December 6, 2009

Women’s Hoops Defeats Morgan State, 65-62, in Overtime Thriller

Led by Christina Johnson and Hannah Passafuime’s 17 points apiece, the Brown women’s basketball team (3-6) earned a thrilling 65-62 overtime victory over Morgan State University (3-4) in the consolation game of the Brown BEAR Basketball Classic. Passafuime was selected to the All-Tournament team, as was Morgan State’s leading scorer Corin Adams, who put in a game-high 20 points this afternoon.

Brown’s Johnson and Passafuime combined for 18 points in the first 20 minutes of play to lead the Bears to a 28-26 halftime advantage over the visiting Lady Bears of Morgan State. Morgan State’s only lead of the half came in the first minute of play after a Theresa Davis three pointer,  but the Bears took control of a lead that was never relinquished after a three by junior Sarah Delk at the 18:09 mark.

A three pointer by Passafuime gave Bruno a 15-5 lead seven minutes into the first half, but Morgan State’s Corin Adams hit back-to-back three pointers to bring her squad within six. Two free throws by Adams then cut the team’s deficit to just two, 28-26, as both teams headed into the locker room at the half.

Adams led Morgan State’s offense with 12 points as the team shot just 29 percent from the field. Brown was led by Johnson and Passafuime’s nine points apiece, but Morgan State held a 22-15 advantage in rebounds.

The second half was an exciting one, as the score was tied nine times and there were six lead changes in the final 25 minutes of play. Back-to-back buckets by Theresa Davis gave Morgan State its second lead of the afternoon, 30-28, but the Bears answered back with lay-ups from both Johnson and Bonds. Morgan State continued to find holes in Brown’s defense, and gained a four-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in regulation with the help of both Davis and Mahala Thomas.

Sarah Delk’s free throws brought Bruno back within one with 8:26 left, and freshman Caroline King brought down a big rebound and passed it to Courtney Lee who went the length of the floor for a layup to give the lead back to the Bears at 7:53.

Morgan State then went ahead two points at the 6:49 mark, but after a Brown timeout Passafuime nailed a trey to give Brown a 47-46 edge. The game was once again tied at 50 with just under four minutes remaining, but a bucket by Theresa Davis gave Morgan State a two-point advantage with 2:36 left in the game.

With 1:15 left in the game, Corin Adams sank two free throws to give MSU a 66-64 lead. Brown’s shot attempt on the other end was unsuccessful, giving Morgan State the ball back. Courtney Lee picked up her fourth steal of the game and dished it to Christina Johnson who put in a layup to tie it back up with just 37 left on the clock. Morgan State had the last shot attempt of the half but missed, sending the game into overtime tied at 56-56.

Corin Adams sank two free throws to score the first two points of overtime with at the 2:42 mark to go ahead 58-56, but rookie Lindsay Nickel put in a jumper to tie the game. The Bears got the ball back and Johnson drove to the hole and got fouled and knocked in both free throws to give Brown the two-point lead. Once again, Adams drew a foul driving to the bucket and drained both from the charity stripe to tie the game back up at 60 with 1:20 left in overtime.

A jumper off the glass by Courtney Lee with just under a minute put Brown back on top once again, and Nickel netted a free throw to extend Brown’s lead to three with 24 seconds left in the overtime period. Passafuime then hit two free throws to give Brown a 65-60 lead with 11 seconds left, but Morgan State cut the deficit to three after a three pointer by Tireion Turner to end the game in Brown’s favor, 65-62.

Hannah Passafuime and Christina Johnson paced the Bears’ offense with 17 points apiece, as senior point guard Courtney Lee added eight points and had a season-high 10 rebounds and five assists. Sarah Delk added nine points and brought down six rebounds, as the team ended the game shooting 35 percent from the field. Corin Adams lit up for 20 points for Morgan State as Theresa Davis followed with a double-double on 17 points and 10 rebounds. Morgan State shot 33 percent from the field and were 17-of-25 from the free-throw line. The Bears went 20-of-26 from the line as Delk led the team going six-of-six.


The Bears are back in action when it takes on in-state rival University of Rhode Island at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Ryan Center.

Brown BEAR Classic Tournament Champions: Univ. of Massachusetts

All-Tournament Team:

UMass: Diatiema Hill
UMass: Kristina Danella

Quinnipiac: Kathleen Neyens

Brown: Hannah Passafuime

Morgan State: Corin Adam