Emory women catch fire late to pull away from Brandeis, 73-65

Emory women catch fire late to pull away from Brandeis, 73-65

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Emory University women's basketball teamscored 12 points in just over two minutes on four-straight3-pointers, turning an eight-point deficit into a four-point leadas the visiting Eagles stunned the host Brandeis University Judges,75-65, in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest in RedAuerbach Arena today. With the win, Emory improves to 9-7, 2-3 inthe UAA, while Brandeis falls to 9-6, 2-3 UAA.

Brandeis led by as many as 13 points in the second half and wereahead, 57-48, after a jumper by sophomore guard MorganKendrew (Cotuit, Mass./Barnstable) jumper with 5:43 leftin the contest. After Emory called a 30-second timeout, rookiecenter Danielle Landry (Vienna, Va./James Madison) hit a lay-up.Judge junior forward Amber Strodthoff (DePere,Wisc./DePere) hit one-of-two free throws on the next possession toput the lead at 58-50.

Emory put on their big push at that point, holding Brandeisscoreless over the next 3:59 while finding their own range fromdowntown. Junior guard Courtney Von Stein (Trafalgar, Ind./IndianCreek) connected on the Eagles' next two possessions, trimming thedeficit to two. With full-court pressure on, Von Stein got a stealand fed sophomore Sally Peterson (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun), who hitfrom the corner to give EU the lead for good, 59-58, with 3:14 onthe clock. Senior Keenan Whitesides (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover)added a trifecta after another Brandeis miscue to give the Eagles afour-point lead. Emory pulled away by hitting 11-of-13 from theline over the final two minutes, as the Judges were only able tohit one late 3-pointer as their only field goal over the finalfive-plus minutes. Brandeis missed eight of their final nine shotsand committed four turnovers in the late-going.

The Judges were paced by Kendrew, who finished with acareer-high 19 points. She scored 12 in the first half as Brandeisestablished a 35-24 lead at the break. Kendrew also matched hercareer-high with eight rebounds. Senior guard LaurenRashford (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) provided 15 pointsoff the bench, a season-high. Strodhoff led all players with 11rebounds and had three assists to pace the Judges.

Emory was led by Von Stein, who finished with 18 points, eightcoming in the final five-minute stretch. She hit five-of-sevenoverall, including five-of-six from behind the arc, andthree-of-four from the line. Whitesides finished with 16 points anda team-high seven rebounds, while sophomore Becca Feldman (NorthPotomac, Md./Wooton) and senior Whitney Martin (Barrington,Ill./Barrington) had 11 each. Three Emory players tied forgame-high honors with three assists each. After struggling to findtheir range in the first half, shooting 28 percent overall (9-32)and 36 percent from downtown (4-11), the Eagles connected on 52percent from the floor (15-29) and 64 percent from range (7-11) inthe second stanza.

Brandeis is back in action next Friday evening with another UAAcontest against Case Western Reserve University at 6 p.m., whilethe Eagles host Chicago at the same time.