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Women’s basketball plays first games of the year

For the first time in over 700 days, the Brandeis Women’s Basketball team traveled to play a game on the road in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Judges played two games this past week, losing 64-58 to the University of Chicago on Friday, Jan. 21 and falling to Washington University in St. Louis 79-53 on Sunday, Jan. 23. The Judges are now 5-9 and 0-5 in the UAA. 

Friday: University of Chicago 64 – Brandeis 58: 

Forward Caitlin Gresko ’25 scored a team-high 14 points, while guard Camila Casanueva ’22 recorded a game-high four assists as the Judges dropped their fourth straight UAA game. 

At 44-44 with 3:21 remaining in the third quarter, Chicago went on a 7-0 run to close out the period. The run capped off an excellent quarter for the Maroons, who outscored Brandeis 25-12 while shooting 9-of-13 from the field. The Judges never got within five points the rest of the way. 

The Judges shot 42 percent from the field for the game, their highest mark since Nov. 20 against Tufts. In addition to Gresko, Casanueva, guard Emma Reavis ’23, and center Kerry Tanke ’22 scored nine points apiece. 

The Judges led at 32-26 thanks to their interior defense, particularly from forward Casey Perry ’24. Perry, appearing in just her fifth game this season, played 20 minutes, blocking four shots, grabbing seven rebounds and notching two steals. 

Sunday: Washington University 79 – Brandeis 53 

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Reavis scored a career-high 15 points and Casanueva added 14 as the Judges fell to Washington University to conclude their two-game road trip. 

Tied at 34 after 20 minutes, the Bears held the Judges scoreless for nearly six minutes to begin the third quarter, until Reavis made a layup with 4:04 to go. In that stretch, Washington University scored 17 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. A layup from guard Selenya Gonzalez ’24 with 41 seconds remaining in the quarter cut the Bears’ lead to 57-45, but that proved to be the closest the Judges would get the rest of the way. 

The Judges shot 32 percent from the field and went 5-of-25 from beyond the arc. The Bears outrebounded the Judges 48-27. Consequently, Washington University outscored Brandeis 22-10 on second-chance points. 

Reavis had a team-high seven rebounds, while Casanueva led the Judges with three assists. Reavis is averaging nine points per game while shooting 31 percent on threes, an improvement from 24 percent two years ago. Casanueva leads the team with 13 points per game and is fourth in the UAA in three-point percentage, shooting 39 percent from deep this season. Both players are tied for the UAA lead in assists per game at 3.9. 

The Judges are on the road again this weekend, as they will take on Emory University on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then the University of Rochester at 1 p.m. The next home game will be Friday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. against Emory. Go to brandeisjudges.com for more information regarding spectator policies and streaming links.

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