January 10, 2009

Courtney Lee's Free Throws Lift Bears over Bulldogs, 64-62

Jan. 10, 2009

Box Score

Providence, RI - Junior point guard Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) drained two free throws with just five seconds left in the game to lift the Brown women's basketball team (2-12) to a 64-62 win over the visiting Bryant Bulldogs (5-10) on Saturday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Sophomore guard Karly Grace (Camp Hill, PA) led the team in scoring with 20 points, as freshman Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) tallied 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds.

Grace carried the Bears in the first half, scoring 14 points en route to a 35-29 lead over the Bulldogs heading into the locker room at the half. Bruno gained an immediate lead over Bryant with two three pointers by Grace and another by Passafuime to put the score at 11-9 at the first media timeout.

Grace continued to help Brown build its advantage with two more shots from beyond the arc to post its biggest lead of the half, 21-11, at the 11:22 mark. A jumper by sophomore forward Betsy Jacobson (Rochester, NY) and a fast break lay up by Lee extended Bruno's lead to 25-16 with nine minutes remaining in the stanza.

Bryant continued to chip away at its deficit as the Bulldogs came within two, but freshman Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) netted a jumper to push the team's lead back up to four. Brown closed out the first half with a 35-29 lead with 42 percent shooting from the field.

Bryant and Brown went basket-for-basket in the second half, as the Bulldogs came within three, 51-48, with just 10 minutes remaining in the game. Bryant's Lindsey Hudspeth then nailed a trey at the 8:30 mark to tie the game. The next few minutes were a battle, as Bryant was able to secure its first lead of the afternoon, 59-58, after a free throws by Hudspeth with 3:30 remaining on the clock. But Brown bounced right back after a jumper by Jacobson and sophomore Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) to give the Bears a three-point advantage at the 1:28 mark.

A jumper by Kelsey O'Keefe brought the Bulldogs within one at the 40 second mark, and a foul called on Brown put her on the line with 10 seconds left on the clock. She made the first to tie the game, and missed the second as Jacobson brought down the rebound and pushed the ball up the court to Lee, who was then fouled with six seconds left. Lee sank both free throws to secure the victory for the Bears, 64-62.

Four Bears were in double-digit scoring this afternoon, as the team finished the game shooting 35 percent from the field. Grace led the Bears with 20 points and three assists, while Passafuime just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Both Williams and Jacobson netted 10 points a piece, as Lee pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, handed out a career-high seven assists and also tallied three steal in today's contest.

The Bulldogs shot 39 percent from the field today and was led by O'Keefe's game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bears will now begin Ivy League play when they travel to New Haven on Friday, Jan. 16 to take on the Yale Bulldogs at 7:00 p.m.