February 3, 2006

Bears Cruise Past Penn, 65-47

Feb. 3, 2006

Box Score

Providence, RI - The Brown women's basketball team improved to 4-1 in the Ivy League with a dominating 65-47 win over Penn on Friday night at the Pizzitola Center. The Bears, now 10-8 overall, are winners of seven of their last nine games. Brown turned the Quakers 27 turnovers into 33 points as it went up by as many as 22 points in the second half. Led by its seniors, Sarah Hayes, Colleen Kelly and Jackie Vocell all scored in double figures while junior Lena McAfee registered eight points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Brown's pressure defense limited Penn to just five points in the opening ten minutes of the game. On the other end, the Bears used a long-range attack to take a 17-5 lead. Vocell nailed two from downtown, including one from NBA range while Hayes also hit one from behind the line, just the sixth of her career.

Penn used a 7-0 drive to get to within five, 17-12, with 7:01 left in the half but another pair of three's by the Bears followed by two breakaway lay-ups pushed the lead up to 15, 27-12. The Quakers quickly countered the 10-0 Brown run with a 12-2 run of its own, cutting the lead to five, 29-24, at the half.

Vocell led Brown with nine points while Kelly added six. Hayes also posted five points and five rebounds. The big key for the Bears in the half was getting 18 points off Penn's 14 turnovers as they shot just 34 percent to the Quakers 48.

Brown held a four-point lead before Hayes' hustle underneath the basket paid off as she cashed in with a put-back while Kelly followed with a three in the corner to extend the lead to seven, 36-29, with 16 minutes left to play.

Back-to-back jumpers by Hayes gave the Bears their biggets lead of 13, 42-29, with 12:42 left. They maintained their lead of 13 through the nine minute mark before breaking the game open. Kelly was left wide-open behind the arc after McAfee hauled in her seventh rebound of the night, and Kelly made Penn pay the price, giving Brown a 56-36 lead.

Brown cruised the rest of the way, going up by as many as 22 while Penn got no closer than 16. Kelly led Brown with 14 points along with five steals while Hayes posted 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Vocell added 11 points along with four assists.

The Bears will be back in action tomorrow night as they host Princeton at 7 p.m.