February 25, 2012

Brown Women’s Basketball Downs Columbia, 75-63

New York, N.Y. – The combo of senior Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) and junior Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) proved to be too much for Columbia on Saturday night at Levien Gym as the Brown women's basketball team topped the Lions, 75-63. The Bears improved to 16-10 overall on the season and 7-5 in the Ivy League, while Columbia falls to 3-22 and 1-10 in conference play.

Daniels posted a game-high 25 points, dominating inside offensively for much of the contest. Nickel was near perfect from the field, shooting 6-for-7, on her way 16 points, netting four 3-pointers on five attempts.

Despite the 13 point victory, the first half proved to be tightly contested as neither team could pull away. After falling behind early in the game, a Nickel trey gave Brown the lead back, 13-12. It would be the last time the Bears would trail in the game.

Junior Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) was whistled for her second foul at 6:11 in the first half, forcing her out of the game and allowing her to only play nine minutes in the first stanza. The third-year wing struggled with fouls throughout, playing just 17 minutes in the game.

Dixon's teammates were able to pick her up however as the Bears expanded on a two-point halftime lead, starting the second half on a 14-6 run which included three 3-pointers for Brown, to open up a 10-point lead over the Lions.

Nickel showed just how locked in she was at the six-minute mark in the second, knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers to make it a 59-48 game.

Brown would go on to outscore the Lions by 10 in the second half, opening up a lead of 15 with 1:47 to play in game, its largest advantage of the matchup.

Nickel finished the night with 16 points, including a 4-of-5 performance from beyond the arc, while Hannah Passafuime netted 14 points and dished out six assists.

Tyler Simpson led the Cornell offense with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor and grabbed six rebounds. Taylor Ward also added 12 points and Taylor Ball chipped in with nine.

The Bears close out the regular season at home next weekend with games against Penn on Friday and Princeton on Saturday.