November 24, 2009

Chapin moves in to career scoring top-10 in 64-52 win at Wellesley

WELLESLEY, Mass. (courtesy Wellesley College sports information) -- The visiting Brandeis Judges held off a furious second comeback from Wellesley College tonight to down the Blue, 64-52, at Keohane Sports Center. The win lifts the ninth-ranked Judges to 5-0 while Wellesley drops to 1-3.

The Blue got on the board first with a baseline drive from Becca Kimball (Weston, Mass), but Brandeis tied the score with a steal and layup from senior guard Jessica Chapin (Mendon, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima). The Judges quickly built a five-point edge with back-to-back buckets from sophomore goard Morgan Kendrew (Cotuit, Mass./Barnstable), including a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Wellesley answered with two from Ashleigh Sargent (Bedford, Mass.), but the Judges surged ahead with four straight points for an 11-4 lead at the 12:46 mark.

Wellesley's Robyn Burleson (Seattle, Wash.) trimmed the lead with a trey with 9:56 remaining, but that was as close as the hosts would get in the first period. The Judges held the Blue scoreless for the next seven minutes while building a 31-7 lead, a run that included 3-pointers from Chapin and senior guard Carmela Breslin (McKees Rocks, Pa./Oakland Catholic) and fastbreak buckets from Chapin, Kendrew, and sophomore forward Brighid Courtney (Southampton, Mass./Northampton). Kimball broke the ice for the Blue with a freethrow at the 2:40 mark, and the Blue managed six more points in the closing minutes, including two jumpers from Judine St. Gerard (Milton, Mass.), but Brandeis went to the lockerroom with a 36-14 advantage.

The teams traded baskets in the opening minutes of the second period, until a four-point run gave the Judges a 44-18 lead with 15:03 remaining. Wellesley responded with a 10-4 run, including a three-pointer from Laura Barrett (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.), before Brandeis surged ahead again, courtesy of another trey from Breslin, to take a 53-30 lead. But Wellesley, who outscored Brandeis 38-28 in the second half, went on a 14-3 run over the next three minutes, cutting the Judges' lead to 56-44 with 6:00 minutes remaining. And a leaning jumper from Wellesley's Sargent brought the Blue to within 10 with 4:05 left.

With 1:42 left on the clock, two freethrows from Katie Martore (Great Fall, Va.) put the score at 57-49, but Chapin drained a three-pointer at 1:02 to push the lead back to double-digits. Chapin followed with two free throws 20 seconds later to put the game out of reach, as the Judges held on for the 64-52 win.

Brandeis was led by Chapin, whose 18 points give her a career total of 971, moving her into the top ten scorers in Brandeis history. Kendrew added a career-high 17 points and Breslin chipped in 12.

Kimball led the Blue with 17 points as Sargent hit a career-high 12 points while grabbing eight boards. Barrett, Burleson, and Malia Maier (Torrance, Calif.) added five points each in the loss.

After a brief Thanksgiving break, the Judges return to action on Sunday, November 29, at 1:00pm when they host Tufts University in a key non-conference matchup. The Blue take the court on Monday, Nov. 30, at 7:00pm, when they host Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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