Bears Secure Most Wins Since 1993-94 With 67-63 Victory Over Cornell
March 5, 2005
Ithaca, NY - The Brown women's basketball team recorded its 18th victory of the season, its most wins since the 1993-94 season and the third most in the program's history, with a 67-63 season-ending win at Cornell on Saturday. The Big Red battled back from a 16-point deficit in the second half, getting all the way to within one down the stretch but senior Holly Robertson's field goal and free throw helped secured the win for Brown as it finishes the year 18-9 overall and 10-4 in the Ivy League. Robertson finished with a team-high 18 points while sophomore Lena McAfee added ten.
Senior Andrea Conrad fittingly got things rolling for the Bears, playing the final game of her career. Both teams missed some easy opportunities early on before the Bears broke out to a 7-2 lead with a three by McAfee. The Big Red eventually tied things up at 11 all by the 9:08 mark but junior Jackie Vocell caught fire from behind the arc, draining back-to-back three's to give the Bears a 17-13 with 7:52 left to play in the half.
Brown continued its hot streak from three point land with Robertson adding another with 6:33 left in the half. A nice turnaround in the post by sophomore Ashley King-Bischof followed up by a pair of free throws by junior Colleen Kelly, gave the Bears a ten-point lead, 26-16, heading into the final stretch of the half.
A three-point play by Conrad extended the lead to 14 as the Bears held Cornell without a point for nearly five minute of play. Freshman Lindsay Krasna's aggressive drives to the hoop resulted in three straight trips to the foul line for the Big Red, cutting the Bears lead down to nine, 30-21, heading into the locker room.
Vocell led the Bears with eight points in the half while Robertson added six points and six rebounds. The Big Red shot just 21 percent from the field but Brown shot below its season average as well, making just 11-32 attempts for 35 percent.
The Bears heated up in the second half, increasing its lead to 16, 45-29, with seven quick points by McAfee. Cornell took over after that, going on a 16-3 stint, to come to within three, 48-45 with 7:40 remaining. Claire Perry got things started, scoring seven straight points while Amy Lyon and Hillary Seidel found the range, combining for nine points on the tail end of the drive.
Krasna's basket with 6:27 left on the clock made it a one-point contest, 50-49, but King-Bischof quickly answered at the other end with a three. Robertson's lay-up gave Brown a six-point cushion on the ensuing possession.
Brown went into the double bonus early, allowing the Big Red to get back to within two, 59-57, as Lyon made four straight free throws. Hayes' baseline jumper over her defender with 3:22 left lifted the Bears to a key four point lead, 61-57.
With 1:52 showing on the clock, Lyon nailed a two-pointer with her foot on the line, making it a one-point game once again. Robertson answered with a hook in the post but Perry hit a pair of free throws to bring it back to one, 64-63, with 1:13 left.
With a chance to take a three-point lead with under a minute left, Kelly missed a one-in-one attempt at the line to give Cornell the ball and a chance for the win. The Big Red had three chances at the game-winning shot but could not get one to fall. Brown iced the victory at the line in the final seconds, making 3 of 4 attempts.