Both teams suffered from a few pre-game jitters, as the Bears were forced into six turnovers and PC shot just 15 percent (2-13) from the field to put the score at 6-5 after the first 10 minutes of play. Both Grace and sophomore Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) hit three-pointers to lead Brown's offensive attack. The Friars quickly picked up the pace and went on a 14-0 run, taking a 19-6 lead with 3:49 left in the first stanza.
Sophomore Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) answered back with a baseline drive and put in a lay-up, followed by baskets by Passafuime and Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) to put the score at 25-12 heading into halftime. The Bears did a terrific on the boards to stay within reach, out-rebounding the Friars 26-19.
The Bears picked up several quick fouls in the first five minutes of play, as the Friars continued to extend its lead to 34-15. The Friars, shooting 53 percent from the field, increased the score to 49-24 with 7:20 remaining in the game as PC's Mi-Khida Hankins and Chelsea Marandola went to work. The talented tandem led the Friars in scoring with 18 and 16 points, respectively, as Shantee Darrian put in nine points and grabbed nine rebounds just missing a double-double.
The Bears out-rebounded PC for a majority of the game, but the Friars pulled ahead at the end for a 42-41 advantage. Grace was Brown's leading scorer with nine points (all three-pointers), followed by Passafuime with seven and Williams with six. Sophomore Sarah Delk (Atlanta, GA) led the team in rebounding with six, as both Williams and Johnson pulled down five.
The Bears will now host Quinnipiac University at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Pizzitola Sports Center.