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Brandeis women’s basketball gains individual successes, falls to Tufts, Roger Williams and Babson

Brandeis women’s basketball continued their season last Saturday, Nov. 19, hosting Tufts women’s basketball at the Auerbach Arena. Last year, the Judges faced off against Tufts in an early season matchup that saw them narrowly lose 77-81. While Brandeis kept up throughout the third quarter, the Judges were unable to defeat the 11th-ranked Tufts team. Emma Reavis ’23 led Brandeis in scoring throughout the game, winning the Judges 26 points. This is Reavis’ career-best outsourcing her previous 19-point record. Following was Francesca Marchese ’23, who scored 12 points with four shots landing from the 3-point range and Katherine Vaughan ’26 scored 11 points for the Judges. Caitlin Gresko ’25 and Reavis tied for a team lead in assists with two. Three players had four rebounds in the game to tie the team lead. This included Shannon Smally (GRAD), Reavis and Vaughan. Ultimately, the Judges fell to the Jumbos who won with a score of 84-70. 

One week later, on Saturday, Nov. 26 after Thanksgiving break, the Judges returned to the court in Rhode Island playing against Roger Williams University. Last year, the Judges fell to Roger Williams 61-70. Although Brandeis lost to the Hawks with a score of 89-58, the Judges outscored Roger Williams 20-18 in the fourth quarter. Additionally during the game Marchese marked the ninth-ever member of Brandeis women’s basketball to make 100 career 3-pointers throughout her time at Brandeis. Marchese completed this feat in 55 games, faster than anyone else in school history due to COVID-19’s impact on college sports. Throughout the game, 13 Judges scored and seven made assists. Smally led the team in rebounds with four, while Gresko and Vaughan tied the team leads in blocks with one. 

This week on Wednesday, Nov. 30 the Judges finally played against their rival Babson, a game that was rescheduled from Nov. 22, at the Auerbach Arena. The Babson Beavers overtook the Judges from the start of the game, with Brandeis women not scoring until the end of the first quarter. The second quarter continued this trend, yet the third brought the Judges up 24 points. Ultimately, the Beavers beat the Judges with a score of 85-56, marking the 54th game between the two teams and the first time the non-home team won a game between Babson and Brandeis since 2015. Tathiana Pierre ’23 scored just shy of her career-best with 13 points throughout the game and six rebounds. Smalley was the only other Judge to score in the double digits Wednesday night and led the night for the team with eight rebounds. Reavis had an all around great game with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. 

The Judges return to the Auerbach Arena court on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. against MIT. 

Editor’s Note: Staff writer Francesca Marchese is a captain of the women’s basketball team and did not contribute to the writing or editing of this article.

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