Bears Hang On For 51-47 Win Over Yale In Ivy Opener

Jan. 14, 2006

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New Haven, CT - In its Ivy League opener, the Brown women's basketball team (6-7, 1-0) escaped with a 51-47 win at Yale (1-13, 0-1) on Saturday afternoon. Despite shooting 29% from the field, the Bears outscored the Bulldogs 19-4 at the free throw line and recorded 20 steals to earn its sixth victory of the season and its eighth straight over the Bulldogs. Senior Colleen Kelly shot 11-15 from the charity stripe to lead all players with 18 points, seven steals and six rebounds. Freshman Catherine Schaper added a season-high eight points and five rebounds.

Both teams struggled in a closely contested first half as neither gained a lead greater than three points. Brown held a one-point lead heading into the locker room, 24-23, scoring nearly half of its points from the free throw line, going 10-11.

The Bears used their biggest strength of stealing the ball on the other end, compiling 12 as Yale committed 17 turnovers. Brown had trouble controlling the ball as well however, guilty of 16 turnovers itself, but it was the Bears cold shooting that allowed the Bulldogs to stay even throughout the half. Brown went just 7-26 from the field, including 0-5 from downtown.

Yale's Sara McCollum had 12 points and eight rebounds in the half. Senior Sarah Hayes was forced to sit out the final six minutes of the half after collecting her third foul. Senior Colleen Kelly led the Bears with seven points, including 5-5 from the line.

Brown used a 10-0 run in the opening minutes of the second half to take a 34-27 lead, eventually opening up an eight point lead, 44-36, its biggest lead of the game, by the 8:35 mark.

Yale responded with a quick 6-0 run to come to within two, 44-42, with 5:56 left. Brown was dealt a tough blow when Hayes fouled out of the game with a little over five minutes remaining. Hayes left with six points in 18 minutes of play, just the second time in her last 31 games she did not score in double figures.

A three-pointer by junior Lena McAfee gave the Bears a five-point cushion, 47-42, as they held onto their narrow lead until the final buzzer with Kelly hitting three of four free throw attempts.

McAfee finished with seven points and six rebounds in the win. Junior Ashley King-Bischof added six points, five rebounds. Both King-Bischof and sophomore Annesley O'Neal recorded four steals each as well.

Brown will meet up with Yale again on Friday night at 7 p.m., this time on its own turf. On Sunday, the team will wrap up non-conference play with a 12:30 p.m. tilt with South Dakota State.