The eighth-seeded Judges cut a 10-point deficit to one with under two minutes to go, but could not quite get over the hump over #4 seed Smith. Kasey Dean had 15 points and Janelle Rodriguez added 13, including eight in a three-minute span late in the contest.
The Judges were down nine early in the second half, but scored 16 unanswered points to take control. Senior Nicolina Vitale notched her third double-double of the season with 12 points and career-high 14 rebounds.
For the first time since 2009, the Brandeis women's basketball team has advanced to the postseason. The Judges, seeded eighth in the ECAC tournament, will head to top-seeded Emmanuel on Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m.
Samantha Mancinelli was one of three Judges to score in double figures with a career-high 13 points. Brandeis improved to 13-11 and will post a record above .500 for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Kasey Dean connected on 7-of-12 from the field an 6-of-8 from the line, but it wasn't enough to get the Judges over the hump of hot UC outside shooting. The Maroons connected on 11-of-23 from downtown.
Despite an incredible defensive performance that saw the Bears put up season lows in points, made field goals, and field goal percentage, the Judges saw their six game winning streak snapped at Red Auerbach Arena
The Judges moved over .500 for the first time in a month with their third win in a row, 63-58, over Case. Paris Hodges scored all of her career-high 14 points in the second half as the Judges overcame a six-point deficit.
Despite 12 points off the bench from sophomore Samantha Mancinelli and senior Julia Scanlon - both career-highs - the Judges couldn't offset a 37-16 disparity from the free-throw line in a loss to the Maroons.
The Judges got eight points, six boards and five assists from Kasey Dean, while Nicolina Vitale had a game-high 14 points and Janelle Rodriguez added 10, but it wasn't enough to counter 25 from the Bantams' Hannah Brickley.
The Judges never trailed against the Sharks, opening the game on a 20-4 run and never looking back. Nicolina Vitale had 12 points and a career-high four assists, while rookie Maria Jackson grabbed 11 rebounds.
With a balanced attack - eight players with between six and 10 points - and terrific rebounding - 61-26 edge on the glass, the Judges dominated the Wildcats. Janelle Rodriguez's 10 points made her the only player in double figures.