Bears Prevail in First Ivy League Game; Defeats Yale, 68-67

NEW HAVEN, Conn - With the game tied at 67-67, senior captain Sheila Dixon drained a free throw with one second left in the game to give the Brown women's basketball team an exciting win in its first Ivy League game of the 2012-13 campaign. The win improved the Bears to 7-8 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League, while Yale dropped to 5-10 and 0-1 in the league.

Junior point guard Lauren Clarke lit the gym up as she scored 20 points and handed out five assists in her 40 minutes of play this afternoon, while Dixon added 18 points, pulled down seven boards and picked up four steals.

Down by just five points, 28-23, at halftime, the Bears outscored the Bulldogs 9-4 in the first four minutes to even the score at 32-32. A layup by Clarke then put Brown ahead by two at the 14:43 mark, and a layup by Sophie Beutel gave Brown a six-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

A three pointer by Yale's Allie Messimer at 8:47 brought the Bulldogs within three, but the Bears built their lead up to seven after layups by Bikofsky and Clarke a minute later.

Yale cut the deficit back down to three with five minutes remaining in the game, but the Bears were not deterred and a jumper by Dixon pushed Brown's lead back to seven with 2:26 on the clock.

A jumper by Yale's Sarah Halejian with 35 seconds left brought Yale within two, and another one by Amanda Tyson 30 seconds later tied the score 67-67. Then, with one second left in the game, a foul on Yale's Megan Vasquez sent Dixon to the line. She missed the first, but drained the second to give Bruno the one-point victory.

The Bears shot 46 percent from the field, out-rebounded Yale 44-35, and went 16-of-22 from the charity stripe. Bikofsky added greatly to the Brown offense with 11 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 performance from the free throw line.

Halegian paced the Yale offense with 14 points, followed by Messimer with 12. Megan Vasquez added nine points, nine rebounds and handed out five assists.

The Bears will next host Yale at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Pizzitola Sports Center.