Providence, RI- Junior guard Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) tallied her season's first double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Brown women's basketball team (3-4) fell 63-55 to Fairfield (3-2) on Wednesday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The Bears and Stags both got off to a slow start as Fairfield had just a 9-6 edge nearly eight minutes into the game. Dixon threw in a jumper to bring the Bears within one, and senior co-captain Hannah Passafuime knocked in a jumper to give Brown its second lead, and unfortunately last, of the night with 11:45 on the clock.
Fairfield then went on an 18-0 run over a span of 6:30, and junior guard Katelyn Linney led the charge as she lit up for 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Fairfield was 7-of-15 as a team from long range and was shooting 54 percent from the field. The Stags increased its lead to 28-10, but sophomore point guard Lauren Clarke broke the Bears' silence with a layup at 5:41.
Fairfield headed into halftime with a 35-17 lead, and were holding the Bears to just 21 percent shooting.
Brown rallied in the second half and opened the first five minutes on a 10-0 run to cut its deficit to nine, 38-29 after a steal by Dixon ended in a layup by sophomore Maggie Smith at the 14:44 mark. Fairfield pushed its lead back up to 13 just a couple minutes later, but jump shots by Dixon and a layup by Passafuime with just under seven minutes remaining in the game brought the bears within six, 48-42, of the Stags.
But Linney drained her seventh trey of the night as she went 7-of-13 for the night to push Fairfield leads back up to 11 with 4:18 left in the game, and the Bears could only get as close as six with 39 seconds remaining in the game after a jumper by Dixon. Linney sank two free throws with 37 seconds left to bring Fairfield's lead back up to eight, 63-55, to eventually end the game.
Dixon led Bears with 18 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Passafuime and Clarke with 11 points apiece. The Bears shot 34 percent for the game, including a 47 percent effort in the second half. The Bears dominated the Stags on the boards, 46-30, and also committed fewer turnovers, 15-12.
Leading Fairfield was Linney with 26 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the floor, including 7-of-13 from the trey. Fairfield's next scorers were Alexys Vazquez and Desiree Pina with eight points each.
The Bears will be back in action this weekend as it hosts the annual Brown BEAR Basketball Classic Dec. 3-4. Brown will tip-off against Rhode Island at 2 p.m. on Dec.3, followed by Providence College vs. Fairfield at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Rhode Island will take on Fairfield at 2 p.m., followed by the Bears vs. Friars at 4 p.m.
Photo of Sheila Dixon '13 by dspics.net