March 7, 2008

First-Place Harvard Defeats Brown, 68-47

March 7, 2008

Final Stats

Providence, RI - Both Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) and Ashley Alexander (Houston, TX) scored in double-digits during the Brown women's basketball team's 68-47 loss to first-place Harvard on Friday night. Williams led Bruno with 11 points, three rebounds and a career-high five assists, as Alexander added 10 points and four rebounds.

Brown and Harvard battled through the first-half, as both teams went bucket-for-bucket. Four Bears scored four points each to help Bruno take its first lead of the night with 8:16 to go in the half, while sophomore Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) picked up three steals. But Harvard's Emily Tay sank a jump shot and Jessica Knox netted two free-throws to put Bruno down by three with five minutes on the clock.

Both teams continued to trade baskets, but Harvard pushed its lead to six after Niki Finelli chipped in with a jump shot and a free-throw to head into halftime with a 28-22 lead.

In the first minute and a half of the second stanza, Bruno went on a 6-0 run to tie the game 28-28. Williams, Alexander and Jacobson each tallied buckets, but Harvard quickly came back and took a seven-point lead just a few minutes later.

The Crimson kept up the intensity, taking, 46-34, at the 12 minute mark after a trey by Emily Tay. Turnovers plagued the Bears, as they picked up 10 in the second half, as Harvard continued on its scoring spree going up, 63-43. Alexander added a lay-up and Williams chipped in with a jumper from the top of the key to bring the score to 68-47 to end the game.

Brown shot nearly 40 percent from the field for the game, but Harvard's 55 percent was too much for Bruno to handle. The Crimson was led by Emily Tay's 13 points, while Katie Rollins added 12.

Brown's Betsy Jacobson (Rochester, NY), Alexander and Lee each grabbed four rebounds, as Williams led the Bears in scoring with 11 points (5-8).

Brown will end its 2007-08 campaign tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. when it takes on Dartmouth at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears will honor its only senior, Ann O'Neal, prior to tip-off. Tickets are available by calling (401) 863-2773.