Women's Basketball Stuns Princeton, 61-58

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In their final home game, the Brown women's basketball team (9-17, 3-9 Ivy) got 24 points from Lauren Clarke and 12 points from Sophie Beutel in a 61-58 upset victory over Princeton (18-7, 9-2 Ivy).

 

Senior co-captain Jordin Juker added six points, five rebounds, and a career-high five assists while Sophie Bikofsky netted 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.

 

Kristen Helmstetter deposited a team-high 20 points and hauled in eight rebounds for the Tigers while teammate Blake Dietrick added 13 points and three assists.

 

The Brown shooting attack was firing on all cylinders in the early going Saturday as the Bears connected on 14-of-21 attempts from the field in the opening 20 minutes of action.

 

On Senior Night, Brown got pivotal contributions from current seniors Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) and Beutel (Toronto, Ont.) in the first half as the duo combined for 17 points, while Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) chipped in 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting from long distance.

 

After trailing 5-4 in the opening minutes, the Bears took the lead and led wire-to-wire in the opening half, grabbing their largest lead on Bikofsky's trey at the 7:14 mark to put Brown up 25-17.  The teams traded buckets down the stretch as Brown took that eight-point lead into the locker room.

 

The Bears continued to be an offensive buzzsaw to start the second half, capped by a Clarke trey from the corner to extend the Bears' lead to 40-32. The lead wouldn't last for long though, as a 12-0 Tigers run, capped by Annie Tarakchian's three-point play, gave Princeton a 46-42 lead with 10:39 to play.

 

The Tigers held the Bears off over a four-minute span until Bikofsky's NBA-range trey tied the game at 48.

 

The Bears regained the lead 50-48 on a pair of free throws from Clarke before Beutel's layup off a feed from Juker and Clarke's trey put Brown up by five at 57-52.

 

With Brown leading 59-58, Juker hit two crucial free throws to make it a 61-58 lead.  Three missed treys in the final seconds, including two from Dietrick, sealed the Bears victory and forces Princeton to face Penn for the Ivy League title on Tuesday.

 

Brown will close out the 2013-14 regular season on the road with contests against Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend.