Bikofsky's Career-High 28 Points Lifts Women's Basketball Over URI, 66-56

Bikofsky's Career-High 28 Points Lifts Women's Basketball Over URI, 66-56

Providence, R.I. – Led by junior Sophie Bikofsky's career-high 28 points, the Brown women's basketball team outlasted in-state rival, Rhode Island, 66-56 at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Wednesday night.  The Bears improve to 4-3 on the season after winning their second-consecutive contest while the Rams drop to 1-7 in 2013-14.


Entering the game ranked third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) improved on her torrid start, connecting on 7-of-11 attempts from behind the arc to tie the school record for treys made in a game.


Co-captain Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) also scored in double figures as she recorded 16 points on 3-of-10 shooting from field and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.


Freshman guard Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.) grabbed a season-high eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals while senior Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ont.) added four points and four rebounds.


Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Jordin Alexander (Fishers, Ind.) each chipped in with seven points for the Bears.


After shooting over 50% from the field against UMBC last Saturday, the Bears struggled in the early going, connecting on just 9-of-34 attempts from field in the first half.  Brown clawed its way to a 24-22 lead late in the half before a 7-0 Rams run propelled them to a five-point halftime lead. 


Despite shooting 31.7% from the field in the game, the Bears rallied in the second half to outscore the Rams by a 42-27 margin.  Propelled by Bikofsky's 19 second half points, the Bears were able to grab the lead for good at the 13:21 mark.  Crucial free throws by Clarke, Bikofsky, and Alexander salted the game away in the final moments as the Bears held Rhode Island to just one field goal in the final 4:31.


Samantha Tabakman (12 points) and Tati Johnson (10 points) led the way for the Rams as they shot 38.5% from the field on Wednesday night.


The Bears will be back in action on Saturday for day one of the Brown Classic against the University of Maine at 2 p.m.  Brown will face either Fairfield University or Morgan State on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.