January 20, 2012

Balanced Attack Leads to 60-55 Victory over Yale

New Haven, Conn. – The Brown University women's basketball team (10-6, 1-1 Ivy) earned its first Ivy League victory with a thrilling 60-55 win over Yale (9-7, 1-1 Ivy) on Friday evening at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.   

Three Bears scored in double figures, as sophomore point guard Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) led the attack with 15 points, including a 5-for-5 performance from the floor, brought down five rebounds and handed out three assists.  Following Clarke was junior guard/forward Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) with 11 points and six rebounds, and Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) with 10 points and five rebounds. 

The Bears finished the night shooting 42 percent from the field and went just 3-of-11 from beyond the arc (27 percent).  Brown also out-rebounded Yale tonight, pulling down 34 to the Bulldogs 33. 

The Bears and Bulldogs battled throughout the first half as Brown was searching for its first Ivy League win of the season.   The score, tied four times with three lead changes, was tight throughout the stanza, as neither team gained more than a four-point advantage.  But the Bears were able to gain a two-point lead, 26-24, to head into the locker room at halftime with momentum on their side.

The Bears came out of the locker room matching the intensity they displayed in the first and extended their lead to 37-33 with 11:37 left in the game.   But the Bulldogs crept back within one, 39-38, with 7:41 on the clock and Alex Osborn-Jones followed with a jumper to give Yale a 40-39 lead just over a minute later.

Passafuime put in a layup and made the free throw awarded to her after the foul was called to give the Bears the a 42-41 advantage.  Yale's Megan Vasquez knocked in free throws to hand the Bulldogs a 45-44 lead with 3:56, but Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) hit a jumper in the paint to put the Bears back on top. 

Sarah Halejian hit a big three to cut Yale's deficit to two, 52-50, with 1:07 remaining in the game, but a Nickel layup pushed the Bears' lead back up to four with one minute on the clock.  A three by Janna Graf rattled in and out with 45 seconds to go, and the Bulldogs began fouling as the Bears eventually clinched the win, 60-55.

The Bears are back in action on Friday vs. Dartmouth and will then head to Harvard for a Sunday matchup against the Crimson.