No. 9 women's hoops stifles WPI in second half en route to 66-32 win

No. 9 women's hoops stifles WPI in second half en route to 66-32 win

Worcester, MA (courtesy WPI sports information) --- Jessica Chapin (Mendon, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) and Kasey Gieschen (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) each tallied 12 points to lift nationally-ranked Brandeis to a 66-32 victory over host WPI in non-conference women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon.  The contest was the season opener for both squads.

The Judges, ranked ninth in the preseason Top 25, used an 15-0 run to jump to a 19 point advantage (25-6) midway through the opening stanza.  The Engineers battled back and sliced the advantage to seven at 31-24 before Diana Cincotta (Plymouth, Mass./West Boylston) drained a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left in the half to give the visitors a ten point halftime cushion.  

In the second half, an already stingy Brandeis defense stiffened, holding WPI without a field goal for a 14:41 span, highlighting a 23-2 spurt.  For the game, the Judges limited the Engineers to 24.5% shooting from the floor and just 13.3% from 3-point land. 

Cincotta netted all 11 of her points in the first half while Morgan Kendrew (Cotuit, Mass./Barnstable)  totaled 10.  The duo sparked a Brandeis effort off the bench that saw the Judges reserves outscore their WPI counterparts by a 38-5 margin. Gieschen, who recorded career highs in scoring and rebounding, led all players with eight caroms, while Chapin swiped a game-best four steals.    

Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) paced the WPI attack with a game-high 13 points, including both of the Crimson and Gray's 3-pointers.  Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA) filled the stat sheet with six points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal.  Charlotte McDonnell (Swansea, MA) joined Fontaine and Kuhn with a team-high four rebounds.     

WPI is off until Friday at 5:30pm when they take on Nichols in the opening round of the Worcester City Tournament.  The matchup will be a rematch of last season's ECAC championship game won by WPI.  Brandeis will conclude a brief two-game season-opening road trip on Tuesday with a 7pm contest at Babson.