Jan. 2, 2004
Providence, RI - The Brown University women's basketball team went on a 35-5 run as it defeated American University, 61-52, on Friday at the Pizzitola Sports Center to improve to 4-6 on the season. The Bears, down 21-6 with 6:50 left to play in the first half, steamrolled their way to a 15 point lead by the midway point of the second half.
Senior Nyema Mitchell (Birmingham, AL) led all players with a season-high 19 points along with six rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore Sarah Hayes (Beaufort, SC) recorded her second straight double-double with 12 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Brown was senior Tanara Golston (Evanston, IL) with 13 points. She chipped in a game-high four assists and four steals as well.
The game was a case of deja-vu for the Bears as they got off to another rough start, finding themselves down 21-6 on cold shooting and costly turnovers. Once again Brown responded by closing the half on a 15-5 stretch to come within five.
The Bears then opened the second half with 20 unanswered points, holding the Eagles scoreless for over ten minutes of play including the last 1:22 of the first half. A jumper by sophomore Colleen Kelly (Rochester, NY) with 16:20 on the clock gave Brown the lead for good in a well-balanced attack. Hayes scored all 12 of her points and Golston added nine of her 13 in the second half.
As a team, Brown forced 28 American turnovers and held the Eagles to just 30 percent shooting. A big key to the victory was free throw shooting for the Bears as they went 22-33, compared to American's 10-16.
Brown continues action on Sunday, Jan. 4 at home against Sacred Heart at 5 p.m. The team will then play seven of its next eight games on the road.