Feb. 10, 2007
Providence, RI - Led by freshman Christina Johnson's (Oakland, CA) 16 points, the Brown women's basketball team (4-18, 2-6 Ivy) defeated Columbia (5-17, 1-7 Ivy) in an Ivy League thriller on Saturday night.
The Bears starting lineup, which featured four freshmen, played a scrappy full-court defense forcing the Lions into eight turnovers and 38 percent shooting from the field. Johnson got the Bears offense rolling by scoring the first two points of the game, and headed into the locker room at the half as the team's leading scorer at 10.
During the first half, the lead changed six times and was a constant battle. But the Bears stepped up to the challenge, shooting 54 percent from the field, and went into the locker room ahead of the Lions, 30-27.
The second-half was just as intense, as the Bears jumped out to its largest lead of the night, 53-44 with 7:42 remaining in the game. A jumper by senior Lena McAfee (Reston, VA), a three pointer by freshman Shae Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) and a lay-up by senior Ashley King-Bischof (Pleasanton, CA) brought the Bears to its nine point lead, but the Lions clawed their way back into the game.
Columbia's Megan Griffith and Brittney Carfora each hit trey's and Chelsea Frazier followed with a jumper to cut the Bears lead to just three, 55-52 with 3:53 left on the clock.
McAfee grabbed an offensive rebound with 56 seconds left, and put in a lay-up to put the Bears ahead 57-52. Columbia's Griffith knocked down two free throws with 42 seconds on the clock, but that was as close as they would come as the Bears picked up their second Ivy League victory, 57-54.
Freshman Lindsay Walls (Santa Cruz, CA) played a stellar game for the Bears tonight, as she went 6-8 from the field, netting a career-high 13 points. Fitzpatrick and McAfee both ended with eight points, with McAfee grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds and King-Bischof added six.
The Bears will travel to Harvard for a 7 p.m. game on Feb. 16, and then to Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 17 for a 7 p.m. tip.