WALTHAM, Mass. – An early deficit was too much for the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team to overcome on Saturday. The Wildcats lost 77-60 at Brandeis.
Johnson & Wales: 1-5
Johnson & Wales kept up with the Judges for the early part of the first quarter, but Brandeis opened up a 10-point lead, 21-11, on a Kat Puda three-pointer midway through the quarter.
The Wildcats got the deficit back under double-digits, but the hosts responded to take a 43-26 lead into the half.
Freshman Dede Stevenson had the best game of her young collegiate career with a game-high 30 points to go along with nine rebounds. She's the first Wildcat to score 30 points since Raquel Pederzani set the school record with 41 points against Albertus Magnus on February 13, 2018.
The Judges were able to get the ball inside with 26 points in the paint to go along with a 49-31 rebounding advantage.
Brandeis was 20-24 from the free throw line compared to 4-6 by the Wildcats.
Johnson & Wales is back at home on Wednesday to play host to Trinity at 7 p.m.