January 27, 2008

Brandeis women shut down WashU, 66-48

WALTHAM, Mass. – Four Brandeis University women's basketball starters scored in double figures today as the host Judges defeated visiting Washington (Mo.) University, 66-48, in a University Athletic Association (UAA) match-up in Red Auerbach Arena today. Brandeis outscored the Bears, 43-23, in the second half en route to their first home win against WashU since 1997.

Brandeis (12-4, 3-2 UAA) got the second double-double performance of the season from senior Jaime Capra (Old Bridge, N.J.), who tied for game-high honors with 14 points and led all players with a career-best 15 rebounds. After a tough first half in which she missed all five field-goal attempts and four of her six free throws, Capra rebounded to hit two-of-six from the field and nine-of-10 from the line for 12 second-half points. Sophomore guard Jessica Chapin (Mendon, N.Y.) matched Capra with 14 points, nine coming in the second half. Junior forward Lauren Orlando (Peabody, Mass.) scored 11 of her 13 points after the break, while classmate Cassidy Dadaos (Healdsburg, Calif.) tallied 10 points and led all players with a career-best six assists. In their big second half, Brandeis outshot Washington, 48 percent to 24 percent, connected on 78 percent from the line, and outrebounded the Bears, 28-15.

Washington (12-4, 4-1) suffered its first UAA loss of the season after shooting a season-low 25 percent from the floor for the game (17-67) and scored a season-low 48 points. The Bears entered the game averaging 70.8 points per game. WashU was paced by 12 points off the bench by junior guard Halsey Ward (Little Rock, Ark.), while classmate Jill Brandt (St. Louis, Mo.) had 11, 10 of which came in the second half. Rookie forward Kathryn Berger (Livonia, Mich.) led the Bears with 11 rebounds.

The game got off to a rocky start for the Judges, as WashU took a 17-6 lead after 11 minutes were gone thanks to a pair of Shanna-Lei Dacanay (Honolulu, Hawaii) free throws. The Judges answered by scoring 15 of the next 17, taking their first lead of the contest on a Dadaos trifecta with 3:21 left in the half. Berger answered with a traditional three-point play to put the visitors back on top, and sophomore Zoe Unruh's (San Francisco, Calif.) bucket with 46 second left gave the Bears a 25-23 lead headed into the locker room. WashU sophomore Janice Evans (Bolingbrook, Ill.) led all players with eight first-half points, though the Judges held her off the board the rest of the way.

After Brandeis took a brief 29-27 lead on an Orlando lay-up with 16:39 left, WashU answered with a 9-2 run over the next three minutes. The Bears went ahead, 36-31, on a pair of Ward free throws with 13:39 left. The Judges then scored 15 unanswered points over the next five minutes, seven coming from Chapin and another four by sophomore Lauren Rashford (Whitesboro, N.Y.), to take a 46-36 lead. Brandeis continued its tough defense to win the contest going away, as their 18-point final margin of victory was the largest lead of the game.