Women fall to #1/2 NYU, 78-46

Katherine Vaughan follows through on a layup with a defender behind her
Katherine Vaughan '26 (photo by Sportspix.com)

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women's basketball team fell behind early and couldn't catch up as the Judges dropped their University Athletic Association (UAA) opener to visiting NYU, 78-46, in Red Auerbach Arena today.


  • Brandeis, 5-7, 0-1 UAA.
  • NYU, 11-0, 1-0 UAA, Ranked #1 in D3hoops.com poll, #2 in WBCA poll.


  • The Violets showed why they are the top-ranked team in Division III by D3hoops.com, as they never trailed, scoring the first five points of the game and opening on a 10-2 run.
  • NYU led 26-7 after the first 10 minutes, as the Violets' Jenny Walker (8 points) and Belle Pellecchia (7 points) each outscored the home team.
  • NYU expanded their lead to 49-21 by halftime as Pellecchia added nine more to finish with 17 at the break.
  • The Judges won the third period, 14-9, with five points from first-year Katherine Vaughan (Bedford, Mass./Bedford) but NYU answered with a 20-11 fourth to take their 32-point win.


  • Brandeis finished without a double-digit scorer for the third time this season. Vaughan and sophomore Caitlin Gresko (Howell, N.J./Howell) each scored a team-high nine points.
  • Grad student Shannon Smally (Foxborough, Mass./Foxborough) and first-year Abby Kennedy (Half Moon Bay, Calif./Half Moon Bay) each had seven points, representing Kennedy's career scoring high.
  • Senior Emma Reavis (Miami, Okla./Deerfield Acad., Mass.) led the Judges with six rebounds, while junior Lulu Ohm (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) had three assists off the bench.
  • NYU put three starters in double figures in scoring, with Pellecchia finishing with 16 points, Natalie Bruns added 15 and Walker finishing with 14.
  • Bruns stuffed the stat sheet with 10 rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocked shots, all game-highs.
  • Brandeis edged NYU on the glass, 41-39, but the Violets had a commanding advantage in turnovers. The Violets converted 34 Judge miscues into 36 points, while Brandeis forced just nine Violet turnovers and turned it into nine points.


  • Brandeis fell to 0-3 this season against top-25 opponents.
  • NYU has won six in a row in the series with Brandeis, taking a 50-17 lead.


  • Brandeis and NYU both head to the Midwest for their next UAA action.
  • The Judges head to St. Louis to take on Washington University next Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Eastern (5:30 Central). NYU is at #10 Chicago for a top-10 showdown at the same time.