Second-Quarter Explosion Leads Brandeis Past Women's Basketball

Second-Quarter Explosion Leads Brandeis Past Women's Basketball

WALTHAM, Mass.—Brandeis University outscored UMass Boston women's basketball 27-6 in the second quarter, to run away with Tuesday night's non-conference contest at Red Auerbach Arena.

THE BASICS

Brandeis University 79, UMass Boston 54

(UMass Boston 5-6)

(Brandeis University 8-3)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The second quarter totally changed the complexion of the game, as the Judges only outscored UMass Boston 52-48 in the other three quarters.

In the second quarter, Brandeis shot 47.1 percent (8-of-17) and knocked down 11-of-15 free throws (73.3 percent). On the other side of the ball, the Beacons were limited to 2-of-12 shooting (16.7 percent) and the Judges forced UMass Boston into 11 of their 25 turnovers.

Senior Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) returned to the Beacons lineup and poured in a game-high 17 points in 26 minutes off the bench. Junior Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) added eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds, while Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) and Michaela Ilebode (Malden, Mass.) chipped in with seven points each.

Fourteen different Brandeis players scored in the home win, with Paris Hodges and Maria Jackson leading the way with 12 points each. Hodges added five rebounds and five steals, while Jackson pulled down 10 rebounds and added three assists.

Ilebode gave the Beacons their only lead of the game 1:02 into the contest, when the sophomore center hit a layup to open the scoring.

Brandeis answered right back with a 14-0 run over the next four minutes, thanks to five points from Hodges and a pair of 3-pointers. The Beacons counter punched with a 10-0 flurry of their own, to make it 15-12 after 10 minutes.

That would be as close the Beacons would get the rest of the way though, as Brandeis put together a dominant showing in the second. The hosts opened the second quarter on a 22-0 over the first 6:53 of the quarter. UMass Boston finally got on the board with 2:27 left in the half, when Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) hit one of two free throws to make it 37-13.

Brandeis stretched their lead out to 33 (63-30) early in the fourth, but the Beacons would make the game more respectable thanks to Jordan. The senior poured in 14 of her 17 points in the final stanza, including the final six Beacons' points of the game.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston ended the night shooting 29.3 percent (17-of-58) from the field and 4-for-20 (20 percent) from distance.
  • Brandeis held slight edges in rebounds 50-45, assists (10-9) and points in the paint (22-18).
  • Kelsey posted double-digit rebounds for the third-straight game and the seventh time this season.
  • Jordan's 17 points marked the second-most points in a game in her career.
  • Brandeis improved to 4-2 all-time against the Beacons with the win.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will host Bridgewater State University on Thursday night at 5 p.m.