February 15, 2008

Women's hoops downs No. 13 Rochester, 71-64, as Capra moves in to third on career scoring list

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University senior captain Jaime Capra (Old Bridge, N.J.) tied for game-high honors with 19 points, moving into third place on the Judges' all-time scoring list in the process, as the Judges upset the No. 13-ranked University of Rochester Yellowjackets, 71-64, in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest in Red Auerbach Arena tonight. Brandeis (16-5, 7-3 UAA) moved into a tie with Rochester (17-4, 7-3 UAA) and Chicago in second place in the UAA with the victory, one game behind Washington University.

Capra scored 15 of her points in the second half, including 10 in the final 4:34 of action. She connected on six-of-14 from the field, one-of-two from 3-point range, and six-of-nine from the line. She also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Capra now has 1,295 points for her career, as she moved past Danielle Fitzpatrick '04 and Pam Vaughan '90 into third place on Brandeis's scoring roll.

Sophomore guard Jessica Chapin (Mendon, N.Y.) tied Capra for game-high high honors with 19 points, as she connected on five-of-seven 3-pointers on the night. Chapin also had a game-high four steals. Junior forward Lauren Orlando (Peabody, Mass.) also reached double figures with 14 points. Senior guard Kiersten Holgash (Easton, Pa.) led the Judges with four assists. Brandeis outrebounded the visitors, 36-30, and outscored them 21-12, from the free-throw line. The 71 points scored by the Judges was the highest total Rochester has allowed this season.

Rochester was paced off the bench by rookie Melissa Alwardt (Greece, N.Y.), who had 15 points, all in the second half. She connected on four-of-12 from the field, two-of-six from long range and hit all five foul shots. Senior reserve Jessica Waddell (Williamstown, N.J.) also had a strong night off the bench, scoring 12 points, while junior Julie Marriott (Fairport, N.Y.) was the only Yellowjacket starter in double figures with 10 points, as Brandeis's first five outscored Rochester's, 57-26.

Brandeis started the game on a 16-6 run over the first five minutes, with a seven-point burst in less than a minute blowing open a 9-6 lead. Rochester answered with an 18-4 run of their own, reclaiming the lead on a Helen Baroody jumper (Cazenovia, N.Y.) with 8:39 left and going ahead, 24-20, on a Marriott lay-in with 6:22 left in the first.
The Judges responded by closing the half on a 12-3 run, including seven straight points from rookie forward Amber Strodthoff (DePere, Wisc.), followed by five in a row from Chapin. A Rachel Stern trifecta with 30 seconds left cut Brandeis's halftime lead to 32-27. Chapin led all players at the break with 11 points.

Momentum stayed with the Judges in the second half, as they opened with a Capra trifeca that sparked a 13-5 run with 12:40 left in the contest. The lead was as large as 15 points with 8:40 remaining following an Orlando lay-up, but UR wouldn't go away. The Yellowjackets scored 20 of the next 27 points, climbing within two after junior Marlena Fisher (Derry, N.H.) started and finished a fast-break with a steal and a lay-up with 1:50 remaining that trimmed the deficit to 63-61. Capra answered with a jumper as the shot clock wound under 10 to put the lead back to four, and the Judges got stops and hit their free throws to finished with the seven-point victory, 71-64.