Brandeis 68            Tufts 58

At Medford, MA
Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Game Statistics

MEDFORD Sophomore Caitlin Malcolm (Windsor Locks, CT) scored a game-high 26 points to lead third-ranked Brandeis University to its 17th straight victory, 68-58, at Tufts University in non-conference women's basketball action on Tuesday night at Cousens Gym.

With the victory, Brandeis remained undefeated for 2004-05 with a 13-0 record. Freshman Jaime Capra (Old Bridge, NJ) added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Judges, who won their final four games a year ago and have not looked back. Tufts, which lost its fourth straight game three against nationally ranked teams, fell to 8-5 overall. Sophomore Valerie Krah (Mountain Lakes, NJ) had a hot hand to lead the Jumbos with 20 points.

Visiting Brandeis maintained a small lead early in the game until Tufts' three-point shooting helped them take a 32-28 lead at halftime. Krah's four three-pointers in the first half were part of a 7 for 14 effort from behind in the arc in the first 20 minutes for the hosts. The Jumbos led by seven points, 27-20, on a three by senior co-captain Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) at 4:01. The Judges scored the next seven points, six by Malcolm, to set up a tight contest for the second half. Krah had 12 points and Malcolm had 14 at the break.

Brandeis, which shot just 30 percent (9/30) in the first half, was more effective in the second. They scored the first six points of the second half to take a 34-32 lead on a lay-up by Malcolm at 18:31. The teams went back and forth for the next four minutes until the Judges established control with a 9-0 run that gave them a 47-38 lead on a basket by Christine Clancy (Yarmouth, ME) at 11:03. The margin moved to 13 points twice, including 61-48 on a lay-up by Malcolm with 3:06 on the clock.

Tufts again unleashed a three-point assault to close the gap. Three consecutive trifectas by Love, Krah and Love again pulled the Jumbos to within four points, 61-57, with 1:53 remaining. Tufts missed a shot that would have made it a one-possession game, and Capra answered at the other end with a lay-up for a 63-57 Brandeis edge with 51 seconds on the clock. The Judges would sink their free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

Brandeis out-scored Tufts 20-6 at the free throw line for the game and also earned an advantage in rebounds, 45-37. Sophomore Basia Grzyb (New Britain, CT) finished with 16 points for the Judges, including 12 in the second half.  Malcolm accumulated her 26 points by hitting 11 of 19 shots, with one three, and going 3 for 5 at the line. Clancy added 10 points and three steals.

Tufts would finish the game with 10 three-point baskets and 11 two-point shots. Krah had five threes to go with six rebounds while Love was 3 for 3 from downtown . Junior guard Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) posted nine points and seven rebounds for the Jumbos.