WALTHAM, Mass. – Eleven different players broke into the scoring column today as the Brandeis University women's basketball team defeated visiting Connecticut College, 68-36, in the opener of the 2010 Brandeis Women's Basketball Judges Classic.
Leading the scoring for Brandeis (2-1) for the third straight game was junior guard Morgan Kendrew (Cotuit, Mass./Barnstable), who had 11 points on 3-of-5 from the floor, 1-of-2 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the line. Rookie Janelle Rodriguez (Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans Memorial) had nine points and team-highs with six rebounds and four steals off the bench, both career-bests. Junior guard Kelly Ethier (Springfield, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) and senior forward Amber Strodthoff (DePere, Wis./DePere) each had eight points. Rookie guard Julia Scanlon (Long Valley, N.Y./West Morris) contributed a game- and career-high seven assists with just one turnover off the bench.
The Judges forced 22 turnovers while committing just 15, turning that advantage into a 21-2 scoring edge in points off miscues. Brandeis also held the visitors to just 24 percent shooting (12-50), including just 19.2 percent in the first half (5-26), as they never trailed in the game and established a 34-13 lead at the break. Brandeis led the game 14-10 nine minutes into the game before scoring 12 unanswered points to go up 26-10 on Kendrew's only trifecta, and the lead never dipped below double figures again.
Connecticut College (0-1) had two players reach double figures in their season opener. Junior guard Jennifer Shinall (Redding Ridge, Conn./Joel Barlow) had 12 points, seven in the second half, to take home game-high honors. She also had three steals. Rookie forward Tara Gabelman (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington) had a fine collegiate debut, scoring 11 points and pulling down a game-high seven rebounds. The Camels owned a 37-34 edge in rebounding, including 12-6 on the offensive glass, but could not make it count, as Brandeis owned a 9-2 edge in second-chance points.
The Judges will face Rhode Island College, who defeated Springfield, 80-64, tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the championship game. Connecticut College will play in the 1 p.m. consolation game.