Reavis scores career-high 15, but women fall at WashU, 79-53

Emma Reavis fires a pass (Photo by / taken before current masking rules in place)
Emma Reavis fires a pass (Photo by / taken before current masking rules in place)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team played even on the road with Washington University for the first 20 minutes of action today, but the hosts opened the second half with 17 unanswered points to pull away for a 79-53 University Athletic Association victory. With the loss, the Judges fall to 5-9 overall on the season, while the Bears improve to 9-7, 3-2 UAA.

The Judges lost despite a career-high 15 points from junior guard/forward Emma Reavis (Miami, Okla./Deerfield Acad., Mass.). Reavis hit 6-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and hit her only free throw. Reavis also led the Judges with seven rebounds and had two assists. Senior Camila Casanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos) added 14 points, four rebounds and a team-high three assists. Senior Kerry Tanke (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) and sophomore Casey Perry (Milton, N.H. / Marshwood) each had five rebounds, while junior Tathiana Pierre (Jericho, N.Y. / Sacred Heart Academy) had three steals for the Judges.

Washington University put three players in double figures, led by 19 from Molly Gannon and 18 from Samantha Weaver. Both players contributed from the bench, each outscoring the Brandeis reserves, who combined for 11 points. Naomi Jackson was the final Bear player in double figures in scoring with 14 points. Weaver also led all players with 13 rebounds, while Gannon had a game-high four assists. In addition to their 50-11 advantage in bench points, WashU outrebounded Brandeis, 48-27, leading to a 22-10 advantage in second-chance points.

Brandeis started off strong, outscoring Washington 18-13 in the first quarter. Casanueva had seven points in the period, while Reavis had six. They held the Bears to just 26.7 percent from the field (4-15) while shooting 35.3% on their own (6-17. WashU turned things around in the second quarter, outscoring the Judges, 21-16, to tie the game at 34-all at halftime. The hosts then held Brandeis scoreless over the first 5:56 of the third quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points before Reavis converted a traditional three-point play, but the deficit was too large for the Judges to overcome.

Brandeis is back on the road next weekend in UAA action, playing at Emory next Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.