Bears Battle Temple Down To The Wire

Bears Battle Temple Down To The Wire

Nov. 19, 2004

Box Score

Providence, RI - Sophomore Ashley King-Bischof's three pointer with 15 seconds left pulled the Brown women's basketball team to within three as it stormed back from an 11 point deficit in the span of just 34 seconds in the Bears season-opener against Temple on Friday night. In a game that saw 49 personal fouls and 61 free throw attempts, Temple, the defending Atlantic 10 champions, were able to sneak past the Bears with four straight from the line. Senior Holly Robertson led three Brown players in double figures with 19 on the night.

The first half was a back and forth battle with nine lead changes. The Bears took their biggest lead of the game with 14:14 left in the half on the strength an 8-0 run to go up by six, 13-7. The Owls, who are the preseason favorite for the A-10 championship once again this season, rallied back to take a six-point lead of their own with 57 second left in the first. A pair of free throws by sophomore Colleen Kelly, who added 14 points in the loss, cut the lead to four by the end of the half, 29-25.

Temple's constant pressure defense began to wear on the Bears in the second half as the Owls surged ahead. Temple took a 15-point lead, its biggest lead of the game, by the 9:02 mark with a pair of free throws by Candice Dupree, who had a game-high 25 points.

Still down by 15 with 7:46 left in the game, the Bears kicked it into high gear, going on a 23-11 run to pull within three with 15 seconds left. A steal by junior Sarah Hayes immediately following King-Bischof's huge three pointer gave Brown a chance to tie but Hayes jumper in the lane fell off target.

Hayes recorded 15 points along with six rebounds in the loss. Robertson led Brown with nine rebounds on the night. Senior Andrea Conrad saw her first action since the 2002-03 season after sitting out last season with an injury. She contributed five points and four rebounds in the loss.

Brown will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Fairleigh Dickinson. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The Bears defeated the Knights, 69-52, in their season-opener last season at the Pizzitola Center.