Providence, RI- The Brown University women's basketball team fell to the University of Pennsylvania, 52-32, this evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Penn's Alyssa Baron put up 13 points while Brianna Bradford netted 12 to lead the Quakers to its first Ivy League win improving to 7-10 overall with a 1-2 mark in the Ivy League. Brown sophomore guard Sheila Dixon led the Bears offense with 13 points and five rebounds as the Bears dropped to 4-14 and 0-4 in the league.
Junior co-captain Aileen Daniels and Sheila Dixon combined for 14 of the Bears' 17 first-half points as the squad shot 33 percent (7-21) from the field. The Quakers came out hot going 40 percent from the field, but the Bears stuck with them through the first eight minutes of the game. However, the Quakers pulled away and gained as much as a 13-point lead with the help of Baron's 11 points and Jess Knapp's six in the first 20 minutes.
The game was tied 6-6 after the first four minutes, but Baron hit a three pointer and Caroline Nicholson drove to the hoop and put in a layup to give Penn a five-point advantage. However, Brown's Caroline King made one of two free throws and Maggie Smith added a layup to cut its deficit to two, 11-9, at the 13:05 mark.
Penn then went on a 10-2 run over the next eight minutes to extend its lead to 21-11. Brown's Dixon broke the silence with a three pointer with five minutes to go in the half, but Penn pushed its lead back up to 13 to head into halftime with a 30-17 lead.
Neither time was inspired after the intermission as both squads went scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second half. But sophomore guard Lindsay Nickel hit a big trey to end the drought and put the score at 30-20.
The Quakers finally made their first bucket after two more minutes of play when Brianna Bradford nailed two free throws at the 11:48 mark. It was just the spark Penn needed as they went on a 17-2 run to extend its lead to 47-22 with 6:26 remaining in the game.
Passafuime broke the silence to cut Brown's deficit to 23 with five minutes to go as Brown scored the next seven unanswered points. However, Penn's lead was just too much to come back from, as the squad eventually fell 52-32.
Dixon led the Brown offense with 13 points and five boards, followed by Daniels with eight points and eight rebounds. The Bears finished the game shooting just 27 percent from the field and were forced into 23 turnovers. The Quakers out-rebounded the Bears 39-34 tonight, as Brown forced Penn into 20 turnovers. Penn shot 36 percent for the game and went 14-of-22 from the charity stripe.
Brown will be back in action next weekend when it travels to Columbia on Friday, Feb. 4 and Cornell on Saturday, Feb. 5. Tip-offs are scheduled for 7:00 p.m.