Ithaca, NY - Cornell's Clare Fitzpatrick put in a layup with four seconds remaining in the game to lead the Big Red to a 51-50 defeat over the visiting Brown women's basketball team at Newman Arena on Friday night. The loss dropped the Bears to 15-10 overall and 6-5 in the league, while Cornell improved to 11-13 overall and 5-5 in the league.
Junior Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) led the Brown offense with 16 points and six rebounds, followed by sophomore Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) with nine points and four rebounds. The Bears finished the game shooting 42 percent from the field and went 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Nickel led the Bears in the first half scoring 11 of her 16 points. The first 20 minutes saw eight lead changes and four ties, including a 25-25 halftime score. The Big Red were led by Shelby Lyman's 13 first half points, and went 42 percent from beyond the arc and 42 percent from the field.
The Big Red came out after the half fired up and went on a 13-6 run in the first five minutes to take a 38-31 lead over the Bears. A jumper in the paint by Aileen Daniels sparked a Brown 11-2 lead over the next eight minutes for Brown to take back a lead and hold a 42-40 edge over the Big Red with 7:55 left in the game.
The game was even at 45-45 at the 3:57 media timeout, but Cornell's Maka Anyanwu hit a jumper in the paint to take a two-point lead. Nickel hit a trey, and Cornell came back down to put in a layup to hold a 49-48 advantage with 1:37 left.
Aileen Daniels drove to the hoop and pulled up for the jumper with 16 seconds left to put the Bears ahead 50-49. Clare Fitzpatrick received the inbounds pass with four seconds left and put in a layup to give the Big Red a 51-50 lead over the Bears, and Brown's last second attempt fell short as Cornell earned the win.
Cornell's Lyman was the team's leading scorer with 13 points, followed by Clare Fitzpatrick with nine points and seven rebounds.
The Bears will now head to Columbia where they will take on the Lions at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Levien Gym.