SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Senior co-captain Lauren Clarke's (Colts Neck, N.J.) career-high 27 points, including 17 in the second half, rallied the Brown women's basketball team to a thrilling 66-61 win over in-state rival, Bryant, on Wednesday at the Chace Athletic Center.
The Bears improved to 2-1 this season and ended a two-game losing streak to the Bulldogs, who fell to 1-3 overall.
After the Bears jumped out to an early 9-8 lead, Bryant countered with an 8-0 run to take a 16-9 lead after the under-12 timeout. Clarke's 10 points in the first half kept the Bears in it, as she shot 4-of-8 from the field including two treys.
Brown erased the deficit after Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.) sank a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to give the Bears a 21-20 edge. Led by Morgan Olander and Stephanie Cardamone, the Bulldogs closed out the first half with an 11-2 run to take an eight-point advantage into the locker room.
Brown came out firing in the second half, shooting 60% from the field (15-for-25) as they outscored the Bulldogs 43-30 in the final 20 minutes of play. Facing its biggest deficit of the night at 13, Brown proceeded to go on a 13-2 run over a four-minute span to cut the margin to two.
Sophomore Ellise Sharpe (Tipp City, Ohio) also boasted a career-high 13 points off the bench, including a vital trey in the waning minutes to extend the lead to four. Clarke salted the game away as she converted on her driving layup with just under 10 seconds to play to make it a two possession game.
Naan Ankoma-Mensa, Morgan Olander, and Jenniqua Bailey all scored in double figures for the Bulldogs on Wednesday night as they dropped their third consecutive contest.
The Bears look to make it three straight on the road as they travel to West Point to face Army on Saturday at 1 p.m.