PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – After a snowy weekend, the Brown women's basketball team (7-13, 1-5 Ivy League) dropped a 65-48 decision to the Penn Quakers (10-9, 3-2 Ivy League) in tonight's Ivy League contest, held in the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Penn grabbed an early lead on three consecutive lay-ups, but a jump shot from freshman Elise Sharpe (Tipp City, OH) put Brown on the board just under four minutes into the first half. The Quakers' smothering defense continued to keep the home team at bay however, as the squad was held to just 11 points in the first ten minutes of action.
While Brown attempted to rally, A nine-point run by the visiting team gave them a 16-point advantage as the clock wound down, but sophomore Katie Mahoney (Colchester, CT) sunk two jumpers and a free throw to keep the Bears in the game. A lay-up by senior co-captain Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) capped the scoring for the first half, sending Penn into the locker room with an 11-point edge over Brown.
The first 20 minutes of action was marked by an abundance of turnovers on both sides, but each team turned in solid shooting percentages, with Penn nailing 50 percent of the shots they took from the field and the Bears sinking 43.5 percent. The squads shot an identical 33.3 percent from long range prior to halftime.
The Bears scored their first points of the second half when junior guard Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) sunk two free throws, and Brown proceeded to trim Penn's lead to eight with 13:17 left to play. However, this was the closest the Bears would come, as the Quakers were able to pull away throughout the course of the second frame.
When Brown got into foul trouble with ten minutes left to play, Penn's was able to capitalize from the free throw line, building a 21-point lead with just two minutes of action remaining. Solid defense and two consecutive lay-ups from Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, OR) and Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, MA) cut the advantage to 17, but the Quakers still walked away with a 65-48 victory over the Bears.
Penn's Alyssa Baron tallied game-high numbers in several categories, contributing 19 points, nine rebounds and five steals to the Quakers' win. Clarke led the Bears with 13 points over the course of the evening, including 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Bears' had to battle for points throughout the game, as they were held to 32.7 percent from the floor by the Quakers' defense. Offensively, Penn shot 45.1 percent over 40 minutes of action, including 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
Several Brown players notched career-highs in the loss however, led by Mahoney's seven points, two assists and two steals. Sharpe scored a career-high nine points and snatched five rebounds, while freshman Natalie Ball (Orlando, FL) contributed three assists and five steals, both personal bests.
Brown will begin a four-game road series next weekend, as the Bears head to New York City on Friday, February 15 to take on the Columbia Lions at 7:00pm before traveling upstate to tip-off against the Cornell Big Red in Ithaca, New York on Saturday, Feburary 16, also at 7:00pm.