February 27, 2004

Women's Basketball Falls To Dartmouth 74-59

Feb. 27, 2004

Box Score

Hanover, NH -

The Brown women's basketball team's three-game win streak came to an end on Friday night as it failed to complete a season sweep over Dartmouth. The Bears fell 74-59 to the Big Green at Leede Arena, knocking them out of the third place spot in the Ivy League standings. Brown is now 13-11 overall and 6-5 in Ivy play.

Senior Nyema Mitchell (Birmingham, AL) led Brown with 20 points on the night. Junior Holly Robertson (Cochrane, Alberta) added nine points and a team-high eight rebounds in the loss.

Two early steals by sophomore Colleen Kelly (Rochester, NY) and several second chance opportunities helped Brown jump out to an early 5-0 lead.

Dartmouth responded by taking advantage of several Brown fouls by knocking in five free throws.

The Big Green's freshman sensation Elisa Morrison exploded for ten straight points as Dartmouth took a 15-11 lead at the 11:04 mark.

Procession passing pushed the Big Green up to a 25-17 lead with 6:52 left in the half. On back-to-back plays Dartmouth found an opening on the inside for two easy lay-ups.

Dartmouth continued its hot shooting while Brown couldn't get out of its cold rhythm, allowing the Big Green to extend its lead to 13 by the end of the half, 41-28.

Mitchell led all players with 13 points in the first half and sophomore Sarah Hayes (Beaufort, SC) added seven for the Bears. Brown went 11-32 from the field for 34.4% shooting, compared to Dartmouth's 55.6% on 15-27 shooting.

Despite the score Brown held its own defensively as it forced 10 turnovers, seven coming off steals. Kelly recorded four of the seven for the Bears.

The Bears opened up the second half with five unanswered points on a three by Robertson and a drive to the basket by senior Tanara Golston (Evanston, IL), cutting the lead to eight.

Brown brought it down to seven, 45-37, with 15:03 on the clock on a nice look by senior Ragan Kenner (Indianapolis, IN) to Mitchell underneath the basket.

After a three-pointer by Mitchell that was answered by Dartmouth with a three of its own at the other end, Kelly completed a three point play for the Bears to keep the game at seven with 12:11 left to play.

The Big Green then took control of the game, going on a 9-0 run to take a big 61-45 lead by the 8:28 mark. Morrison and sophomore Jeannie Cullen keyed the drive as Cullen started the drive with her second straight bucket from downtown. Morrison was able to grab a hold of several rebounds for put-backs, scoring four points during the stretch.

Brown failed to get a rally going down the stretch as it suffered one of its biggest losses of the season.

Hayes finished the night with eight points and six rebounds while Kelly contributed eight points and a game- high six steals. Golston picked up six points and eight assists. Freshman Ashley King-Bischof (Pleasanton, CA) also added six points off the bench.

Brown will be back in action tomorrow when it travels down to Harvard, which beat Yale tonight to grab a hold of third in the league, to complete the season series with the Crimson. The Bears dropped a 70-64 decision to Harvard at the Pizzitola Center on Feb. 13.