Women can't get over the hump against #16 Carnegie Mellon, 63-58

Paris Hodges '17 (photo by Sportspix / Mike Tureski)
Paris Hodges '17 (photo by Sportspix / Mike Tureski)

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis women's basketball team erased a big early deficit and went ahead in the third quarter, but 16th-ranked Carnegie Mellon reclaimed the lead throughout the fourth and held off the Judges, 65-58, in a University Athletic Association contest tonight. With the loss, the Judges fall to 9-4, 1-1 UAA, while the Tartans improve to 12-1, 1-1 UAA.


  • The Judges trailed 14-5 less than four minutes into the game as the visitors connected on five straight shots, including two 3-pointers, and two free throws.
  • Brandeis held Carnegie Mellon scoreless for the final 6:21 of the period, with 3-pointers by Eva Hart (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) and Frankie Pinto (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) and a late bucket by senior Paris Hodges (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) getting the home team within 14-13 after 10 minutes.
  • Brandeis took its first lead on a Maria Jackson (Rochester, N.Y./Hilton) lay-up to start the second period. The Judges opened on an 11-6 run, capped by a Katie Goncalo (Fall River, Mass./Tabor Acad.) trifecta at 5:33 that gave them their biggest lead of the game at 24-20.
  • The Tartans responded with a 6-0 run of their own and eventually took a 29-28 lead into the locker room.
  • CMU scored the first two hoops of the second half to take a 33-28 lead, but Brandeis answered with six in a row of their own, capped by a Hodges jumper that made it 34-33, Brandeis with 6:55 to go in the third.
  • The visitors' Makayala Filiere hit a 3-pointer to put them back on top by two, and her steal led to an easy bucket that made it another two-possession game.
  • Brandeis responded against with a 7-1 streak, with Noel Hodges (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) assisting Joelle MarkAnthony (Wallingford, Conn./Mark T. Sheehan) to put the Judges ahead, 40-39 with just under two minutes left in the third.
  • Carnegie Mellon would take the lead for good with four straight free throws, as seniors Lisa Murphy and Jackie Hudepohl made it 43-40 with 1:21 to go. Jackson hit the stanza's last hoop with 1:08 left, and a late Hudepohl foul shot made it 44-42 after three.
  • After a few missed shots to open the fourth quarter, Murphy hit two free throws and a Hudepohl jumper pushed the lead back to six, 48-42, with 8:02 to go.
  • Still down six with 5:17 to go, the Hodges sisters connected with Noel finding Paris open for a corner three to cut the lead in half.
  • Hart nailed two free throws on the next possession to make it 55-54 with 4:05 on the clock. Brandeis got a stop, but couldn't go back ahead, and Murphy hit two foul shots to  push the Tartans' lead back to three.
  • The Judges would get within a point on two more occasions, but each time, CMU was able to find an answer. After Hudepohl found Murphy to make it a 61-58 lead, the Judges were unable to respond, the Tartan seniors connected once again to push the lead to five with under 36 seconds on the clock before the final seven-point margin of victory.


  • Jackson registered her second-straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass.
  • Paris Hodges finished with 10 points and a game-high six assists.
  • Senior forward Sydney Sodine (New York, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) also scored 10 while grabbing eight rebounds.


  • Murphy, the UAA and NCAA leader in scoring was held relatively in check with 18 points – eight below her season average of 26.3. She was 6-10 from the field – also below her NCAA-leading 83 percent.
  • Murphy's game-high 12 rebounds were just under her season average of 12.7.
  • Filiere, a freshman, matched Murphy with 18 points, hitting 7-of-17 overall and 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
  • Hudepohl added 14 points, seven rebounds and team-high five assists in her first game back after missing the previous three.


  • Brandeis held Carnegie Mellon to a season-low 38.6 percent from the field (22-57)  - the Tartans entered the game shooting 46.6 percent.
  • The Tartans' 65 points was 11.5 less than their season average and two shy of a season-low, but well above the Judges' UAA-best 50.8 points-per-game allowed.
  • The Judges hit a season-best 75 percent from the line (15-20), but CMU was even better at 89 percent (16-18).


  • Brandeis will play host to Case Western Reserve University on Sunday at 2 p.m. in another UAA contest.