Hot Shooting Leads Bears Past South Dakota State, 72-64

Jan. 22, 2006

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Providence, RI - On the strength of 58 percent shooting, including 72 in the first half, the Brown women's basketball team wrapped up non-conference play with a 72-64 win over South Dakota State at the Pizzitola Center on Sunday. Seniors Colleen Kelly and Sarah Hayes put on a show for the home crowd, combining for 44 points. Over the Bears last three home games, the duo have teamed together to score 124 points. Kelly knocked down five three's for a game-high 24 points while Hayes fell one rebound shy of a double-double, posting 20 points and nine rebounds. She also added six assists and four steals.

Brown shot a sweltering 72 percent in the first half to head into the locker room with a 45-29 lead. The Bears made 18 of 25 attempts but South Dakota State ruled the boards to keep the Bears from running away with the game. The Jackrabbits hauled in 14 offensive rebounds, including seven from Christina Gilbert, getting 13 points off the second chances.

Back-to-back baskets by sophomore Annesley O'Neal, including a steal and lay-up, led to an early 11-3 lead for the Bears. Brown continued to shoot the ball well, extending its lead to 15-5 by the 13:57 mark. Senior Colleen Kelly gave the Bears a 14 point lead when she rattled in a three-pointer despite being knocked to the ground and made good on the ensuing free throw to make it a four point play.

By the six minute mark, the Bears were shooting 93 percent from the field, pushing them to a 17 point lead, 37-20. South Dakota State continued its dominance in the paint, however, not allowing Brown to get any further ahead.

Hayes and Kelly, who scored a combined 80 points in the Bears last two home games heading into today, each poured in 14 points in the half. The two shot a combined 11-16 from the field but also distributed the ball well, dishing out seven assists as Brown totaled a season-high 20 for the game.

Brown held its strong lead throughout the second half with the Jackrabbits getting no closer than 12 before they went on a 7-2 drive to get to within ten, 67-57, with 3:14 left to play.

For the second straight game Kelly delivered a dagger, drilling her fifth three to put Brown up by 13, 70-57, at the 2:10 mark. South Dakota State was able to hang around though, cutting the lead down to eight with under a minute left as Brown missed two of four free throws but the game clock worked against the Jacks.

After being out-rebounded 19-6 in the first half, Brown went on to edge the Jacks 22-14 in the second. O'Neal added a career-high 11 points along with three assists and three steals in the victory. Freshman Catherine Schaper tied her season-high with eight points while junior Lena McAfee had four points, six rebounds and two steals.

Brown returns to Ivy action this weekend as it will travel to first place Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday.