Women close 2012 slate with 63-43 win over Husson

Janelle Rodriguez '14 (Photo by Sportspix)

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team forced a season-high 34 turnovers today as the Judges rolled to a 63-43 win over Husson University in Red Auerbach Arena. Brandeis improves to 6-5 on the season, while Husson falls to 1-6.

Brandeis got scoring contributions from 13 of the 14 players who were dressed for the game. All 14 Judges also grabbed at least one rebound as they won the battle of the boards, 50-38. Junior guard Kasey Dean (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) led all scorers with 12 points, shooting 6-of-8 from the field. Eight of her 12 points came in the first half. Dean also had five rebounds, trailing sophomore Mikaela Garvin (Providence, R.I./Hope) and Nicolina Vitale (Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley) who led the squad with six caroms each.

Sophomore guard Hannah Cain (Gloucester, Mass./Gloucester) was the only other Judge in double figures with 10 points, all in the first 20 minutes. Cain also led all players with four assists. Junior Janelle Rodriguez (Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans) added eight points and a career-high seven steals, part of a season-high 23 for the team. Ten Judges had at least one theft, as their 34-19 turnover advantage turned into a 29-14 edge in points off turnovers.

Husson was led by rookie Amanda Johnson (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan), who scoed 11 points off the bench, hitting 4-of-6 overall and 2-of-4 from 3-point range. Sophomore forward Chrissy Larrabee (Brooks, Maine/Mountain View) just missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Husson got off to a fast start in the contest, outscoring Brandeis 14-5 over the first 5:45, including six-straight points by junior forward Stephanie Comstock (Bangor, Maine/Bangor). Brandeis responded with 14 of the game's next 16 points, going ahead for the first time at the 7:07 mark on a Dean jumper. It was still a 23-21 game with 4:24 left before the intermission when the Judges closed on an 11-4 string, capped by Cain's bucket just before the horn that made it 34-25, Brandeis, headed into the locker room. The Judges then opened the second half by holding Husson to just one field goal over the first seven-and-a-half minutes, pushing the lead to 20 points and never looking back.

Brandeis, which finishes non-conference play at 6-5, opens University Athletic Association play on Saturday, Jan. 5, at home against rival New York University at 1 p.m. Husson plays at North Atlantic Conference foe New England College on Friday, Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m.