WBB: Cougars Thwarted by Brandeis, 74-63

Photo by Katie Morrison
Photo by Katie Morrison

WORCESTER, Mass. – Clark University women's basketball dropped a non-conference affair with Brandeis University on Thursday night as a Camila Casanueva's 20 point outing led a trio of Judges' in double-figures en route to a 74-63 final at the Kneller Athletic Center.

The Basics

Score: Judges 74, Cougars 63

Records: Clark University (3-5) | Brandeis University (6-1)

How it Happened

The Cougars were led by junior Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) who matched the game-high of Casanueva with a 20-point outing of her own to go with five rebounds while sophomore Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) contributed 17 points with four assists.

Sophomore Ginny Benbow (Durham, Conn.), the reigning NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Week, continued her strong play on the season as the sophomore rounded out the double-figure performers for the Cougars with a 16-point outing on a trio of three-pointers.

For the Judges, Hannah Nicholson provided support for the offense with a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double while Jill Petrie scored 10 points herself on 5-of-11 from the floor.

The Cougars grabbed an early 6-2 lead as three-pointers from Favaloro and Benbow got the offense going. With 6:20 to go in the quarter, Favaloro connected on another longball to spark an 8-3 scoring drive, with the host taking their largest lead of the half at 18-10.

The Judges chipped away over the remaining 4:13 of the quarter as a lay-up from Samira Abdelrehim triggered a 10-3 drive from the visitors for a 21-20 deficit. Clark would take a two-point lead into the second stanza following a successful free throw from Sifferlen.

A three-pointer from Casanueva got Brandeis started in the second quarter to swing a 23-22 advantage over to the Judges. From there, the visitors went on a 7-2 run to push the lead up to six points before consecutive buckets inside from Favaloro shrunk it back down.

Clark gained the lead two times in the final two minutes of the half with Sifferlen draining a triple with 1:42 to go for a 34-33 advantage before Benbow connected on a floater moments later to give the Cougars a 37-36 lead. Brandeis jumped back in front, 40-37, over the remaining 25 seconds on a pair of free throws by Lauren Rubinstein.

The teams traded buckets to begin the second half, but Brandeis gained traction on the offensive end quickly after as a jumper from Petrie sparked a 7-1 scoring run to re-up the advantage to 49-40 with 5:51 in the period.

The Cougars finished strong in the final two minutes as the team erased a 10-point deficit to close the third quarter, starting with a three-pointer by Benbow, who then swiped the ball on the defensive end before finishing on a lay-up to trim the gap to 59-54. But Brandeis regained control before the buzzer to take a 61-56 advantage into the final ten minutes.

Brandeis opened the final quarter with a 6-0 run, with Emma Reavis scoring four points in a three-minute span to give the visitors an 11-point cushion. The Judges went onto outscore the Cougars, 13-7, throughout the final quarter en route to the 74-63 final.

The Judges controlled a 55-32 advantage on the glass with the Cougars edging the visitors on points inside the paint by a 28-24 clip. Brandeis shot 24-of-63 (38.1%) to Clark's 22-for-62 from the field (35.5%).

Up Next

The Cougars remain home for their next matchup as Nichols College visits the Kneller Athletic Center on Saturday, November 7 for a 1:00 pm tip-off.