NEW YORK, NEW YORK – In the first of four consecutive road games, the Brown women's basketball team (7-14, 1-6 Ivy League) fell 62-51 to the Columbia Lions (3-17, 1-5 Ivy League) in tonight's Ivy League contest, held in the Francis S. Levien gymnasium.
After senior Sheila Dixon's (Schenectady, NY) layup tied the score at 2-2 early in the first half, the Lions went on a 7-0 run. Junior Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ontario) ended the run with a layup, 5:41 into the half as the Bears trailed 9-4. Columbia pushed the lead to 10 points on a jump shot and three-pointer. Junior Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) answered with a three of her own, bringing the Bears to within seven points.
Sophomore guard Nelly Weledji (Overland Park, KS), helped chip away at the Lions lead, making a jump shot followed by a trey, bringing the Bears to within 5 points at 17-12. The Bears got as close as two points when a Clarke layup made the score 23-21 in favor of the Lions with 3:18 remaining in the half. However, Columbia would battle back and take a 32-25 lead into halftime.
Senior Caroline King (Valencia, PA) started the second half with a layup for the Bears, cutting the lead to five. The Bears and Lions continued to trade baskets when a three-pointer by sophomore Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, MA), cut the Bears deficit to five at 39-34 with 13:08 remaining in the second half. Unfortunately, the Lions took over the middle portion of the half with a 11-0 run, pushing the score to 50-34.
A Dixon jumper brought the Bears to within nine with 59 seconds remaining. The Lions, however, would go on to score their final seven points from the free-throw line and defeat the Bears by a 62-51 margin.
Dixon led the Bears in scoring with a game-high 17 points. Clarke followed with 14 and Weledji added seven points. Bikofsky contributed five points, while Beutel, King, freshman Natalie Ball (Orlando, FL), and junior Jordin Juker (Boise, ID) each added two points. Dixon also lead the Bears with five rebounds and four steals.
Brown will continue its road trip tomorrow with a tip-off against the Cornell Big Red in Ithaca, New York at 7:00pm.