January 28, 2011

Tigers Roar Past Bears, 70-48

Providence, RI- Led by Addie Micir's 18 points, the Princeton University Tigers rolled to a 70-48 victory over the Brown women's basketball team to extend its Ivy League win streak to 21 while improving its record to 13-3 overall and move to 2-0 in the league. Sophomore guard Lindsay Nickel led Brown's offense with 11 points, while the team dropped to 4-13 overall and are now 0-3 in league play.

Princeton's Micir and Lauren Edwards combined for 20 points in the first half as the Tigers used 45 percent shooting from the field and 55 percent from beyond the arc to take a 35-22 lead at the half.

The Tigers jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first four minutes of play, but the Bears cut its deficit to two just a few minutes later after a three pointer by Nickel. Then, junior co-captain Hannah Passafuime nailed a trey at 13:42 to take Brown's first and only lead of the night making the score 12-11.

Princeton then went on a 12-2 run over the next six minutes of the half to gain a 26-14 advantage, but Brown's Nickel hit the next five points and freshman Jacqueline Schoninger drained a three with just over a minute remaining in the half to bring Bruno within eight. However, Princeton's Nicole Hung knocked down a layup and Edwards hit a three to push Princeton's lead to 13 at the intermission.

The Tigers proved to be too much for the Bears as the squad started the second half on a 13-2 run in the first five minutes to take a 48-24 lead. But a jumper by junior co-captain Aileen Daniels at the 14:29 mark sparked the Bears to go on a 9-2 run to cut Brown's deficit to 16 with 8:50 on the clock. The Tigers got back on track and began knocking down shots to take a 24-point lead with just under three minutes remaining in the game, and eventually earned a 70-48 win.

The Bears shot just 30 percent from the field for the game and went 30 percent from beyond the arc. Nickel led the offense with 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the floor and handed out three assists, while Daniels followed with seven points, five boards and three assists. The Bears were without rookie point guard and third-best scorer, Lauren Clarke tonight, who has started in 16 straight games before sidelined due to injury.

Princeton's Micir led all scorers with 18 points, while Edwards knocked in 13 and Devona Allgood earned a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and picked up five blocks.

The Bears will now host the University of Pennsylvania tomorrow at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center is Coach Jean Burr Camp Night and also Rhode Island Special Olympics night. The Bears will also be signing autographs at the conclusion of the game.