. The Judges also hit all seven free throws in the first half. Husson (3-5) hit just 30 percent in the first (7-23), and stayed as close as they did by hitting 10 of their 12 free throws.

For the game, the hosts were paced by 14 points each from sophomore guard Jessica Chapin (Mendon, N.Y.) and junior forward Lauren Orlando (Peabody, Mass.). Chapin hit five-of-eight from the field with one of the team's three 3-pointers, and was three-of-four from the line. She also matched her career high with six steals. Orlando connected on five-of-seven from the floor and all four free throws. Junior forward Amanda Wells (Loudon, N.H.) came off the bench to score 10 points, one short of her season high. Junior forward Cassidy Dadaos (Healdsburg, Calif.) led the Judges with six rebounds, while senior guard Kiersten Holgash (Easton, Pa.) had a game-high four assists. In all, Brandeis converted 32 Husson turnovers into 40 points, while allowing just 17 points off 18 turnovers of their own.

Husson was paced by junior forward Shelby Bradford (Lee, Maine), who led the Eagles with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals. She hit three-of-11 from the field, but went eight-for-nine from the line. Four of her seven rebounds came on the offensive glass. Sophomore forward Lindsay Barnes (Owls Head, Maine) came off the bench to tally seven points, while junior guard Laura Archer (Ellsworth, Maine) had six points and matched Pickering with three steals.

Brandeis is next in action on Wednesday, when they take on Simmons College at home at 7 p.m. in their final regular-season non-conference contest. Husson plays host to the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday at 5:30 in the first game of a non-conference double-header.