Second Half Surge Powers Brandeis Past Women's Basketball

Theresa Logan
Theresa Logan

Waltham, MA --- Brandeis University junior guard Morgan Kendrew (Cotuit, MA) had 13 of her team-high 18 points in the second half, including a pair of key 3-pointers that were part of a game-ending 25-10 run, as the Judges defeated WPI, 55-46, in the season opener for both squads.

Brandeis (1-0) opened the game on an 11-3 run over the first 12:40 by holding WPI (0-1) to just 1-for-6 shooting with seven turnovers. Kendrew had five points in the run, while rookie guard Julia Scanlon (Long Valley, NJ) had four.

The Engineers fought back, answering with an 11-2 streak of their own, taking a 14-13 edge on a pair of Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) free throws at the 7:34 mark. The lead changed hands five more times the rest of the way before two late Amber Strodthoff (DePere, WI) free throws gave the Judges a 26-25 lead at the break. WPI senior guard Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) led all players with 10 points in the first half, while Brandeis senior guard Mia DePalo (Rumson, NJ) had seven.

WPI opened the second half with a Fontaine jumper to reclaim the lead and spark an 11-4 run over the first 4:30. A jumper by sophomore forward Theresa Logan (Southboro, Mass) gave the visitors their largest lead of the night at six points, 36-30.

The Judges responded with seven unanswered points of their own over the next 2:17, starting the run with two Scanlon foul shots and capping it with a Kendrew jumper and a 3-pointer that put Brandeis ahead, 37-36, with 12:13 remaining. After the teams traded turnovers, Fontaine found rookie Siena Mamayek (Melrose, MA) on the next WPI shot to give the visitors their final lead, but the Judges scored another eight in a row, capped by back-to-back lay-ups by junior forward Shannon Hassan (Merrimack, NH) that put them ahead, 45-38, with 7:43 on the clock.

The Engineers looked to get back into the game on a Mamayek jumper, followed by Logan hitting 2-of-3 from the line after getting fouled behind the arc. Kendrew answered with her third 3-pointer of the game to ice the contest with 4:36 left to push the lead back to six points, 46-40, and the Judges pulled away from there for the nine-point victory.

Kendrew tied for game-high honors with her 18 points, one shy of a career-best. She hit 6-of-11 overall, 3-of-6 from downtown and 3-of-4 from the line. In her first collegiate game, Scanlon scored 12 points, including six in each half. Brandeis owned a 14-7 edge in points off the bench thanks to Scanlon.

Junior guard Kelly Ethier (Springfield, MA) and sophomore forward Samantha Anderson (Johnsonville, NY) tied for team-high honors with six rebounds each, doubling the career-highs for both. Four other Brandeis players had four boards each. Ethier also had game- and career-highs with four assists and two blocked shots. The Judges forced 23 WPI turnovers and turned them into a 22-15 edge in points off of miscues.

WPI was guided by Logan, who finished with 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting overall, 2-of-6 from deep and 4-of-5 from the line. Fontaine had 12 points, a team-high three assists and three steals. Hannmann led all players with seven rebounds, while Mamayek grabbed six caroms.

WPI returns to action on Friday, participating in the Worcester City Tournament hosted by Nichols.  The Crimson and Gray open the tournament at 5:30pm on Friday, versus the Bison. Brandeis hosts nationally ranked Babson (#13) Wednesday at 7pm.

Release Courtesy Brandeis Sports Information