New Britain, CT- Sophomore Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) earned her first collegiate double-double when she scored 10 points and brought down a career-high 10 rebounds and five steals to help a second-half effort by the Brown women's basketball team that fell just short of Central Connecticut State University, 52-44.
Freshman Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) and junior Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) combined for 12 of Brown's 19 first-half points as the squad connected on just 7 of 24 shots from the field. CCSU built an 18-point advantage on 47 percent shooting from the field, including 10 points from Alexzandria Dowdy.
But the Bears weren't going to back down without a fight, and began to slowly chip away at their deficit. A Dixon three-pointer with 12:39 remaining in the half brought the Bears within 12, but CCSU's Jaleen Thomas answered with a three-point play after a foul on a layup and pushed its lead back up to 15.
Another three pointer by Dixon put the score at 52-40 with just over a minute remaining in the game, and she then sunk two free throws with 45 seconds on the clock to come within 10. Junior guard Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) nailed a jumper to cut the Brown's deficit to just eight, 52-44, but time ran out to cut Brown's run short.
The Bears outscored Central Connecticut 25-15, as Passafuime and Dixon led the attack with 11 and 10 points, respectively, all in the second half. Clarke pitched in with six points and six rebounds, and Daniels threw in six points and pulled down four rebounds.
CCSU was led by Kerianne Dugan's 12 points and nine rebounds, as Dowdy followed with 10 points and two rebounds. The Blue Devils shot 38 percent from the field and edged the Bears in rebounds, 43-40.
The Bears will continue its quest for its first win of the 2010-11 season when the squad travels to Durham, N.H., for a game against New Hampshire on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 4:00 p.m.