21-0 Second Half Drive Gives Bears 76-69 Come From Behind Victory Over Defending Ivy Champion Penn

21-0 Second Half Drive Gives Bears 76-69 Come From Behind Victory Over Defending Ivy Champion Penn

Feb. 18, 2005

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Philadelphia, PA - Down by as many as 12 early in the second half, the Brown women's basketball team (15-7, 7-2) steam rolled its way to a nine-point lead with a 21-0 run in a 76-69 win over defending Ivy champion Penn on Friday at the Palestra. Junior Sarah Hayes led three Brown players in double figures with a career-high 23 points and eight rebounds. Senior Holly Robertson scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half in addition to pulling down nine boards. Senior Andrea Conrad added 14 points and nine rebounds in the win, Brown's 15th of the season.

Five early points by Hayes pushed Brown out to a 9-2 lead but Jennifer Fleischer scored five straight points for Penn underneath, including a three-point play, to cut the lead to two, 9-7 with 15:56 showing on the clock. The lead then flip flopped four times before the Quakers settled out to a slim 19-15 lead with 11:20 left in the half.

Strong rebounding got the Bears back into the swing of things as they tied things up at 19 all off a pair of put backs. Penn then went on a three-point shooting barrage, draining three treys in less than a three minute span to grab hold of a 30-23 advantage.

Cold shooting by Brown helped extend the Quakers lead to 12, 37-25, by the 3:07 mark. Maria DiDonato nailed Penn's sixth three of the half to cap off the 7-2 drive. Robertson responded with an 8-0 drive of her own down the stretch, getting Brown to within four with less than a minute left in the half. The 6-5 center knocked in a pair of three's along with a left-handed hook to lead all scorers with 16 heading into the locker room.

Fleischer nearly had a double-double by the half with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Quakers. Overall Brown shot 39% from the field while Penn made 47% of its attempts.

The Quakers opened up the second half with a 6-0 run to take control of another 12-point lead, 45-33. It was than that the Bears took over the game, going on a 21-0 run to surge to a 54-45 advantage by the 12:16 mark. Another three by Robertson followed up by a coast-to-coast lay-up by freshman Anne O'Neal began the drive, cutting the lead to seven, 45-38, with 16:05 left.

Brown extended the run with a three by sophomore Lena McAfee and a break-away lay-up by junior Jackie Vocell. Baskets by Hayes and Conrad combined with two turnovers by the Quakers, helped surge the Bears to a two-point lead by the 14:19 mark.

The Brown attack continued as a pair of free throws, another three by McAfee and a loose ball put-back by Hayes capped off the 21-0 drive.

A three by Karen Habrokowich finally stopped the bleeding for Penn but it was never able to recover from the devastating drive. Four straight free throws made it a 69-63 ball game with 1:19 left but the Bears made 7-8 free throws down the stretch to ice the victory.

For the game, Hayes went 12-13 from the foul line and 5-13 from the field. Conrad shot a red-shot 6-10 from the field. Overall Brown went 19-23 from the line and out-rebounded the Quakers 41-34. The team shot 55% in the second half compared to Penn's dismal 24%.

Brown will continue its four-game road swing tomorrow night as it takes on Princeton. The Bears will be looking to sweep the season series from the Tigers.