After scoring a season-low three points last Friday in a 69-43 loss to Emory, guard Camila Casanueva ’22 was looking to bounce back. Casanueva certainly did that, scoring a game-high 21 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, as the Judges knocked off the University of Rochester 66-59 on Sunday for their first University Athletic Association (UAA) win of the year. The Judges are now 6-10 and 1-6 in the UAA this year.
Friday, Jan. 28: Emory 69 – Brandeis 43
Emma Reavis ’23 scored a career-high 16 points and Kerry Tanke ’22 scored 11 points, but it wasn’t enough as Emory outscored Brandeis 19-11 in the second quarter to cruise 69-43.
Tied 6-6 following a Tanke jumper with 6:54 left in the first quarter, Emory went on a 7-2 run before Reavis made a layup and got fouled with 3:54 to go. The Eagles answered with six straight points to take a 19-11 lead. The Judges closed the quarter by scoring four of the game’s next six points to enter the second quarter down 21-15. The six-point deficit was the closest Brandeis would get the rest of the way.
The Eagles played stifling defense, forcing 20 Brandeis turnovers. The Judges shot just 30 percent from the field, their lowest mark this season. Outside of Reavis and Tanke, no Brandeis player had more than four points.
Sunday, Jan. 30: Brandeis 66 – Rochester 59
The Judges used an early fourth-quarter run and made their free throws down the stretch to hold on to defeat Rochester 66-59.
Leading 46-44 entering the fourth quarter, the Judges scored the first seven points of the period, six of which came from Casanueva. The Yellowjackets responded with an 8-0 of their own to cut the Judges’ lead to 53-52, capped by two foul shots from Rochester forward Julianna Okoniewski with 3:58 remaining. But on the ensuing possession, Casanueva drilled a three, extending the lead to four. The Yellowjackets did not get within three points the rest of the way.
The Judges defense held Rochester to just 31 percent shooting, which included 1-of-20 on 3-pointers. Offensively, the Judges shot 39 percent from deep, their best since Nov. 20 against Tufts.
Despite shooting 4-of-11 in the fourth quarter, the Judges went 11-of-16 from the foul line. The Judges did an outstanding job taking care of the ball in the second half, committing only three turnovers after coughing it 14 times in the first half.
In addition to her scoring, Casanueva had a team-high eight rebounds. Tanke contributed 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while guard Francesca Marchese ’23 connected on three 3-pointers. Center Casey Perry ’24 grabbed six rebounds off the bench.
The Judges return to Red Auerbach Arena to host Emory and Rochester this weekend. The Judges will face off against Emory on Friday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and play Rochester on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2:00 p.m.. More information about the team including schedule changes and team statistics can be found at brandeisjudges.com
Editor’s note: Francesca Marchese is a staff member at The Hoot and did not contribute to the writing of this article.