Jan. 15, 2005
New Haven, CT - The Brown women's basketball team started off the Ivy season with a bang, rolling to a 65-38 win over Yale on Saturday afternoon. The one-two punch of senior Holly Robertson and junior Sarah Hayes combined to score 40 points as Hayes matched her 22-point, five steal performance from last Thursday against American. Robertson posted 18 on 8-12 shooting in a well-rounded game. She helped hold sophomore Erica Davis, Yale's leading scorer, to just five points. The Bears' defense put on a show as it held the Bulldogs to just 25 percent shooting and 14 first half points. On the other end, Brown shot a sizzling 49 percent. The Bears are now 8-5 overall and will play Yale in a rematch at the Pizzitola Center next Saturday at 2 p.m.
Brown's superb defensive play was apparent from the opening tip as it allowed just 14 points and five field goals in the first half. By halftime, the Bears cruised to an 18-point advantage, 32-14. Hayes recorded four steals while Robertson shutdown Davis, posting three blocks against the 6-3 center.
On the offensive side, the Bears used a balanced attack with five players notching at least three points to build up its sizeable lead. Hayes led all players with ten points, six coming off breakaways. Roberston followed with nine while senior Andrea Conrad added six.
A 9-0 run midway through the half upped Brown's lead to 13, 21-8. Roberston answered a Morgan Richards three with one of her own to jump start the drive at the 12:27 mark. During the span, the Bulldogs were held without a field goal for over six minutes as they shot a dismal 19 percent.
The Bears extended their lead to 24 with a 6-0 run to start the second half. Yale continued to struggle from the field, scoring just five points in the opening eight minutes. A mini 6-0 run by the Bulldogs brought it down to 18 but Brown quickly responded, taking its biggest lead of the game up to that point, 53-27, with 8:07 left. The rest of the way was smooth sailing as Brown went up by as many as 29 points.