February 10, 2006

Bears Hold Off Cornell, 71-68, To Improve To 6-1 In Ivy Play

Feb. 10, 2006

Box Score

Ithaca, NY - In a game decided by free throws down the stretch, the Brown women's basketball team converted eight of 11 free throws, including 4-5 by senior Colleen Kelly to earn a 71-68 win over Cornell on Friday night. The Bears improve to 12-8 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League with the victory. Kelly led all players with 22 points while senior Sarah Hayes added 17 points.

Both teams found their range early in the game with Cornell's Lindsay Krasna hitting her first two long-range shots while Kelly also hit her first two, including an NBA range three which tied the game at 7 all. The Big Red couldn't keep the momentum going, however, as they soon went cold.

Brown grabbed hold of a 22-12 lead by the 11:01 mark with a 13-0 drive but Cornell quickly responded with a 9-0 run of its own to get to within one, 22-21, by the 8:11 mark.

Junior Lena McAfee, who posted 11 points in the win, prevented Cornell from taking the lead with a three-pointer, Brown's first basket in over four minutes of play, instead giving the Bears a four point cushion, 25-21.

After trading baskets the rest of the half, Brown went into the locker room with a three point lead, 39-36.

Kelly led all players with 15 points off 6-8 shooting, including 3-4 from downtown. Both Hayes and McAfee added seven points while Krasna led Cornell with 12 points.

Cornell controlled the ball well, turning the ball over just four times against the top stealing team in the Ivy League. Brown, which had just one steal in the half, came into the game averaging 11.25 steals per contest while the Big Red are averaging over 20 turnovers per game.

The Big Red came out firing in the second half, taking its first lead since the opening minutes of the first half, 44-39, with seven unanswered points. Brown rallied back to tie things up at 48 all with 13:37 left to play off back-to-back field goals by Hayes.

The game remained a one possession contest up through the six minute mark with the score still tied, 58-58. It was then that Hayes took over, scoring two straight buckets under close pressure, giving Brown a 63-59 lead with 3:37 left to play.

The rest of the game proved to be a battle at the free throw line as 15 of the final 17 points were recorded from the line. The two traded two pairs of free throws at each end before Jeomi Maduka got Cornell to within two, 68-66, with a lay-up off a screen with 53 seconds left.

Kelly then hit two more at the line before Maduka countered with two of her own, making it a 70-68 game with 16 seconds left. The Big Red got a chance when Kelly missed the front end of a 1-1 on the ensuing possession but a quick shot from the baseline was quickly gobbled up by freshman Megan McCahill, who made one of two free throws at the other end to help secure the 71-68 win.

Brown will play at Columbia tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Bears will be looking for their third straight victory over the Lions as they hold a commanding 36-8 lead in th