Women clinch winning regular season with 77-68 win over Case

Hannah Cain '15 with the Brandeis Coaches on Senior Day
Hannah Cain '15 with the Brandeis Coaches on Senior Day

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team got a stellar performance from their bench, which outscored their counterparts, 41-11, while sisters Hannah Cain and Heather Cain (Gloucester, Mass./Gloucester) combined for 28 points and 10 rebounds as the Judges defeated visiting Case Western Reserve University, 77-68, in Red Auerbach Arena today.

With the win, the Judges clinch a second-straight winning regular season with a 13-9 record, 5-6 in the University Athletic Association. The Spartans fall to 7-15, 1-10 in the UAA. Today's game was postponed from yesterday due to the snowstorm.

Brandeis led for nearly the entire game, except for a four-minute stretch in the first half. Case tied the contest at 19-19 at the 7:28 mark of the first half, but the Judges went on a 17-7 run over the next five minutes to take a 10-point lead. Heather Cain capped the string with a driving lay-up, and added the final basket of the first half that gave the Judges a 38-30 lead at the break.

Heather Cain and sophomore Frankie Pinto (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) each had eight points in the first to lead the Judges – the two combined to go 5-for-5 from the field, 2-for-2 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the line. As a team, Brandeis hit 56 percent (14-25) in the first half, including 67% from beyond the arc (4-6).

Brandeis rookie Maria Jackson (Rochester, N.Y./Hilton) scored the first bucket of the second half to push the lead back to double digits. Case answered with a 6-1 run, getting within 41-36 on two Berit Eppard free throws at the 15:49 mark. Brandeis rookie Noel Hodges (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) answered with a 3-pointer. After CWRU's Laura Mummey hit a bucket to make it 44-38 with 15:12 left, the Judges held the visitors scoreless for the next three-plus minutes, scoring seven unanswered points, capped by a three-point play by Paris Hodges (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton). The lead stayed in double digits for most of the rest of the game until a late run got Case within nine on their final possession.

Brandeis's Hannah Cain led the Judges with 15 points, nine coming in the second half. She hit 4-of-9 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the line. She also had Sister Heather came off the bench to lead the reserves with 13 points, finishing 5-of-6 overall, 1-of-2 from downtown and 2-of-2 from the line. She also topped the squad with seven rebounds.

Also scoring in double figures in reserve were Noel Hodges and junior forward Ceara McNamara (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan), who each had a career-high 10 points. McNamara also led the Judges and had a career-high three assists. In all, Branedis bench players finished with 41 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, compared to 11, four and five for their opponents.

Case guard Brooke Orcutt led all players with a double-double performance of 21 points and 10 rebounds. She also tied for the Spartans' team high with three assists. Jessica McCoy totaled 15 points for the visitors, while Mummey finished with 14.

Brandeis is back in action next Friday evening at the University of Chicago for a 7 p.m. Eastern/6 Central start.