No. 9 women suffer first loss, 60-50, to Tufts

No. 9 women suffer first loss, 60-50, to Tufts

WALTHAM, Mass. - Three different Tufts University startersrecorded double-double performances today and the visiting Jumbossnapped the 15-game regular-season non-conference winning streak ofthe Brandeis University women's basketball team with a 60-50victory in Red Auerbach Arena. With their first loss of the season,the Judges, ranked ninth in Division III, fall to 5-1, while Tuftsimproves to 3-1 on the campaign.

The Jumbos were paced by their starting frontcourt, whichoutscored Brandeis's by a 32-8 margin and outrebounded them, 26-13.Senior Julia Baily (Farmington, Conn./Miss Porter's School) led allplayers with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while sophomore KateBarnosky (Huntington Station, N.Y./Whitman) added 12 points and 11boards. Junior guard Colleen Hart (Needham, Mass./Needham) also hada double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while playing all 40minutes. The Jumbos were also able to take care of the ball,committing just nine turnovers while forcing 21 and turning thatinto a 21-0 advantage in points off miscues.

Brandeis was paced by senior guard JessicaChapin (Mendon, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), who fell onerebound shy of a double-double of her own with 13 points and ninecaroms, both team-highs. Junior guard DianaCincotta (Plymouth, Mass./W. Boylston) added 11 points ofthe bench, but no other Brandeis player was able to score more thansix. The Judges had a deep bench, outscoring Tufts reserves, 23-0,but the hosts were unable to overcome 30.6 percent shooting(19-62), despite holding the Jumbos to 30 percent (21-70),including just one-of-19 on 3-pointers. The loss was Brandeis'sfirst to a non-conference foe in the regular season since fallingto the Jumbos at home on Nov. 25, 2007.

Tufts never trailed in the game, scoring the first two buckets.They led by as many as seven points on two occasions in the firsthalf, but two late free throws by the Judges' AmberStrodthoff (DePere, Wisc./DePere) cut the lead to five atthe break, 28-23, Baily had eight points and seven boards in thefirst half, while Cincotta had eight of her 11 before intermission.

A mini run by Brandeis to start the second half got the deficitto three points at 30-27 on a Morgan Kendrew(Cotuit, Mass./Barnstable) lay-up just over three-and-a-halfminutes in. The Judges got a stop on the next possession, butKendrew's 3-point shot to tie the game was off the mark. Barnoskyanswered with a trifecta of her own for a six-point swing and givemomentum back to the Jumbos, who embarked on a 12-2 run over thenext four minutes to take a 42-29 lead. Still trailing by 11 at49-38 with 4:47 left after two Hart free throws, Brandeis scoredeight of the game's next 10 points. They clawed to within 51-46 onLauren Rashford's (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro)trifecta with 1:03 remaining, but Tufts converted eight straightfoul shots to salt the game away.

Brandeis is next in action on Tuesday evening at EmmanuelCollege at 7 p.m., while Tufts plays their home opener againstSalem State at the same time.