Brandeis women's hoops can't fend off Johnson and Wales, 71-65

Brandeis women's hoops can't fend off Johnson and Wales, 71-65

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Brandeis women's basketball junior guard Paris Hodges (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) scored a career-high 19 points, but it wasn't enough for the Judges to overcome host Johnson and Wales, 71-65. The Judges fall to 4-3, while the Wildcats' best ever start to a season continues at 5-0.

Hodges tallied a game-high 19 points on 5-of-10 from the field and a career-best 9-of-9 from the line. Classmate Sydney Sodine (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) added 15 points on 7-of-9 from the field, while junior center Maria Jackson (Rochester, N.Y./Hilton) was one field-goal short of a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds - seven of which came on the offensive glass. 

The Judges won the battle of turnovers in the game, 22-12, turning the miscues into a 20-11 scoring advantage. Brandeis could not overcome a 1-for-16 performance from 3-point range.

JWU got three players scoring in double digits. Raquel Pedrezani notched a team-high 16 points, connecting on 4-of-7 overall, 3-of-5 from downtown and 5-of-6 from the line. Sarah Duryea added 13 points, while Bobbie Whitehead recorded a double-double with 12 points and game-high 11 rebounds - all on the defensive end. Wildcat center Ashley Thompson also grabbed 10 boards, as the hosts owned  a 43-32 edge on the glass. 

JWU also had 16 assists on their 24 baskets, compared to the Judges' five on 22 hoops. Pedrezani had six helpers all by herself. In addition to their rebounding advantage, the Wildcats also scored eight 3-pointers to just one for the Judges.

Brandeis is back in action on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. against Babson College.