November 17, 2006

Brown Falls 75-59 to Visiting Army

Although the Bears (0-2) were able to cut a 14-point deficit to just four in the second half, it wasn't enough to overcome Army (2-1) as they fell 75-59 on Friday evening at the Pizzitola Center.

Junior guard Annesley O'Neal (Franklin, GA), who was back in Brown's lineup after missing the Bears' season opener last week due to an injury, led the Bears offense this evening as she poured in 15 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out two assists.

For the second consecutive game, the Bears have been down by at least 14 points in the first half and have managed a comeback. Brown was down 30-18 with 5:23 remaining in the first half when a Brown timeout was called. The team came out of the huddle and onto the floor fired up as freshman forward Natalie Bonds (Taveres, FL) sparked the team by taking a charge with 4:03 left in the half.

The charge led to a great defensive stop by the Bears' as junior Lena McAfee (Reston, VA) scored a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 32-22. Brown limited the Black Knights to just one shot as they grabbed the rebound and got the ball to O'Neal who converted a jumper in the paint to make the score 32-24 with 2:46 remaining.

But it wasn't enough to overcome Army's Cara Enright, who went 5-8 in the first half, pouring in 14 of the Black Knights 37 points. Both Megan Evans and Alex McGuire each chipped in seven points a piece as Army headed into the locker room with a 37-31 lead. The team was shooting 50 percent from the field.

The Bears cut the deficit to four after four minutes of play in the second half after a jumper by McAfee and a layup by freshman Ashley Alexander (Houston, TX). But just as though it seemed as the Bears' had a chance to close the gap, Army's Enright and McGuire would come up big for the team.

Enright, who had a double-double, ended the game with a game-high 25 points and ten rebounds. McGuire poured in 20 points and pulled down four rebounds. Megan Evans had a game-high 14 rebounds.

O'Neal had a career-high 15 points, followed by sophomore Megan McCahill's (Highlands Ranch, CO) 14 points and seven rebounds. McAfee pulled down 10 rebounds.

The Bears are back in action at the Pizzitola Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19 against Fairfield.