Bears Fall to Fordham in Home Opener

Nov. 22, 2002

The Brown University Women's Basketball Team kicked off the 2002-2003 season with a loss to Fordham at the Pizzitola Gymansium 78-63. Freshman Colleen Kelly (Rochester, NY) led the Bears with 20 points and three steals playing in 38 minutes for the first time as a Bear. Kelly was three of four from three point range in the first half and finished the game shooting seven of 16 from the field.

The Bears took the lead at the 17 minute mark in the first half and held on to that lead going in to the locker room at halftime. Fordham came out in the second half with a tough man to man defense that the Bears had trouble beating. The Rams tied the game at 13:30 in the second and then took the lead 30 seconds later and held onto it for the victory.

Brown shot 47% in the first half converting 15 of 32 shots as the Rams shot only 34% netting ten of 29. The second half the tables turned with the Bears shooting 30% on nine of 30 and Fordham converting 17 of 33 for 52% from the field.

Brown junior forward Nyema Mitchell (Birmingham, AL) netted 13 points and pulled down seven boards, leading the Bears in rebounds. Bears' junior Tanara Golston (Skokie, IL) was a huge spark off the bench recording 12 points, two assists, and two steals.

The Bears' offense was led by freshman point guard Sarah Hayes who played in 32 minutes of the game leading the team in assists with five, contributing six points, and grabbing five boards.

Brown, now 0-1 will travel to Providence Tuesday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. and will then go on to compete in the Maine Thanksgiving Tournament.