Ithaca, NY- Led by sophomore Hannah Passafuime's 15 points and eight rebounds, the Brownearned its first Ivy League victory with a 66-53 win over Cornell University on Saturday night at Newman Arena. The Bears improve to 5-15 overall with a 1-5 mark in the Ivy League, as Cornell drops to 5-15 and 2-4.
Brown's late arrival into Ithaca last night did not seem to affect the Bears, as the squad came out hot in the first half, shooting 43 percent from the field, to gain as much as a 19-point lead. Sophomore Lindsay Nickel and freshman Lauren Clarke combined for 17 points to give the Bears a 33-17 lead at the half.
The Bears bolted out to a 10-0 lead after the first five minutes of the half, but Cornell's Clare Fitzpatrick broke the Big Red's silence and knocked in back-to-back layups to cut the team's deficit to six.
Brown kept rolling as freshman Lauren Clarke nailed a three pointer and then picked up a steal down at the other end and drove to the hoop for two to extend Brown's lead to 15-4 at the 11:47 media timeout. Brown went on to outscore Cornell 15-8 in an eight-minute span to build its lead to 30-12. Cornell was able to cut its deficit to 16 heading into the locker room at half.
Hannah Passafuime scored the first nine points for Brown to start the second half to help Bruno to a 42-23 lead six minutes after the intermission. Nickel followed with a trey and freshman Maggie Smith put in a layup to give Bruno a 21-point lead, its largest of the night.
However, Cornell did not go down without a fight and was able to cut its deficit to just 11 in the final few minutes of the game with the help of Clare Fitzpatrick's 16 second-half points. But that was as close as the Big Red would get eventually falling 66-53.
Adding to the Bears offense was Lauren Clarke with 13 points and Lindsay Nickel added 12 points and five rebounds. Brown finished the game shooting 43 percent from the field and forced the Big Red into 20 turnovers.
Clare Fitzpatrick led the Cornell attack with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Allyson DiMagno pulled down a game-high nine boards and added four points for the Big Red. Cornell finished the game 38 percent from the field and went just 1-for-12 from beyond the arc. The Big Red did out-rebound the Bears, however, 40-34.
Brown is back in action next weekend when it hosts Dartmouth at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, and then Harvard on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m, at the Pizzitola Sports Center.