December 29, 2013

Bears Fall to Hampton at the Georgia Tech Christmas Invitational, 71-50

ATLANTA – The Brown women's basketball team went toe-to-toe with 2013 NCAA Tournament participant, Hampton, before the Pirates pulled away with a second half surge to down the Bears, 71-50 at the Georgia Tech Christmas Invitational on Sunday.

 

Brown falls to 5-5 while the Pirates improve to 10-3 with the win.

 

Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) led the way for the Bears, tallying 17 points on 7-of-24 shooting from the field.  Jordin Alexander (Fishers, Ind.) deposited 11 points of her own, while grabbing four boards in 28 minutes of action.

 

Freshman Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.) dished five assists to lead the team while senior Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.) pulled in a team-high seven boards on Sunday.

 

Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ont.) recorded a season-high six points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field.

 

Kenia Cole (19 pts), Malia Tate-DeFreitas (16 pts), and Nicole Hamilton (13 pts) all scored in double-figures to lead the Pirates to their fifth consecutive win.

 

The Pirates jumped out to its largest lead at the 15:33 mark, grabbing a 10-5 advantage before the Bears began to catch fire and claw their way back into it. 

 

Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.), the nation's leader in three point field goal percentage, connected on her first three attempts to give Brown an 19-18 lead with 10 minutes to play in the half.  Neither team was able to gain separation as the 20 minutes concluded with Hampton holding a slight 33-31 edge.

 

Turnovers plagued Brown on Sunday as Hampton turned 16 Bears giveaways into 25 points.  The Pirates extended their lead to double-digits for the first time at the 15:27 mark and never looked back as they shot 45.5% from the field in the final 20 minutes. 

 

Trying to mount a comeback, Beutel's layup with 11:14 to play cut the deficit to six, but a 9-0 Hampton run put the Bears into a hole they couldn't climb out of.

 

Brown wasn't able to find its range from behind the arc on Sunday, shooting 12.5% from long distance in the second half, as they were unable to mount a rally in the final minutes.

 

The Bears will return to action on Monday to face off against either Georgia Tech or Alabama State at noon.