WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team couldn't overcome a tough afternoon shooting the ball as the Judges dropped a 67-55 decision to Case Western Reserve University on Senior Day.
HOW IT HAPPENED (CLICK FOR VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)
- The Judges and Spartans were tied at 20-all after one period. The Judges got seven points from sophomore guard Camila Casanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos) in the first.
- The stanza featured four ties and three lead changes, with the last tie coming on an Emma Cain jumper to beat the buzzer for the visitors.
- CWRU used that momentum to get off to a fast start to the second period. The Spartans scored eight points in just over 90 seconds, with seniors Kara Hageman and Hillary Hellman each burying a 3-pointer.
- The teams would trade buckets on the next three possessions, but Hellman scored six-straight points to make it 37-24 in favor of CWRU with 4:14 left in the half. The Spartans took a 40-31 lead into the locker room.
- Brandeis would climb no closer than eight points in the second half as CWRU kept the Judges at bay by not allowing them to shoot better than 30 percent in any quarter.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Sophomore Hannah Nicholson (Sunderland, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) led the Judges with 13 points, eight coming in the second half. She also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
- Casanueva finished with nine points, six rebounds and four assists, tied for team-high honors.
- Sophomore Kat Puda (Whitinsville, Mass./Worcester Academy) added eight points.
- Senior Sarah Jaromin (E. Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia H.S.) matched Casanueva with six boards and four assists.
- For the Spartans, Hageman and Hellman combined for 37 points and 19 rebounds. Hellman was the game's high scorer with 20 points, grabbing eight rebounds.
- Hageman registered a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. She also stuffed the stat sheet with four steals, three assists and two blocked shots.
- The Judges were held to just 28.6 percent shooting from the field (18-63), their second-lowest percentage of the season. This offset a 43-33 rebounding advantage the Judges held.
- Case Western Reserve hit on 44.1 percent from the field (26-59).
- Before the game, the Judges honored their four seniors
- The Judges close out their schedule with three road games, starting next weekend at the University of Chicago on Friday night and Washington University on Sunday afternoon.