Bears Rally Past Harvard, Setting Up Saturday's Battle For First Place Against Dartmouth
Feb. 17, 2006
Providence, RI - For the second time this season, senior Sarah Hayes delivered the dagger against Harvard as her three-pointer with 38 second left, helped push the Brown women's basketball team to a 66-61 win at the Pizzitola Center in front of a crowd of 1,867. Hayes' recorded the game-winning shot against the Crimson just three weeks ago in Cambridge. Hayes finished with 18 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
Brown mounted a furious comeback in the closing minutes of the game, storming back to tie the game after being down by 11. The win tonight sets up a battle for first place tomorrow night against Dartmouth. The Big Green remain undefeated with an 8-0 mark but the Bears closely follow with an 8-1 record.
Freshman Megan McCahill's three at the 2:27 mark tied things up at 59 all while sophomore Annesley O'Neal's free throw gave the Bears their first lead with 1:27 left. O'Neal recorded her sixth steal of the game on the other end, leading to Hayes' three. Brown made three of four free throws in the waning minutes to hold off the Crimson.
The game was a close battle all throughout the first half before Brown was able to break out to an eight-point lead early in the second half. Harvard used a big 16-0 run to take their biggest lead of 11, 55-44, by the 6:47 mark but it was all Brown from then on out.
Senior Colleen Kelly scored her 1,000th career point, a three-pointer that got Brown to within two during its late surge. She is now the 15th player in Brown women's basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career. She finished with eight points.
Freshman Catherine Schaper had her best performance to date, scoring 12 points and pulling down seven rebounds. O'Neal's aggressive play resulted in nine points and three assists to go along with her career-high six steals. Junior Lena McAfee chipped in with five points and eight rebounds. Niki Finnelli led Harvard with 16 points on the night.
Brown will battle Dartmouth for first place in the Ivy standings tomorrow night at 7 p.m.