Providence, RI- Junior co-captain Aileen Daniels scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds for the Bears tonight, but it wasn't enough to overcome NJIT's second half scoring outburst as the squad fell 63-61 at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Highlanders improved to 3-9 on the year while the Bears dropped to 4-10.
The Bears jumped out to an 18-4 lead in the first 11 minutes of the game, and were able to hold on for a 33-19 lead at the half. Brown shot 37 percent from the field and held the Highlanders to just 25 percent shooting, as Daniels led the way with 10 points.
Brown was able to maintain its lead over the first five minutes of the second stanza, but NJIT came to life and made a 16-8 run over the next seven minutes to cut its deficit to five with 8:36 remaining in the game. Freshman Sophie Beutel and sophomore Lindsay Nickel put in layups to push Brown's lead back up to nine, but NJIT stormed back with a 10-4 run to cut its deficit to two, 59-57, after a three pointer by Rayven Johnson with 3:54 left on the clock.
A jumper by Ivana Seric at the 2:50 mark evened the score at 59, and NJIT earned its first lead of the night with 1:13 remaining after a free throw by Jessica Gerald. Brown freshman Lauren Clarke picked up a foul with 14 seconds left and sank two clutch free throws, but Gerald came back down the court and knocked in a jumper and drew a foul. She made the free throw with two seconds remaining to take a two-point lead, not enough time for the Bears to get a shot off falling to the Highlanders, 63-61.
Brown shot 36 percent from the field for the game and was led by Daniels' 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes. Nickel threw in 11 points and Sheila Dixon chipped in with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists. The Bears dominated the Highlanders on the boards, out-rebounding them 42-32 while also forcing them into five more turnovers with 21 for the game.
NJIT had four players in double-figure scoring, with Gerald leading the way with 18 points. Kimberly Dweck added 12 points and five assists, and Uju Nwankwo chipped in with 11. Rayven Johnson earned a double-double for NJIT netting 10 points and bringing down a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Bears closed out their non-conference schedule tonight, and begin Ivy League competition next Friday when it travels to Yale for a 7 p.m. game in New Haven.