February 22, 2013

Bears’ Second Half Surge Comes Up Just Short; Brown Falls to Harvard 77-71

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSSETTS – A Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) three-pointer brought the Brown women's basketball team within two points of Harvard with 29 seconds left in the game.  However, the Crimson would end the game on a 6-2 run, en route to a 77-71 victory.  Brown falls to 8-16 overall and 1-8 in the Ivy League.  Harvard improves to 5-3 in the Ivy League and 14-8 overall.

The Bears jumped out to an early 8-4 lead, 3:24 into the first half, on the strength of two Natalie Ball (Orlando, FL) jumpers and layups by Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) and Caroline King (Valencia, PA).  Harvard would respond with an 8-0 run, taking a 12-8 lead, and causing Brown to call a timeout at 5:33.  Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, MA) would respond for the Bears, sinking a three-pointer and cutting the deficit to one. 

Harvard would push its lead back to six, before Bikofsky hit two more three pointers, tying the game at 17-17.  The Bears then caught fire from the floor, making their next six shots.  Bikofsky, Dixon, and King combined to give Brown a 30-26 lead with 8:05 left in the half.  The Bears and Crimson would battle for the rest of the stanza and head into the intermission tied at 37-37.

Harvard started the second half with two straight baskets before Sophie Beutel (Toronto, ONT) added a layup at 2:29.  The Crimson continued their torrid shooting, going on a 14-4 run and extending their lead to 55-43.  With 10:34 left in the second half, Brown found itself down by a score of 60-49. 

The Bears started their comeback when Bikofsky hit a jumper with 9:57 on the clock.  Beutel and Bikosky each made a pair of free throws, cutting the lead to five with 8 minutes remaining.  A Jordin Juker (Boise, ID) jumper and two Clarke free throws brought the Bears to within three points with less than six minutes to play.  After trading baskets with the Crimson for five minutes, Dixon would bring the Bears within two, nailing a three-pointer with 29 seconds to play.  That was as close as the Bears would get; Harvard hit six of eight free throws in the waning seconds to seal the victory.

Bikofsky lead the Bears in scoring with 19 points, hitting four of nine from behind the arc.  Dixon added 13; Ball and King both netted 10 points.  Nine points for Clarke, six for Beutel, and four points for Juker, rounded out the Brown scoring.  Juker led all Bears with eight rebounds while Dixon added five rebounds and six assists.

The Bears continue action tomorrow evening when they travel to Hanover, New Hampshire, to face Dartmouth in a 7:00 p.m. contest.  Brown returns home on March 1st and 2nd when they host Cornell and Columbia in a pair of 6:00 p.m. games.