WALTHAM, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene College women's basketball team absorbed a 63-51 loss to Brandeis in the championship game of the Brandeis Tip-Off Tournament Saturday afternoon.
The Lions drop to 2-1 on the year with the setback while the Judges improve to 2-1 overall with the win.
Michelle Detwiler (Elkhart, Ind.) and Jacquelin Arretche (Los Banos, Calif.) each scored 13 points to lead the visitors . Shelby Holmes (Seeley Lake, Mont.) and Seniesha Sekaquaptewa (Scottsdale, Ariz.) both notched eight points in the contest. Detwiler and Tia Torio were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
The home side utilized an early 9-0 run to grab a 9-3 lead with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter.
The guests cut the deficit to 9-8 with 3:44 left to play in the opening period as Detwiler banked in a layup.
Brandeis chalked up the final six points of the first frame to hold a 19-10 lead at the start of the second quarter.
The Judges widened the margin to 30-14 on a layup by Hannah Nicholson with 3:54 to go in the second period.
Eastern Nazarene trailed 34-19 at the midway point of the game after shooting 32% from the floor through two quarters of action.
The hosts extended their lead to 23 points with 4:47 left to play in the third as Eva Hart sank two free throws, 48-25.
The Lions tallied six unanswered points to close out the third quarter to trim the gap to 52-33 heading into the fourth frame.
Eastern Nazarene outscored Brandeis 18-11 in the fourth but the Judges held on to capture the Tip-Off Tournament title.
The Lions concluded the contest with a field-goal percentage of 36.2% while connecting on 35.3% of their three-point attempts. The Judges shot 44.3% from the floor and just 21.4% from behind the arc on the day.
Katie Goncalo poured in 18 points to pace Brandeis while Nicholson, the tournament MVP, recorded 16 points and nine rebounds.
Up next, Eastern Nazarene returns home to take on Pine Manor November 21.