WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team overcame a rough shooting first half to cut a 16-point deficit to one late with 4:29 to go, but the Judges couldn't quite get over the hump in a 56-50 loss to the Babson College Beavers tonight. The Judges fall to 4-4, while the Beavers improve to 6-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both offenses struggled in the first quarter, as Babson led 11-6 after 10 minutes. Brandeis shot 3-16 (18.8%), while Babson hit 5-15 (33%).
- The Beavers hit another 33.3% in the second (4-12), but connected on 3-4 from beyond the arc, while Brandeis made just 3-15 (20%), as the visitors went ahead, 27-15, at the break.
- Babson's Marissa Cicchetti led all scorers with eight points in the first thanks to two 3-pointers. Taylor Russell and Kristen Ferola added seven points, matched by Brandeis's Heather Cain (Gloucester, Mass./Gloucester).
- Babson hit the first two buckets of the second half to take their biggest lead of the game, 31-15, on a Ferola hoop at the 8:44 mark.
- The teams traded buckets until the 5:35 mark, when Babson was ahead 39-23. Brandeis got back in the game by scoring the next 13 points in a row, including a Cain trifecta.
- Two Ceara McNamara (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) free throws with 1:16 left in the third capped the run, making it a 39-36 deficit.
- The Beavers scored four of the last five points of the quarter to take a 42-37 edge into the final 10 minutes.
- Giovanna Pickering scored six points for Babson in the third, Cain and Maria Jackson (Rochester, N.Y./Hilton) had five each for the Judges.
- Babson's Jess Coelho opened the fourth with a lay-up making a seven-point game, but Brandeis senior Niki Laskaris (Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott) answered from deep.
- After a Babson hoop, Brandeis pressure got a pair of fast buckets, with sophomore Noel Hodges (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) getting a steal and starting a fast break and her sister, junior Paris Hodges (Southampton, Mass./Southampton) getting a theft and taking it in herself to get the Judges within 46-44 at the 8:34 mark of the fourth.
- Out of a timeout, Babson scored the game's next three points, but Cain answered with a driving layup and a straightaway jumper with a toe on the line that cut the Brandeis deficit to one, 49-48, with 5:31 left.
- The Beavers responded with a quick hoop from Megan Otto, then got three chances on their next possession before Brenna LeGacy converted a pass from Taylor Russell's offensive rebound putting the visitors up, 53-48, with 3:26 on the clock.
- The Judges hit another brief cold spell, missing five shots in a row as they tried to get back into things, but Russell connected on a hoop with 1:43 left that made it a three-possession game, and the Judges couldn't complete the comeback.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Heather Cain led all scorers with a career-high 19 points, 11 of which came in the second half, six in the fourth quarter. She was 7-for-14 from the field, 2-for-5 from downtown and 2-for-2 from the line.
- Taylor Russell led Babson with 12 points and 13 rebounds – six on the offensive glass.
- Paris Hodges nearly had a double-double with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.
- The Judges had just five assists on their 20 baskets, while Babson had 14 helpers on 22 buckets.
- Rebounds (44-43, Babson) and turnovers (19-19) were evenly matched.
- After their tough first half of shooting, Brandeis bounced back to hit a 40% clip in the second (14-35), but Babson raised their percentage as well (13-30, 43.3%).
- This is the most contested non-conference rivalry for Brandeis.
- It was the 48th meeting between the two schools, with Babson taking a 25-23 lead, having won five in a row.
- Three of the previous four meetings were decided by four points or less.
- Brandeis is off until New Year's Eve Day, when they meet Husson University at 1 p.m.
- Babson heads to Nashville just before New Year's, where they will meet Whitworth (Calif.) and Mount Union (Ohio) on Dec. 29 and 30.
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