Balanced attack leads No. 12 women past Wheaton, 69-54

NORTON, Mass (courtesy Wheaton sports information) - Three different members of the Brandeis women's basketball team scored in double figures and another three grabbed at least seven rebounds as the 12th-ranked Judges defeated Wheaton College, 69-54 in non-conference action Thursday night in Emerson Gymnasium. The Judges improved to 7-0 with their 10th straight win over the Lyons, while Wheaton fell to 4-3.
Three lead swings and a pair of ties took place by 12:42 of the opening half, with junior Jessica Chapin (Mendon, NY/Honeoye Falls-Lima) scoring six straight points to give the Judges a 17-15 edge and spark an 11-0 run.  Brandeis connected on eight of its first 10 shots for a 20-15 lead at 11:19.  The visitors held a 12-4 rebounding edge while taking a 25-20 edge on another Chapin basket at 5:57. 
Wheaton crept to within 25-23 on a traditional three-point play from freshman Shelby Pelkey (Chelsea, ME/Cony) before the Judges scored eight straight over 1:46, and Brandeis carried a 35-27 edge into the break.  Chapin led all scorers with 13 points at the half, as the Judges made 53.8 percent of their baskets while outrebounding the hosts by a 22-9 margin.  Senior Krystin Hickey (Manchester, NH/New Hampton School) paced the Lyons with 10.
Hickey's jumper at 14:22 of the second half brought Wheaton to within seven at 44-37, but four Brandeis players scored a bucket apiece during an 8-1 run, which provided the Judges with a 52-38 advantage with 10:33 to go.  Brandeis pushed its lead out to 15 at 56-41 with 7:48 on the clock before the Lyons scored 11 of the next 15 points to get within 60-52 at 4:33, but Judge senior Cassidy Dadaos (Healdsburg, CA/Healdsburg) went on a personal 7-2 run during a 3:18 stretch to ice the victory.

Chapin and senior Lauren Orlando (Peabody, MA/Peabody) posted 15 points apiece, and Chapin pulled down seven rebounds with three steals.  Dadaos accounted for 11 points and eight boards, while junior Lauren Rashford (Whitesboro, NY/Whitesboro) had eight points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Hickey finished with a game-best 17 points, junior Jenny Champney (Bedford, MA/Bedford) turned in 10 points and eight rebounds, while senior Jennie Pleat (Nashua, NH/Nashua South) added seven points and four assists.