Feb. 16, 2007
Cambridge, MA - The Brown women's basketball team (4-19, 2-7 Ivy) was defeated, 67-41, by Harvard (9-12, 7-1 Ivy) at Lavietes Pavilion on Friday night. Sophomore Megan McAhill (Highlands Ranch, CO) led the Bears in scoring with 11 points.
The Bears got off to a slow start, as Harvard jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead after the first four minutes of play. But after a Brown timeout, freshman Lindsay Walls (Santa Cruz, CA) hit a turn-around jumper in the paint and freshman Shae Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) put in a lay-up and converted the free-throw to put the score at 12-7. Next, freshman Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) made a break-a-way lay-up, putting the score 12-9 at 12:44.
Just one minute later, Walls drains a jumper, gets fouled and sinks the free throw to tie the game at 12-12 with 11:56 on the clock. Then, McAhill checks in the game and immediately nets a three and a jumper, giving the Bears their first lead of the night, 19-16, with 8:28 on the clock.
Brown then went seven minutes without scoring, as Harvard made its run, scoring 13 points off the Bears' turnovers, bringing the score to, 34-19, with 1:48 on the clock. The Crimson went 8-8 from the free-throw line (16-16 for the half) in the last 2:50 of play. Although McAhill was able to hit a deep three with 1:12 remaining, the Bears still headed into the locker room down, 36-22.
The second half was more of the same, as Harvard scored at will against the Bears, and ran up the score, 51-25, with 12:48 remaining in the game. Walls scored three points off free-throws before the Bears went on another scoring drought. Senior Lena McAfee (Reston, VA) ended the dry spell by putting in a jumper, and for the rest of the half the Bears' shots seemed to rattle in and out of the rim. Harvard, who shot 49 percent for the night, ended the game 67-41.
McAhill, who went 3-5 from the three, ended with a team-high 11 points, followed by Walls with eight points and five rebounds. McAfee finished with six points and eight rebounds.
Brown is back in action tomorrow, for a 7:00 p.m. game against Dartmouth.