Women's Basketball: No luck for Spartans against Nos. 12 and 13
Issue date: 1/30/09 Section: Sports
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Brandeis came out strong and had the lead for the first 10 minutes of the half, but junior point guard Ashleigh Tondo began to dominate the court. Not only did Tondo score most of the Spartan's first 10 points, but she also hit a key three-pointer to pull the Spartans within three at 13:44. The rest of the Spartan squad picked up on Tondo's intensity and continued to force turnovers and get rebounds. The Spartans tied up the game twice - first with a three pointer by freshman Kate Clancy and again at 10:43 with a jumper by freshman Chelsea Peck - before taking the lead at 10:17 when sophomore guard Caitlin Henry hit a smooth three-pointer to make the score 18-15. Brandeis managed to take the lead again before the half, 26-21. The Spartans came back from the half, and while their shooting cooled, Brandeis kept pulling ahead with contributions from Lauren Rashford and Jessica Chapin. Chapin would go on to have a game-high 21 points. Clancy hit a three-pointer to bring the Spartans back within seven at 14:55 but the Spartans never got closer than that for the remainder of the game. Clancy had an impressive 12 points and four rebounds for the game, while team high-scorer Tondo had 19 points and Henry rang in with 13. Though the scoreboard read a loss of 79-66, the Spartans played neck-and-neck with Brandeis. In spite of the odds, the Spartans fought back with matching intensity and skill.