PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Senior guard Jessica Chapin(Mendon, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) carried the day with a pair ofBrandeis women's basketball single-game records, scoring 36 pointsand hitting seven 3-pointers, as the Judges defeated CarnegieMellon, 59-50, in a University Athletic Association contest today.With the win, the Judges improve to 13-6 overall, 6-3 in the UAA,while the Tartans fall to 8-12, 1-8 UAA.
Chapin scored her record tally on 9-of-15 shooting overall,7-of-9 from beyond the arc and 11-of-13 from the line. She had 17points in the first half - including the team's first 11 - and 19 in the second, with 15 of the squad's final 16 - toaccountefor 61 percent of the team's scoring and nine of their 17field goals (52%). Chapin, who has had a 33- and 32-point game thisseason, broke the previous record of 34 points set by PamVaughan '90 that had stood for 20 years. Chapin also had ateam-high four steals. No other Brandeis player had more than sixpoints. Sophomore forward Shannon Hassan(Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) led the Judges with six rebounds, whilejunior guard Diana Cincotta (Plymouth, Mass./WestBoylston) led the squad with three assists.
Carnegie Mellon had two players score in double figures.Sophomore center Jennifer Larsen (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) led theTartans with 15 points, while rookie Brit Phillips (Parma,Ohio/\Normandy) added 10 and tied Chapin with four steals.Rookie forward Emily Peel (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central)came off the bench to lead CMU with 10 rebounds, including four onthe offensive glass.
The first half was a close affair that featured seven ties and10 lead changes. Chapin scored Brandeis's first 11 points,including three 3-pointers, as the Judges took an 11-8 lead justover four-and-a-half minutes into the contest. After a lengthyscoreless drought, sophomore guard Nicole Vaccarella (ColtsNeck, N.J./Colts Neck) drained a 3-pointer, sparking a 10-2 Tartanrun over the next five minutes that put the hosts ahead, 18-13,with 8:30 left in the stanza. Brandeis battled back to score fivein a row, a bomb from Cincotta and two KaseyGieschen (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) freethrows, that tied the game at 18-18. Neither team could pull away,and two Chapin freebies with 10 seconds left gave the Judges a28-26 halftime lead.
CMU scored the first bucket of the second half to tie the gameat 28-28 and hung around, staying even at 37-37 with just over 13minutes left in the contest. Two Hassan free throws and a nice postmove by rookie forward Shannon Ingram (Floral Park, N.Y./FloralPark Memorial) made it a two possession game at 41-37 with11:39 to go. CMU senior forward Rachelle Roll (Ostrander,Ohio/Buckeye Valley) converted a traditional three-point play with6:08 remaining to close the Tartans to within 43-41 when Chapintook over the contest again. She scored 15 straight Brandeis points- including 3-pointers on three-straight possessions - as the Judgedefense held the Tartans without a bucket for six minutes until ameaningless buzzer beater.
Brandeis is next in action on Friday evening at 6 p.m. when theytake on the University of Chicago in another home UAA contest.