Providence, R.I. – Junior point guard Lauren Clarke netted 10 of her 13 points in the final four minutes of the game to lead the Brown women's basketball team to a come-from-behind victory over visiting Army on Wednesday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win improved the Bears' record to 5-6 overall, while the Black Knights dropped to 10-4.
Three Bears scored in double-figures this evening, with senior guard Sheila Dixon pacing the offense with 14 points and seven rebounds. Clarke combined for 13 points, four rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Sophie Bikofsky added 10 points and five rebounds.
"Our backcourt had terric poise and focus tonight," said Head Coach Jean Marie Burr. "Lauren (Clarke), Sheila (Dixon) and the team refused to settle. Our bench contributions were key with Sophie (Beutel), Jordin (Juker) and Natalie (Ball) coming up with huge rebounds. It was a cold shooting night on Williams Court, but our persistent teamwork shined."
Brown found itself down by nine at the intermission, with Army maintaining their lead until midway through the second half. However, rhe Bears roared back with a 10-2 run over a six-minute span to cut their deficit to one, 39-38, with 6:07 left in the game.
Army's Anna Simmers hit a jumper to increaseArmy's lead to three, but two free throws and a trey by Clarke handed Brown its first lead of the night, 43-42, with 4:06 on the clock. Simmer knocked down two more free throws to give Army a one-point lead, but Clarke nailed another trey to put Brown back ahead by two.
Olivia Schretzman knocked in the front end of a one-and-one to put the Black Knights within one, but Dixon came up with a big rebound to put the ball back in Brown's possession with 38 seconds to go. Clarke was fouled and sank both free throws, securing the 48-45 victory for Brown.
In the first half, both teams shot under 30 percent from the field, but Army went 8-of-10 from the free throw line and had a 23-21 advantage on the boards to gain a 31-22 lead.
Dixon kept the Bears close by scoring more than half of the team's first-half points, combining for 11 on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor.
The Bears ended the game shooting 30 percent from the field, while holding Army to 23 percent, including just 14 points in the second half. Brown won the battle of the boards, 48-43, but Army's Schretzman pulled down a game-high 11, followed by Anna Simmers with 10.
Army's Jen Hazlett led the offense with 10 points, followed by Simmers with nine.
The Bears will now travel to Lafayette for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 5.
Photo of Lauren Clarke by dspics.net