February 26, 2005

Bears Battle Harvard Down To The Wire In Front Of Record Crowd

Feb. 26, 2005

Box Score

Providence, RI - In front of a record crowd of 2,034 the Brown women's basketball team (16-9, 8-4) battled Harvard down to the wire but fell short in a 77-69 loss at the Pizzitola Center on Saturday night. The Bears rallied back from an eight-point deficit, taking a three-point lead with 4:34 in the game on the heroics of sophomore Ashley King-Bischof, who finished with a career-high 24 points on 10-13 shooting. However, the Crimson responded with an 8-0 run to take a decisive 69-64 lead with 1:57 on the clock. Senior Holly Robertson posted her eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds in her final Brown home game. With the loss, the Bears run at the Ivy Title comes to an end as Dartmouth leads the league with a 10-1 record.

The Crimson went up by as many as 14 points in the first half as they dominated the Bears inside. Harvard senior center Reka Cserny scored a game-high 14 points on 5-8 shooting in the half. Trailing 35-21 with 3:04 left in the half, the Bears used a 10-2 run to cut the lead to six, 37-31, by the halfway point. King-Bischof scored four straight baskets during the drive, including an offensive put back at the buzzer.

Brown continued to gain momentum in the second, making it a one-point game, 37-36, at the 17:11 mark. That was as close as the Bears would get as the Crimson held their composure, hanging on to a slim lead until King-Bischof took control for the Bears.

Coming into the game, King-Bischof's career-high was nine points but she quickly surpassed that mark, scoring nine consecutive points. She scored 15 of her 24 points in final 11 minutes of the game, making 6 of 8 attempts during the stretch.

Harvard grabbed a five point lead, 69-64, when Katie Murphy drilled a wide open three with 1:57 left in the game. Not giving up, junior Sarah Hayes passed inside to Robertson who muscled her way to a three-point play with 30 seconds left, making it a two-point game, 71-69.

Brown was forced to foul the rest of the way but Harvard could not be shaken as they made all six of their attempts to earn the eight-point victory.

The Bears shot just 35% compared to Harvard's 51% but was able to keep up to the Crimson with their work on the glass. Brown pulled in 45 rebounds to the Crimson's 33. In fact the Bears had more offensive rebounds than they did defensive rebounds with a 23-22 breakdown.

Hayes added 14 points , 8 rebounds and five assists in the loss while junior Colleen Kelly added nine. Senior co-captain Andrea Conrad pulled down four rebounds and recorded a steal in the final home game of her Brown career.

Brown will play at Columbia and Cornell next weekend, wrapping up a spectacular season. A pair of wins would give the Bears their most wins since the 1993-94 season.