Jan. 28, 2006
Cambridge, MA - Senior Sarah Hayes' pull up jumper with four-tenths of a second left gave the Brown women's basketball team a thrilling 64-62 win at Harvard on Saturday night. The Bears held a 13-point lead early in the second half but the Crimson were able to rally back by the five minute mark and tied the game with a pair of free throws with three seconds left. Senior Colleen Kelly connected with Hayes on a long-inbounds throw, leading to the game-winning jumper by Hayes, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. The win improves Brown to 9-8 on the season and 3-1 in Ivy play.
Junior Lena McAfee, who has shot the ball extremely well at Harvard the last two years, started things off for Brown with a three pointer from the top of the circle. She went on to lead the Bears to a 32-24 halftime lead with seven points off three of six shooting.
A three-point play by senior Colleen Kelly gave Brown a 12-6 lead at the 14:07 mark but the Crimson were able to use their size underneath to get to within one, 17-16, with an 8-2 run.
Brown countered Harvard's inside game with its speed, closing out the half on a 15-5 drive. Eight of the 15 points came on lay-ups, including a quick drive to the basket by senior Jackie Vocell at the buzzer.
Brown went 13-26 from the field in the half and made six steals as the Crimson committed 11 turnovers. Kelly posted six points and three assists while four other added four points each for the Bears. Lindsay Hallion led Harvard, which made just five of eight free throws, with six points.
The Bears extended their drive into the second half to take a 42-29 led by the 16:25 mark. McAfee began the 10-2 drive with her second three of the game while Hayes, tallied five points during the span, capped it off.
Harvard used a 14-4 run to come to within three, 46-43, with 10:15 remaining and took its first lead of the game, 52-51, with a pair of free throws. Hayes gave the Bears back their lead with a lay-up under the basket with one second left on the shot clock.
Kelly pushed the lead to three on the next possession when she got her own rebound and was fouled, making both free throws. Following a basket by the Crimson, Hayes came through with a huge three-point lead to give Brown a 58-54 lead.
A pair of free throws by Harvard brought to back to a two-point contest while McAfee's prayer with the shot clock running out flipped the lead back to four with just 58 seconds left.
Harvard continued to push the ball inside as Rollins converted on another lay-up just 11 seconds after McAfee's shot. On the ensuing possession, Kelly rattled home a long three with 17 seconds left but Rollins' grabbed hold of another offensive rebound on the other end, getting the put back and foul. With the chance to make it a one-point game, Rollins missed the free throw by Harvard's Laura Robinson was able to track down the rebound as she was fouled.
Now with a chance to tie the game, Robinson toed the line and didn't waste the opportunity this time around for the Crimson.
With three second left, Kelly then threw a long inbounds pass to Hayes just past the half court line. Hayes then calmly dribbled on with Harvard chasing behind her, pulled up at the wing and drilled the game-winning shot.