Brown Plays Tough But Falls to Princeton, 80-51

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY – The Brown women's basketball team (9-19, 3-11 Ivy League) concluded its 2012-2013 season this evening with an 80-51 loss to the Princeton Tigers (21-6, 12-1 Ivy League) at Jadwin Gym. With the win, the Tigers clinched the Ivy League title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament.

Senior tri-captain Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, New York) and sophomore Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, MA) led the Bears, each tallying a game-high 16 points. Dixon also had an impressive seven rebounds over the course of the game. Senior Caroline King (Valencia, PA) netted seven points, and junior Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) had a game-high three steals.

Niveen Rasheed led the Tigers, scoring 14 points while pulling down nine rebounds and contributing five assists, both game-highs.

Princeton grabbed an early lead on two free throw shots by Rasheed, but Brown charged back, leading by as many as eight in the opening minutes of the game on two free throw shots by Bikofsky. With 10:48 to go, the home team earned a one-point advantage, but the Bears stood strong, reclaiming their lead several times as the two teams battled back and forth.

The Tigers were up by five with just under six minutes left in the first half, when two consecutive long-range shots by Dixon and Bikofsky pushed the Bears ahead by one. The teams exchanged single point leads as the clock wound down on the first 20 minutes of action and Dixon sunk two free throws to end the half, but Princeton headed to the locker room with a 33-32 edge over Brown.

The Bears were impressive against the top team in the league in the first, shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range. Princeton was 38.5 from the field, and 33.3 percent from long distance.

Fighting for sole claim of the Ivy League title, the Tigers came out fighting, grabbing a 10 point lead with 14:21 left to play in the contest. Matching lay-ups from junior Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ontario) and Dixon brought the Bears within seven points with 13:30 on the clock, but that was as close as they would come, as the Tigers responded with an unanswered 12 point run to take control of the game.

Brown continued to make shots down the stretch, but the team couldn't reckon with Princeton in the second half, as the Tigers played to an 80-51 win over the Bears.

The home team had the edge in shooting from the field over the course of the game, going 42.9 percent to the visitor's 37.5 percent, but the Bears were more impressive from long-range, hitting 40 percent and holding the Tigers' to 33.3 percent. Both teams were hot on the free throw line, with Brown hitting 77.8 percent of its shots and Princeton sinking 70.6 percent.

The game concluded the 2012-2013 season for Brown women's basketball. The Bears finished with a 9-19 overall record and a 3-11 mark in the Ivy League.