March 3, 2012

Ivy Champion Tigers Defeat Bears 77-60 on Senior Night

Providence, RI- Princeton's Devona Allgood tallied 21 points and Niveen Rasheed scored 18 to lead the Tigers to a 77-60 victory over the Brown women's basketball team on senior night at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears dropped to 16-12 overall and evened their Ivy League record to 7-7 to conclude the 2011-12 season, while Princeton improved to 23-4 and remained undefeated with a 13-0 Ivy record.

Senior co-captain Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) led Brown's attack with 13 points and six rebounds, followed by junior guard Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) with 11 points, four rebounds and two steals. Freshman Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, MA) had a career-high 10 points for the Bears and tied her career-high in rebounds with five.

The hot shooting Tigers came out shooting 59 percent from the field in the first half connecting on 17-of-29 field goals to take a 46-27 lead over the Bears at the intermission.

Princeton sprinted out to an 18-9 lead seven minutes into the game as Niveen Rasheed and Lauren Edwards combined for 16 of the Tigers 18 points. However, junior guard Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) hit back-to-back jumpers to cut Brown's deficit to six, 20-14, at 10:57, but Princeton pulled away and gained a 21-point lead, its largest of the night, with 3:21 remaining in the half after a free throw by Rasheed.

Brown cut Princeton's lead to 19 after a three by sophomore point guard Lauren Clarke and a free throw by Maggie Smith to head into halftime with a 46-27 deficit.

In the second half, the Bears were able to cut their deficit to just 13 six minutes into the stanza, and a layup by Passafuime at 10:34 brought the Bears within 11. But that was as close as Brown would come for the rest of the night, as the Tigers ended the game with a 17-point advantage.

Brown shot 48 percent from the field (22-46) and went 47 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-17), but despite Brown's solid numbers, the Tigers went 52 percent from the field and connected on 14-of-19 from the free throw line.

Brown's 16-11 overall record was the team's best finish since the Bears' Ivy League championship season when the team went 18-10 in 2005-06.