January 6, 2009

Second Half Turnovers Lead to 60-43 Deficit to American University

Jan. 6, 2009

Box Score

Washington, D.C. - The Brown women's basketball (1-12) dropped a 60-43 decision to American University (10-5) on Tuesday night at Bender Arena. American's Nicole Ryan led the night in scoring with 21 points, as sophomore forward Betsy Jacobson (Rochester, NY) led the Bears with a career-high 12 points.

Although American took an immediate lead, Brown fought back and cut its deficit to just four heading into the locker room at halftime during the extremely competitive first half. Freshman Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) tallied six consecutive points and Jacobson netted two jumpers to put the score at 25-21 with 5:50 left in the first.

American then went on to score the next six points before Brown sophomore Sarah Delk (Atlanta, GA) and Jacobson put in jumpers to bring Brown's deficit to four at the half. Jacobson went 5-9 from the field scoring 10 points as the squad shot 41 percent from the field. While American shot just 32 percent from the field, the Eagles maintained the lead by out-rebounding Brown 21-16, while also going 10-11 from the charity stripe.

The Eagles Talicia Jackson started off the scoring in the second stanza with a jumper from the right corner, but senior forward Amy Ehrhart (Golden, CO) put one in to keep the deficit to four. Then, sophomore guard Karly Grace (Camp Hill, PA) drained a three at the 15 minute mark to bring Brown within one, 33-32. Ehrhart then had a great take to the basket for two, got the foul and converted the free-throw to tie the game, 35-35. Brown then gained its first lead of the night, 37-35, after a bucket by sophomore guard Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) at the 12:29 mark forcing American to call a timeout.

But just as quick as Brown gained its lead, American took it away after Ryan scored three points and Lisa Strack put in a bucket to put the Eagles back on top with a 40-37 lead. The Bears were held scoreless for the next four minutes en route to a 9-0 run by the Eagles to gain a 45-37 lead. Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) broke Bruno's silence with a jumper on the right side to bring the Bears back within six with 7:21 left in the game.

Turnovers killed the Bears in the next three minutes of play, and American capitalized on them to take a 53-39 lead with four minutes remaining in the game and eventually won, 60-43. Ryan led American with 21 points, followed by Jackson with 11 and Liz Leer with 10. The Bears, who shot just 22 percent (6-27) in the second half, was led by Jacobson's 12 points as Daniels added six. The Bears will host Bryant at the Pizzitola Sports Center at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.