Mitchell's 26 Points Leads Women's Basketball To Sixth Straight With 78-73 Win Over Lehigh

Jan. 20, 2004

Bethlehem, PA - Senior Nyema Mitchell (Birmingham, AL) tied her career-high of 26 points as the Brown women's basketball team earned their sixth straight victory of the season, defeating Lehigh 78-73 in Bethlehem, PA on Tuesday night. Brown is now 8-6 on the season.

Mitchell added a game-high eight rebounds, six blocks and three steals in the victory. Sophomore Sarah Hayes (Beaufort, SC) chipped in with 13 points, a game-high eight assists and seven rebounds. Senior Tanara Golston (Evanston, IL) contributed 10 points, six assists and four rebounds for the Bears.

Mitchell started off the game on fire, scoring 11 of Brown first 18 points as it jumped out to an 18-12 lead. The Bears continued their hot shooting, increasing their lead to 24-15 by the 8:30 mark.

Lehigh would crawl its way back with a strong inside game and key free throw shooting, taking a two point lead with 2:23 left in the half. The Bears quickly responded with an 8-0 run fueled by back-to-back three's by Mitchell and sophomore Colleen Kelly (Rochester, NY), to close out the half with a 38-32 advantage.

Mitchell went 7-10 from the field, including 2-2 from behind the arc, for 16 first half points. The pair of treys were the first two of her career. Kelly, who had to sit out most of the second half after taking a hit to the face, added ten points on 4-6 shooting in the first as well for Brown.

A balanced attack helped keep Brown a head in the second half as it maintained a steady lead until the Mountain Hawks went on a 14-2 run late in the game to take back the lead. The Bears could not shutdown Lehigh in the paint with Jessica DePalo pouring in 17.

The Bears did not allow Lehigh to keep the lead for long as they made a valiant run in the final two minutes to earn their sixth straight victory. Hayes scored five of her 13 on the drive, including 3-3 from the line to help seal the victory. Junior Holly Robertson (Cochrane, Alberta) added four of her eight second-half points in the late rally as well.

Brown will return to the friendly confines of the Pizzitola Center on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match-up against Ivy foe Yale. The Bears will be looking to sweep the season-series with the Bulldogs. The game will be televised live on Cox 3 in Rhode Island.