WALTHAM, Mass. - The Brandeis Women's Basketball team improves to 2-1 as they cruise past Eastern Nazarene with a 63-51 victory in the championship game of the Brandeis Women's Basketball Invitational.
The Judges took a 6-3 lead at the 6:50 mark in the first quarter and never looked back. Brandeis led the Lions for the remainder of the game, leading as much as 52-27 in the third quarter. The Judges held their ground, never letting their lead slip below 11 in the fourth quarter.
Brandeis was paced by sophomore Katie Goncalo's (Fall River, Mass./Tabor Academy) 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Sophomore Hannah Nicholson (Sunderland, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) was one rebound shy of back-to-back double-doubles. She finished with 16 points and nine rebounds on 8-11 from the field. Freshman Camila Casanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos) recorded big minutes off the bench, scoring seven points on 3-6 from the field, collecting four rebounds, and dishing out a pair assists.
Eastern Nazarene was led by Michelle Detwiler and Jacquelin Arretche who reached had 13 points. The Lions shot 73.3% from the line, but were out-rebounded in the contest, 42-23.
The championship game followed the 12pm consolation matchup between Mitchell College and Western Connecticut State University. Western Connecticut topped Mitchell 128-77.
BRANDEIS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Allegra Jones, Mitchell
Jancy Sherwood, WCSU
Michelle Detwiller, ENC
Tia Torio, ENC
Katie Goncalo, Brandeis
Hannah Nicholson, Brandeis (MVP)
The Judges look to keep their winning streak alive as they face off against Emmanuel College on the road on Tuesday night at 5pm.
-Daniel Schupper '19