Bears Cruise Past Columbia, 62-39
Feb. 11, 2006
New York, NY - The Brown women's basketball team continued its string of Ivy League wins, cruising past Columbia, 62-39, on Saturday night to improve to 13-8 overall and 7-1 in Ivy play. Senior Sarah Hayes led the Bears with 16 points and five steals while fellow senior Colleen Kelly added 13 points and four steals.
Brown attacked the basket aggressively in the early going, taking a 13-6 lead by the 11:27 mark. The Lions knocked in a pair of three's to cut the lead to three, 16-13, but the Bears pushed it back up to an eight point game, 23-15, with a 7-2 drive. During the span, Hayes recorded her second steal of the game to give her 250 for her career. She is now just the second player in Ivy women's basketball history to record over 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 250 steals and 250 assists.
Columbia scored four unanswered points but Kelly quickly stopped the Lions surge with a three-pointer followed by a pair of free throws by junior Lena McAfee to end the half with the Bears up 32-21.
Brown's speed played a big part in Columbia's 15 turnovers as the Bears posted nine steals in the half which creating several breakaways. Hayes and Kelly each registered nine points in the half while senior Jackie Vocell dished out five assists. Freshmen Catherine Schaper and Amy Ehrhart chipped in with four points each.
The Bears outscored the Lions 21-4 in the first 12 minutes of the second half to take a commanding 53-25 lead which Columbia never recovered from. The Lions were held without a field goal for spans of six minutes and five minutes. All 14 eligible players saw time for Brown as a total of 11 different players scored.
Brown will return home next weekend to host a pair of crucial matches with Harvard and Dartmouth.