Big CMU third period proves costly for women in 77-63 loss

Caitlyn Gresko '25 (photo by Cayla Fernandes)
Caitlyn Gresko '25 (photo by Cayla Fernandes)

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team owned a 36-32 lead at the half, but visiting Carnegie Mellon pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Judges, 31-12, en route to a 77-63 road win the University Athletic Association. With the loss, the Judges fall to 5-6 overall. 0-2 in the UAA, while the Tartans improve to 8-3, 2-0 UAA.

Brandeis was paced by 15 points from senior guard Camila Casanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos), who also dished out a game-high seven assists. Rookie guard/forward Caitlyn Gresko (Howell, N.J. / Howell) added 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range. Senior guard Francesca Marchese (Staten Island, N.Y./Staten Island Academy) added eight points, all in the first half, but no other Judge had more than six. Senior center Kerry Tanke (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) pulled down eight rebounds.

CMU put four starters in double figures in scoring, and nearly all five. Rookie guard Catherine Or stuffed the stat sheet for the Tartans, with game-highs of 19 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Senior Caitlyn Clendenon added 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while Leah Weslock had 13 points and Anisha Chintala had 12, while Isha Nambisan finished with nine.

Brandeis led at the break thanks to hot shooting from beyond the arc. They connected on 7-of-16 (44%), while CMU hit just 1-of-3 (33%). They also held the Tartans to just 13-of-37 overall (35%) whole connecting on 13-of-32 (41%) of their own.

The visitors turned things around in the third period, hitting nearly as many field goals as they had in the previous 20 minutes, going 12-23 (52%), while the Judges struggled at 5-14 (36%). The Tartans also forced eight turnovers and turned them into 13 points in the third. Brandeis's defense returned to form in the fourth, but their offense couldn't get back on track, hitting just four of their 17 shots (26%) including just 2-of-10 from deep.

Brandeis will look to get back to their winning ways on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Case Western Reserve, while CMU will travel to New York to take on #5/10 NYU at 3 p.m. the same day.