February 4, 2012

Brown Triumphs Over Penn in Overtime, 59-55

Philadelphia, Pa. – It took overtime at the Palestra on Saturday night, but in the end it was Brown who came out on top, taking a 59-55 win over Penn. Senior Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, Calif.) scored seven of Brown's 11 overtime points to help the Bears back to .500 in Ivy League play. Passafuime finished with a game-high 19 points and did it when it mattered most, as the two teams were deadlocked at both the half, and at the end of regulation.

After a tough battle against Ivy League-leading Princeton on Friday night, Brown fought its way to a 1-1 road trip, improving to 12-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play.  Penn falls to 8-11 and 1-4 in the league.

Junior Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, N.Y.) registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while her classmate Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, Calif.) also had a career-high 10 boards to go along with 7 points.

Senior forward Aileen Daniels (Wadwick, N.J.) was second on the team with 15 points and also tallied two three-pointers, five rebounds and three steals. Penn was lead by guard Alyssa Baron who had a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds.

The Bears held and early 12-5 lead to start the game, but the Quakers fed off of their home crowd and got back in to the contest, using a 10-2 run to take the advantage away from the Brown.

Bruno quickly retook the lead on a layup by sophomore point guard Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.Y.) and held the lead until a 3-pointer by Penn's Meghan McCullough tied the game at 21-all.

The evenly-match played continued in the second half as neither team could get out to more than a three-point lead until Passafuime hit two free throws to put Brown up 40-36 with 5:48 remaining in the second.

It was a fast and furious final minutes of regulation as Dixon's jumper with 1:10 to go put Brown up 48-46, and looked to be the clinching score before. However, Penn's Kara Boneberger's free throw with just 15 seconds left sent the game to overtime.

Penn scored the first basket of the extra frame, but from there it was all Bears, as Brown outscored the Quakers 11-5 in the final 4:03, getting two free throws from Nickel with two seconds left to seal the victory.

The Bears out-rebounded the Quakers 59-43, and shot 76 percent from the free throw line going 19-of -25.  Passafuime led Brown on the charity stripe with an 8-of-8 effort, while Dixon went 4-for-5.

The Bears will be back in action at home next weekend when they host Columbia and Cornell on Friday, February 10 and 11.