Jackson buzzer beater lifts Brandeis women past Emory, 61-59

Maria Jackson '17 (Photo by Dean Reid / D3Photography.com)
Maria Jackson '17 (Photo by Dean Reid / D3Photography.com)

WALTHAM, Mass.  – The Brandeis women's basketball team won their first home game in three weeks in dramatic fashion tonight, as senior Maria Jackson (Rochester, N.Y./Hilton) beat the buzzer with a put-back to give the Judges a 61-59 win over Emory in University Athletic Association play tonight. With the win, the Judges improve to 11-8 overall on the season, 3-5 in the UAA. The Eagles fall to 13-6, 4-4 UAA as the teams finish the season series with a split for the third year in a row.


  • The game featured five ties and six lead changes. The lead changed hands three times in the final four minutes.
  • After Emory went ahead, 58-55 with 1:15 on the clock, Brandeis scored the game's next four points. Jackson scored with 57.7 seconds left on a feed from classmate Sydney Sodine (New York, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) to get within one.
  • The teams traded miscues on the next two possessions, and Brandeis senior Frankie Pinto (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) hit two free throws with 12.2 seconds to go, putting Brandeis ahead, 59-58.
  • Emory sophomore Ashley Oldshue got to the line with 5.4 seconds on the clock with a chance to give her team the lead. She missed the first foul shot but made the second, tying the score are 59-59.
  • Brandeis called their last timeout  to draw up a play and advance the ball to the frontcourt. Junior Noel Hodges (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) inbounded to her sister Paris Hodges (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) beyond the 3-point arc at the top of the key.
  • Paris dribbled into the paint and missed her jumper, but Jackson was all alone under the basket for the rebound and the dramatic game-winner.
  • The Judges led for the entire first half, by as many as 12 points after opening the game on a 16-4 run over the first 4:26.
  • Emory scored nine of the last 10 points of the first to close within 17-13 after one.
  • Brandeis kept the Eagles at bay in the second period, with an Oldshue layup in the last minute getting the visitors within 28-27 before two late Paris Hodges freebies made it 30-27, Judges at the break.
  • The teams traded buckets on the first three possessions of the second half before a Shellie Kaniut 3-pointer gave Emory their first lead, 34-32, 2:17 into the third.
  • Pinto answered from downtown and the Judges were ahead by four, 39-35, with 6:16 left in the quarter.
  • EU reclaimed the lead on an Allison Chernow trifecta with 3:48 left as the Eagles closed the period with a 12-4 run to take a 47-43 lead after three.
  • Brandeis scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to take a five-point lead with just under seven minutes to go, setting up Jackson's dramatics.


  • Jackson finished with a game- and career-high 22 points on 11-of-23 from the floor.
  • She also tied for the team lead with seven rebounds (four offensive) had game-highs with three steals and two blocked shots and also added a pair of assists.
  • It marked the third time this season and the fourth in her career that Jackson scored 20 or more in a game.
  • Hodges added 12 points for the Judges, eight coming in the second half, while Pinto had eight of her 13 after the break.
  • Pinto also hit the Judges' only three 3-pointers on the night.
  • Sodine matched Jackson for team-high honors with seven rebounds, while Noel Hodges led Brandeis with four assists.


  • Oldshue recorded a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. It was her fourth of the season.
  • Chernow added 11 points off the bench, helping Emory's reserves outscore the Judges' bench, 23-3.
  • Chernow also led the visitors with four assists.


  • Brandeis shot 46.4% from the field in the second half (13-28) while holding Emory to 34.5% (10-29).
  • While Emory had a slight overall edge in rebounding (38-37), Brandeis had an 18-13 edge on the offensive glass, including Jackson's big finale.


  • The Judges take on the University of Rochester on Super Bowl Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Emory is at NYU at the same time.