ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team suffered an 89-70 defeat at the hands of Washington University in St. Louis today in University Athletic Association play. With the loss, the Judges fall to 7-16, 3-10 in the UAA. The Bears improve to 18-6, 12-1 UAA, and clinch the conference title for the 24th time in program history.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Brandeis and WashU were nearly even through the first quarter, with the Bears holding a slim 20-19 lead. The Judges stayed close thanks to 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the line.
- WashU pulled away in the second and third periods, outscoring the visitors 27-16 in the second and doubling them up, 26-13 in the third.
- Brandeis scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter and went on a similar run later to close within 14 points at 84-70 with 2:09 to go, but the game was never in doubt after the first three quarters.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Sophomore guard Camila Casanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos) led all scorers in the game with 24 points. She hit 8-of-12 overall, 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the line.
- This marked Casanueva's fourth 20-plus point scoring game of the season and the third time she hit at least four 3-pointers in a contest.
- She also grabbed eight rebounds, and had team-highs with four assists and two blocked shots.
- Junior Lauren Rubinstein (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) tied her career-high with 17 points in 27 minutes off the bench. She hit 4-of-14 overall, but 3-of-7 from downtown and 6-of-8 from the line.
- Rookie Kerry Tanke (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) tied for game-high honors with 10 rebounds off the bench.
- WashU put four players in double figures in scoring. Rachel Sondag led the way with 20 points, while Stephanie Botkin added 16.
- Kristina Schmelter contributed a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Samantha Weaver also had 10 points and seven rebounds in reserve.
- Washington held a 51-44 edge in rebounding and dominated the turnover battle, 19-7. The Bears scored 22 points off Brandeis turnovers compared to 10 for the Judges.
- Brandeis will close out its 2018-19 campaign next Saturday at 1 p.m. at rival NYU in a game played at the Hunter College Sportsplex.