CHICAGO, Ill - Despite a career-high 16 points from junior guardDiana Cincotta (Plymouth, Mass./W. Boylston) theBrandeis University women's basketball team suffered itssecond-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) road loss,74-61, at the hands of the University of Chicago Maroons. With theloss, the Judges fall to 8-5, 1-2 in the UAA, while Chicagoimproves to 10-4, 2-1 UAA.
The Judges opened quickly, taking a 10-6 lead with just overthree minutes elapsed as Cincotta scored eight of the team's first10 points. Chicago responded with a 13-4 run over the next sevenminutes, going ahead19-14 on a Dana Kaplan 3-pointer. Brandeissophomore Morgan Kendrew (Cotuit,Mass./Barnstable) answered with a trifecta of her own, followed bya lay-up that knotted the game, 19-19, with 9:25 on the clock. Thegame was still close with the Judges trailing by one, 29-28, aftera pair of Kasey Gieschen (Boonton Township,N.J./Mountain Lakes) free throws at the 4:19 mark. Unfortunately,Brandeis missed its last six shots of the first half. Combined witha 4-of-6 performance by the Maroons, capped by a Molly Hackney longball with 36 seconds left, the visitors trailed, 38-28, at thehalf. Cincotta had 11 points and Kendrew nine for the Judges at thebreak, but Taylor Simpson had 10 points and nine rebounds off thebench for UC, while Hackney had nine points. Chicago shot 48percent (15-31) in the first half while holding the Judges to 26percent (8-31).
The Judges rallied in the early stages of the second half thanksto some pressure defense. After Kendrew opened the stanza with abucket and Jamie Stinson answered from downtown to give the Maroonsan 11-point lead at 41-30, Brandeis embarked on a 16-4 run over aspan of just over six minutes. Scoring was distributed among sixdifferent players. Cincotta sparked the run with a trifecta, whilejunior Mia DePalo (Rumson, N.J./Red Bank Catholic)connected from beyond the arc at the 12:48 mark to give the Judgesa 46-45 lead. Brandeis forced five turnovers in the stretch andheld Chicago to 2-for-7 shooting.
Brandeis had two opportunities to extend the lead, but came upshort. Hackney responded with her second 3-ball of the game at the11:30 mark to spark the Maroons to nine unanswered points over thenext 2:15. With a 54-46 edge, UC was able to keep Brandeis at baythe rest of the way, leading by double figures for the game's final7:35.
Cincotta led the Judges with her career-best 16 points, whileKendrew finished with 15. DePalo also had a pair of career-highsoff the bench, scoring nine points and grabbing a team-high sevenrebounds. Senior Jessica Chapin (Mendon,N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), despite a tough day shooting the ball,finished with a game-high six assists.
Hackney led all scorers with 20 points, 11 coming after thebreak. Stinson finished with 13 and a team-best four assists, whileHerrick had 12 points. Taylor Simpson grabbed one second-halfrebound to finish with a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards.The Maroons outrebounded Brandeis, 47-32, including a 13-7 edge onthe offensive glass that translated into a 12-0 margin insecond-chance points.
Brandeis returns to action on Friday night at 6 p.m. with theirUAA home opener against the University of Rochester Yellowjackets.