Bears Edge Vermont in Monday Matinee, 61-51

Bears Edge Vermont in Monday Matinee, 61-51

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Led by Lauren Clarke's 17 points, the Brown women's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak on Monday with a 61-51 win over Vermont.  The game tipped off at 11:30 a.m. Monday as part of "What I Want To Be Day".  Over 500 students from local schools filled the Pizzitola Sports Center to cheer on the Bears.


Brown improves to 6-7 this season while the Catamounts drop to 4-10 in the loss.  With the win, the Bears improve to 2-4 overall in the all-time series between the two schools.


Free throws proved to be vital for Brown, as they converted on 20-of-27 attempts from the line and 14-of-19 in the second half.


Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) added three treys and grabbed a team-high six rebounds while Jordin Alexander (Fishers, Ind.)  tallied her fourth consecutive double figure game.


Bikofsky, Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ont.), and Natalie Ball (Orlando, Fla.) each blocked two shots as the Bears recorded a season-high seven blocks total.


After scoring 81 and 74 points respectively in their previous two games, the Bears continued their success from the field in the first half on Monday, shooting 51.7-percent (15-of-29).  Alexander continued her strong play, netting 10 points in the opening 20 minutes while Bikofsky connected on her final three attempts from long range.


After allowing the game's first basket, the Bears claimed the lead and never looked back in the opening half. Beutel's (Toronto, Ont.) two blocks in the first half helped pace the Bears defense, as they held the Catamounts to 31.4-percent shooting from the field.


In the second half, a stingy Brown defense limited the Catamounts to 5-of-31 shooting from the field (.161).  Despite struggling from the field, the Bears never allowed Vermont within six points in the final 20 minutes, as they increased their lead to 17 points on Clarke's trey with 2:43 to play.


Kylie Butler recorded a double-double for the Catamounts with 11 points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes of action.


The Bears will close out their non-conference schedule on Saturday as they visit the Highlanders of NJIT at 2 p.m.