Puda shines in 1st and 3rd periods as women win at Rochester, 56-52

Kat Puda '21 (photo by Sportspix.com / Mike Broglio)
Kat Puda '21 (photo by Sportspix.com / Mike Broglio)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – In a game that featured six ties and four lead changes, with neither team getting more than a five-point lead, the Brandeis University women's basketball team held off the host University of Rochester Yellowjackets, 56-52, in a University Athletic Association contest today. With the win, the Judges improve to 7-10, 3-4 UAA, while the Yellowjackets fall to 8-19, 2-5 UAA.


  • Brandeis got off to a fast start in the first period, shooting 50 percent from the field (7-14) while holding UR to 24 percent (4-17) and taking an 18-13 lead.
  • Sophomore Kat Puda (Whitinsville, Mass./Worcester Academy) had seven points in the first quarter and classmate Camila Casanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos) had five.
  • The tables were turned in the second period, as Rochester held Brandeis to 13 percent from the floor (2-15). Though the Yellowjackets hit just 28 percent of their own (5-18), it was enough to outscore the Judges, 13-6, and take a 26-24 lead into the break.
  • Neither team was able to make a dent in the score for the first three minutes of the second half before Brandeis's Maya Burris (San Francisco, Calif./Loomis Chaffee) tied the game with a lay-up on a fast break.
  • UR's Brenna James answered on the next possession, but Puda hit two free throws to tie the game and a 3-pointer at the 4:50 mark to put the Judges ahead, 31-28, a lead they would never relinquish.
  • A Sarah Jaromin (E. Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) lay-up with just under two minutes left in the third gave Brandeis its biggest lead of the second half at 38-33.
  • Rochester got within a point on several occasions after that, but the Judges were able to keep them at bay.
  • The latest was with 2:42 left in the game after Julianna Okoniewski hit a pair of free throws to make it 50-49, but Jaromin answered with a lay-up for Brandeis on the next possession. Neither team scored again until the final 20 seconds, as the Judges hit just enough free throws to maintain the lead.


  • Puda was the Judges' leading scorer for the second game in a row, finishing with 14 points. She did all of her work in the first and third quarters, scoring seven points in each.
  • Jaromin added 10 points, all coming in the second half.
  • Burris and Casanueva each added nine points.
  • Despite being held to just two points, junior Hannah Nicholson (Sunderland, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds, her 10th career double-digit rebound game.
  • UR's Julianna Okoniewski led all players with 21 points, but no other Rochester player had more than seven.
  • Okoniewski also pulled down 16 rebounds, while Shannon Loiseau had a game-high 16, as they helped Rochester to a 56-42 advantage on the glass.
  • Camryn Fagan had six assists for the hosts, while Louiseau had five blocked shots.
  • The Judges shot just 30.8 percent from the field for the game (20-65), but they held Rochester to 27.9 percent (19-68). Brandeis also outshot UR from beyond the arc, 33.3% (4-12) to 11.8% (2-17).
  • Brandeis was also able to use their turnovers efficiently, converting nine Yellowjacket miscues into 15 points, while Rochester only had four points on eight Judge turnovers.
  • The win, coupled with the men's 75-69 win in the opener, gave Brandeis its first sweep in Rochester since 2010, and only the third-ever, along with the 2009.


Brandeis will face the same opponents from the road this weekend next weekend at home. They will meet Emory on Friday evening at 6 p.m. and Rochester on Super Bowl Sunday at 2 p.m.