Bears Topple New Hampshire 66-54; Earn First Win of 2010-11 Season

Bears  Topple New Hampshire 66-54; Earn First Win of 2010-11 Season

Durham, NH- Junior Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) and sophomore Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) netted 14 points apiece to help lead the Brown women's basketball team (1-2) to a 66-54 victory over host New Hampshire (1-2) on Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Bears went on an early 9-0 run just a few minutes into the first half to gain a 12-5 lead at the 14:19 mark. Passafuime fired off a three, and junior Lindsay Steele (Erial, NJ) hit a jumper and a three pointer to give the Bears a 15-point lead with nine minutes remaining in the first half. New Hampshire's Sarah Frankenberger knocked in two free throws to bring the Wildcats within nine but Steele put in a layup just before the half to extend the Bears lead back up to 11 and put the score at 35-24 at the half.

The Bears went 14-of-29 from the field in the first half as Passafuime led the way with 10 points as Steele went 4-for-5 from the field to add nine points. Brown's defense held New Hampshire's offense to 24 percent shooting from the floor, and forced the Wildcats into 17 first-half turnovers.

New Hampshire's Cari Reed knocked in a jumper and a three pointer to cut its deficit to six two minutes into the second half, but the Bears continued to roll and never relinquished the lead it gained.

Freshman point guard Lauren Clarke added 10 points in the second half to lead the scoring, as Bears out-rebounded the Wildcats 21-14. Bruno shot 57 percent from beyond the arc as Brown finished 46 percent from the field.

Four Bears scored in double-digits this afternoon, with Passafuime and Nickel leading the attack with 14 points each. Steele threw in 11 points and Clarke added 10 points, four assists and two steals.

Cari Reed was New Hampshire's top scorer with 14 points and seven rebounds, and Sarah Frankenberger netted 10.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday, when it hosts Bryant University at 7:00 p.m. for the team's first home game of the season. Then, Brown heads to New York to compete in the Iona Thanksgiving Tournament from Nov. 27-28.