Brandeis 85    Tufts 63

At Waltham, MA
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Game Statistics

WALTHAM - Brandeis University senior center Danielle Fitzpatrick (Stratham, NH) scored her 1,000th career point with 6:37 remaining in the first half and went on to record a career-high 32 in the game as the Judges defeated visiting Tufts University, 85-63, in Auerbach Arena.

Brandeis (10-2), off to its best start ever under head coach Carol Simon, also got double figures from sophomore forward Christine Clancy (Yarmouth, ME), who had 17 points, and junior guard Catherine Brady (Rockaway, NY), who added 12 on 4 for 7 shooting from 3-point range. But the night belonged to Fitzpatrick.

The senior tri-captain hit 13 of 18 from the floor and 6 of 8 from the line. She scored 22 points in 16 minutes in the first half, and added 10 more after the break. Fitzpatrick's previous career-best was 29 points set in her sophomore season. She also grabbed six rebounds and had an assist.

Tufts (8-3) was paced by junior forward Allison Love (Duxbury, MA), who had 19 points for the contest, but only two in the second half. Love hit 5 of 5 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and all four free throws in the first half, but was just 1 for 2 from the field and did not get to the line in the second as the Brandeis defense shut her down. No other Jumbo player reached double figures.

The Jumbos led by as many as seven points in the first half, going up 16-9 on sophomore guard Jessica Powers' (Massapequa, NY) jumper with 11:53 left. Brandeis answered with a 22-8 run over the next five minutes, a stretch that included Fitzpatrick's 1,000th and eight points by Clancy, giving the Judges a 36-26 lead they would never relinquish. Tufts came within seven points later in the half, but Clancy's buzzer-beater put the hosts ahead 47-38 at the break. Love opened the second half with a bucket for Tufts, but Clancy and Fitzpatrick scored the next two hoops, and Brandeis never trailed by fewer than 10 points after that.