Providence, RI- Junior Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) and senior Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) netted 17 points apiece in Brown's season-opening game against the University of New Hampshire tonight, but it wasn't enough as the Wildcats earned a 62-57 victory against the Bears at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The Wildcats jumped out 7-0 to start the game, a lead that would not be relinquished. The Bears were able to cut that deficit to just two, 15-13, after a three pointer by Passafuime with 5:33 remaining in the first half, but UNH pushed it back up to six with 2:51 remaining after a layup by Denise Beliveau.
Dixon drained back-to-back baskets to bring the Bears back within four, but New Hampshire's Kelsey Hogan knocked in a three to extend its lead back up to seven. However, a Passafuime three right before the halftime buzzer decreased Brown's deficit to four, 26-22, at the intermission.
New Hampshire continued to roll after the half and gained as much as an 18-point lead midway through the second half after a three pointer by Cari Reed. With ten minutes left in the second half, the Bears made some great defensive stops and went on a 19-4 run over the next six minutes to cut the lead to three, but that was as close as they would get.
New Hampshire pushed its lead back up to six with two minutes left before Passafuime hit a three to cut it back down to three, but Brown went cold missing its next three shots as New Hampshire converted its last seven free throws to secure the win.
Dixon had a solid all-around game with 17 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals, while Passafuime added 17 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junior Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) and sophomore Maggie Smith (Lilburn, GA) each added six points and Clarke knocked in five. The Bears shot 32 percent from the field and just 18 percent from beyond the arc, while UNH was 37 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three.
New Hampshire was led by Kelsey Hogan's 17 points and nine rebounds, while Denise Beliveau combined for a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bears are back in action this Sunday, Nov. 13, at NJIT. The Bears tip-off against the Highlanders at 2 p.m.