Strong Second Half Lifts Brandeis Past CWRU Women’s Basketball

Strong Second Half Lifts Brandeis Past CWRU Women’s Basketball

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team hung tight in the first half on the road against University Athletic Association opponent Brandeis University on Friday night, but a cold-shooting second half was too much for the Spartans to overcome in a 63-42 loss to the Judges in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Junior forward Hillary Hellmann finished the game with a team-leading 15 points to move past senior forward Kara Hageman for 11th in school history with 1,038 career points, while her three-for-13 shooting from long range moved her 24 behind the program's record with 155 career made threes.  Freshman guard Jasmine Floyd shot a perfect six-of-six from the floor, including two-of-two from behind the arc, to score 14 points off the bench, nearly tripling her previous career single game high of five points. 

The Spartans fell behind 6-0 early, but a pair of threes from Hellmann and one from junior guard Alexis Amburgey during a 1:08 stretch early in the first quarter gave the Spartans a 9-6 lead with 5:45 to go in the period.  After Brandeis regained the lead, a three-pointer from freshman Megan Shanosky put the Spartans back ahead, 14-12, with 1:27 remaining in the period, but the Judges scored the final four points of the period to jump out to a 16-14 lead heading into the second quarter.  Case Western Reserve kept it close with Hellmann cutting the lead back to two points with her third three of the game, closing the gap to 21-19 with 6:29 left in the half.  A quick 7-2 run by the Judges helped them expand their lead to six points, 27-21 with 2:19 to play.  However, the Spartans would score seven points in the final 1:23 of the half, all off turnovers, to knot the score at 28-28 heading into halftime.

Brandeis pulled away in the third quarter, opening the frame on a 13-0 run, and led by as many as 14 points during the stanza.  A late run by the Spartans, including back-to-back threes by Floyd in the final minute of the quarter, helped CWRU cut the lead back to seven, 43-36, before a layup by the Judges' Katie Goncalo to close the period gave Brandeis a nine-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.  Brandeis would lock up the game with a 12-0 run to start to the final quarter, and would grow their lead to as many as 21 points on three separate occasions during the period on their way to the victory.

Case Western Reserve dropped to 3-13 on the season with the loss, including a 0-6 record in UAA play.  Brandeis raised its season ledger to 10-6 overall with a 2-4 conference mark.

The Spartans will conclude their road weekend against the Violets of New York University on Sunday, January 28th in New York, New York.  Tip-off on Sunday afternoon is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.