Brandeis women’s basketball picked up another win on Saturday, Dec. 1, playing on their home court against Johnson and Wales, but couldn’t hold on to the win streak Monday, Dec. 3 against rival Babson.
After the week, the Judges hold a 3-4 record heading into the last couple games of 2018.
In the Saturday game against Johnson and Wales, Sarah Jaromin ’19 led the team to the win. The senior put up career bests in points scored (25) and rebounds (12). Her points were scored evenly between the first and second half, with 13 points in the first and 12 in the second.
After going up 43-26 in the first half, Jaromin entered the second half riding the momentum of the first. Right from the blow of the whistle, the senior scored a three-pointer to extend the Judges lead to 46-26.
Jaromin’s teammate Camila Casanueva ’21 had heavy contributions to the win as well, scoring 17 points, earning nine rebounds and passing off five assists. The sophomore has been a young star for the women’s basketball team in recent games.
The win against Johnson and Wales earned the Judges a tied record at 3-3 for a brief time until they returned to the court again two days later on Monday.
In the Babson game, the Judges held the lead through the first two periods of the game going into the second half. In the first quarter, the Judges held on to a three-point lead, and expanded that gap to five after the second quarter.
The Judges slipped in the second half, facing a six-point deficit in third quarter points so that going into the fourth quarter they were down by one point. In the final quarter of the game, the Judges couldn’t get the momentum back as they dropped the quarter 9-15. The games ended with a Judges loss of 59-66.
Kat Puda ’21 proved indispensable in the close game, leading the Judges in point scoring and rebounds. The neuroscience major from Whitinsville, MA, put up a total of 17 points and earned seven rebounds throughout the game.
Jaromin offered another stellar performance, adding 14 points to the team’s score, while Casanueva again played an impressive game contributing 12 points and passing off five assists.
Over the last few weeks, sophomore Casanueva has led the Judges in multiple different categories in game play. Her consistently strong performances earned her the title of UAA Athlete of the Week for leading the Judges to a 2-0 week between their games against Salem State and Johnson and Wales.
In the game against Salem State, Casanueva scored 30 total points, a feat that hasn’t been reached by a Brandeis women’s basketball player since 2010. Between those two games last week, she averaged 67 percent shooting from the field, 64 percent shooting from three-point range and 93 percent from the free throw line.
The Judges have just two more games until they break until 2019. Their next game is away against Gordon. They’re set to play at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.