November 28, 2009

Seton Hall Earns 58-57 Victory against Brown in LIU Turkey Classic

Brown’s valiant effort in the final few minutes of play came up short as the squad fell 58-57 to Seton Hall during the consolation game of the LIU Turkey Classic. Kandice Green and Ebonie Williams led Seton Hall’s offense with 13 points apiece, and Christina Johnson and Lindsay Nickel paced Brown with 14 points each. Johnson strung together two solid performances this weekend and was selected to the All-Tournament team. She combined for 24 points, nine rebounds and went 8-of-8 from the free throw line.

Freshman Lindsay Nickel scored 11 points in the first 20 minutes of play to help the Brown women’s basketball team head into halftime tied 31-31 with the Seton Hall Pirates.

Despite Nickel scoring the team’s first five points and giving Brown it’s only lead of the afternoon, the Pirates rallied and gained control of the lead and would not give Brown another sniff of a lead of their own. Both teams traded baskets throughout the first stanza, but Seton Hall extended its lead to six points at the 8:44 mark with the help of Kandice Green’s 11 points which included a 7-of-8 effort from the free throw line.

Down by six, Brown’s Christina Johnson drove to the hole to make the score 23-19 with 5:56 remaining, and after a Seton Hall turnover Johnson drove to the hoop again and made the bucket and the free throw after the foul to bring Bruno within one. But Green went to work and scored the team’s next six points to give Seton Hall another five point lead with 3:50 on the clock.

Sophomore Aileen Daniels then nailed a jumper from the corner, but Seton Hall answered right back with a jump shot of its own to maintain its five-point advantage. The Bears made a run in the final two minutes of the period, as Nickel hit her third trey of the half to even the score at 29 with 20 seconds left. A Brown foul put Green back on the line and converted both, but Johnson put in a jumper in the paint to tie the score 31-31 at the buzzer as the teams headed into halftime.

Nickel scored 11 points on four-of-seven shooting from the field, and Johnson added seven. Brown held an 18-17 advantage in rebounds, and recorded just seven turnovers in the half.

Seton Hall came out of the locker room ready to compete in the second half, as they shot out to a five-point lead just four minutes into play. The Pirates limited Brown to just one shot and out-rebounded the squad 8-5 by the first media timeout.

Johnson sank two free throws at the 14:38 mark to cut Brown’s deficit to five, but Nicole Emory put in a jump shot and Ebony Williams hit a trey to give the Pirates a 10-point lead with 12:49 on the clock. A Courtney Lee free throw brought Bruno within seven, but a rebound and put back by Whitney Wood extended Seton Hall’s lead back up to nine.

The Bears continued to shave a few points off its deficit throughout the remainder of the game and made its final and best run of the game in the final minute of play. A bucket by Daniels brought Brown within three with 50 seconds remaining on the clock and Hannah Passafuime drove to the hole and put the score at 58-57 with 33.5 seconds left. The Bears then forced Seton Hall into a shot clock violation and had the ball with 3.1 seconds left in the game, but were unable to score in the final seconds, and fell 58-57.

The Bears will host Boston University on Dec. 2, and will then host its annual Brown BEAR Basketball Classic where it will take UMass on Dec. 5 and either Quinnipiac or Morgan State the following afternoon.