Providence, RI- Led by Hannah Passafuime's (Soquel, CA) 16 points and career-high six assists, the Brown women's basketball team (4-4) defeated the visiting Rhode Island Rams (1-7), 66-54, in the first game of the annual Brown BEAR Basketball Classic this afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The game was close throughout much of the first half as the Rams and Bears traded baskets as the score was even 8-8 six minutes into the game. But after back-to-back treys by junior Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA), Brown earned an 18-11 advantage with 11:42 remaining.
The Bears continued to build their lead with the help of Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) and Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY), and eventually gained a 27-19 advantage with 5:11 to go. A three pointer by Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) with 10 seconds left in the half put the Bears ahead by 11 and sent the Bears into the half with a 32-21 lead.
The Bears continued to roll in the second half and went on a 14-6 run in the first seven minutes of the second half to gain a 46-27 lead after a jumper by Dixon. Bruno continued its hot shooting, going 48 percent from the field in the second half, and rolled to a 23 point lead, 54-31, after Dixon put in a layup with 6:55 remaining in the game.
Corinne Coia got to work for the Rams and scored eight of the team's final 10 points to cut their deficit down to 10 in the final seconds of the game. The Bears earned the win shooting 46 percent from the field, and 53 percent from beyond the arc (10-19). The Bears forced the Rams into 25 turnovers and did not allow URI to any three pointers (0-5).
Adding to Brown's offense was Sheila Dixon with 16 points and five rebounds, followed by Nickel with 14 points and three rebounds. Rhode Island was led by Emilie Cloutier's 17 points and seven boards, as Corinna Coia followed with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Brown will now play Providence College at 4 p.m. in the final game of the Brown BEAR Basketball Classic. Fairfield and Rhode Island tip-off at 2 p.m.