Offensive Surge Leads Women's Basketball Over Dartmouth, 71-55
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After falling to Harvard on Friday night, the Brown women's basketball team (8-12, 2-4 Ivy) gained a weekend Ivy League split with a 71-55 triumph over Dartmouth (3-17, 0-6 Ivy) on Saturday at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
A season-high shooting percentage (.556) paced the Bears on Saturday as they connected on 25-of-45 attempts from the field, marking the fourth consecutive game of scoring at least 70 points.
Sophie Bikofsky netted four treys on Saturday, maintaining a nation-best 51.1-percent success rate from long distance and pulling in a team high six rebounds. Lauren Clarke chipped in 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting as she records double figures in scoring for the 18th time in 20 contests this season. She also added six assists and three steals in 38 minutes of action against the Big Green on Saturday.
Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.) netted 10 points in just 11 minutes of action while sophomore Natalie Ball (Orlando, Fla.) added eight points. Since being inserted as a starter three games ago, Ball has given the Bears a spark as she has averaged 8.7 points per game over that span.
After a slow start on Friday, trailing Harvard 19-2 just a few minutes in, the Bears got off to a better start on Saturday as they ran out to a quick 9-3 advantage. After Dartmouth closed within a point, Clarke connected on two consecutive possessions to extend the Brown lead to five with just over eight minutes left in the half.
The Bears got the strong shooting performance they needed in the first half as they connected on 11-of-19 attempts from the field. Wellington deposited five points in the opening stanza, including a three-point play at the 7:46 mark to put Brown up 20-15.
KJ Veldman's (Spirit Lake, Iowa) free throw with 5:42 left gave Brown its largest lead of the half at seven. The Big Green countered, cutting the deficit to three before Sophie Beutel's layup gave the Bears a 29-24 edge going into the locker room.
A 9-2 run to the open the half, capped by another trey from Bikofsky, extended the Brown lead to 10 points with 16:38 to play. The Bears continued their sizzling shooting from the field in the second half as they tacked onto their lead thanks to Beutel's six second half points. Beutel, the Toronto native, has given the Bears a strong interior presence with 8.3 points per game in her last three contests.
Dartmouth couldn't find an answer to the Brown attack in the second half as Beutel's layup at the 4:55 mark gave the Bears their largest lead of the game at 62-40. With the Bears securing a 67-46 advantage, a 7-0 Big Green run cut the game to 14 with just over two minutes to play. The Bears were able to salt the game away at the free throw line, capped by junior Christine Rush's (Hinsdale, Ill.) first collegiate point with 34 seconds to play.
Brown returns to action next weekend as they travel to face Princeton on Friday and Penn on Saturday.