December 8, 2007

Women's hoops leads Williams wire-to-wire in 75-56 win

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team never trailed today as the Judges defeated visiting Williams College, 75-56, in Red Auerbach Arena. The win was the fifth in a row for the Judges, while snapping the Ephs' five-game win streak.

Brandeis (7-2) had 3-pointers by senior Jaime Capra (Old Bridge, N.J.) and sophomore Jessica Chapin (Mendon, N.Y.) on their first three possessions and never looked back. They established a 15-5 lead with less than six minute gone on a lay-up by senior Kiersten Holgash (Easton, Pa.). After Holgash connected from long range at 12:11 to give Brandeis a 20-10 lead, the Brandeis margin never fell below 10 points again. The lead reached as many as 24 in the first half as the Judges took a 45-24 lead into the locker room. The margin was 29 at 57-28 on another Capra trifecta 5:05 into the second and the hosts cruised from there to the 19-point victory.

Brandeis was paced 25 points from Capra, a season-high. She had 13 points in the first half and 12 after the break. Capra shot eight-of-17 from the field, including three-of-five from downtown, and six-of-seven from the line. She also set a career-high with six assists and grabbed five rebounds. Chapin finished with 16 points, nine in the second half. She shot six-of-12 from the field and four-of-six from beyond the arc and contributed six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Junior forward Lauren Orlando (Peabody, Mass.) had 13 points, 11 at halftime. Holgash and junior forward Cassidy Dadaos (Healdsburg, Calif.) each finished with eight points. Holgash matched Capra for game-high honors with six assists, while Dadaos finished with a season-high seven rebounds. For the game, the Judges shot 11-of-20 from 3-point range (55%) and had 20 assists on 26 baskets.

Williams (6-3) got a double-double performance from rookie forward Jessica Harris (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), who scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, including nine on the offensive glass.Harris hit six-of-10 from the field and three-of-five from the line. Junior Mika Peterson (Los Altos, Calif.) also tallied 15 points, hitting six-of-12 from the field with three of her team's five trifectas. Senior Niki Savageau (Marlborough, Mass.) led the Ephs with five assists and four steals. Williams shot just 35 percent from the field (21-60), though they won the battle for the boards, 39-38.

Brandeis has completed its first semester schedule and next takes the court on Jan. 9, 2008, against Simmons College. Williams will return to action at Lehman on December 29 at 12:00 p.m.