January 6, 2009

No. 5 women rout RIC, 77-47, in final non-conference game

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (taken from an RIC release) -- Senior Cassidy Dadaos (Healdsburg, Calif./Healdsburg) had 12 points and junior Carmela Breslin (McKees Rocks, Pa./Oakland Catholic) added 11 as the Brandeis women's basketball team, ranked No. 5 in the nation, defeated host Rhode Island College, 77-47, in the Judges' final regular-season non-conference contest. With the win, Brandeis improves to 10-0 headed into their University Athletic Association (UAA) opener on Friday at 6 p.m. against top-ranked and unbeaten Rochester, who defeated Scranton, 49-38, this evening.

The Judges opened the game with an 8-0 spurt, led by back-to-back conventional three-point plays by Dadaos and junior backcourt mate Jessica Chapin (Mendon, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima).

The Anchorwomen (4-7) bounced back with an 8-2 run of their own, paced by two Stephanie Coro 3-pointers. The comeback was short-lived, however, as the Judges erupted for a 20-1 run to build a 30-9 advantage with just under four minutes left in the first half. RIC built some momentum to cut the deficit to 34-18 at the break. RIC shot just 21.7 percent (5-for-23) and turned the ball over 17 times in the first 20 minutes.

Brandeis did not allow the Anchorwomen to get any closer than 17 points over the final half. Each of the Judges' 14 players who saw action in the game scored at least two points as Brandeis' bench held a 37-13 scoring advantage. In addition to her 12 points, Dadaos led the club with a team-high six boards, three assists and a block. Breslin scored all of her 11 points in the second half.

In addition to Coro, who tallied a game- and career-high 23 points, RIC junior forward Cassi Malec (Gloucester, R.I.) and classmate guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, Conn.) chipped in with nine and eight points, respectively. Freshman forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, R.I.) matched her season-high with 10 rebounds. The Anchorwomen held an advantage on the glass, outrebounding Brandeis, 40-36.

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