Bears Hand Dartmouth First Ivy League Loss
Feb. 25, 2005
Providence, RI - Facing the number one team in the Ivy League, the Brown women's basketball team handed Dartmouth its first league loss of the season with a 68-64 victory on Friday at the Pizzitola Center. The Big Green came to Providence with a 9-0 league record, two games ahead of second place Harvard in the standings. A three-pointer by junior Colleen Kelly with 1:43 left broke a 62-62 deadlock, giving Brown the lead for good. The Bears used a well-balanced attack to earn the victory with five players recording eight points or more, including three in double figures. Brown, which remains in third place, is now 8-3 in Ivy play and 16-8 overall. Harvard defeated Yale tonight to improve to 8-2 in the Ancient Eight.
After a sloppy first half that saw a total of 25 turnovers and six ties, Brown broke out to a 10-point lead in the second. The Bears used an 11-0 drive to gain a 43-33 advantage with 13:57 left in the game. Brown knocked in three straight three's to take a 37-32 lead. Junior Sarah Hayes capped things off with a steal resulting in an easy lay-up.
Sophomore Ashley King-Bischof, who tied her career-high of nine points, caught fire, scoring six straight points for the Bears to give them back another double digit lead by the 10:55 mark. Another three, this time by junior Jackie Vocell, gave Brown its biggest lead of the game, 58-47, with 5:49 showing on the clock.
The Big Green stormed back however, cutting the lead to two with a three by Angie Soriaga. Two straight lay-ups combined with an Elise Morrison jumper in the paint made it a three-point game by the 3:51 mark. A pair of free throws by Hayes pushed the lead back to five but Soriaga's three quickly made it a two-point contest with just 2:59 left.
Morrison tied the game at 62 all with two free throws but Kelly's three with the shot clock winding down gave the Bears a decisive lead. with. Kelly made one of two free throw attempts following her three and on the other end Morrison continued her clutch play with another jumper to bring Dartmouth to within two. However, Sophomore Lena McAfee gave the Bears all the insurance they would need, netting a long-range jumper with 30 seconds left for the 68-64 final.
Hayes led Brown with 17 points on 7-8 shooting along with 6 rebounds, five steals and three assists. Kelly added 14 points and eight rebounds while Robertson notched her seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Vocell poured in eight points, including a pair of three's.
Tomorrow's game against Harvard will be a game to remember for several reasons. Not only will the game have serious implications on the league standings but it will also be the last home games for seniors Holly Robertson and Andrea Conrad. IN addition, Brown will be holding its third annual Blitz the Pitz promotion. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.