Dec. 1, 2004
Sophomore Lena McAfee's lay-up with two seconds left to play propelled the Brown women's basketball team to a thrilling 66-65 win over in-state rival Rhode Island on Wednesday night at the Pizzitola Center. Junior Colleen Kelly, who was tied up on the floor, found McAfee all alone under the basket for the game-winner. The Bears, winners of their last four games, are now 4-1 on the season while Rhode Island falls to 2-3 on the year. Senior Holly Robertson led the Bears with 20 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
The Rams held a 32-28 lead at the half on the strength of 14 points off turnovers. The Bears had trouble controlling the ball all night due to a pesky URI defense that picked Brown's pocket 22 times on the night.
The first half of the final frame saw a total of seven ties as both teams went back and forth before the Rams rallied together a 6-0 run to take a 53-47 lead at the 8:27 mark. Rhode Island still held a six-point advantage with 2:23 left but Brown pulled through in the clutch.
Kelly sparked the run with a jumper off a screen with 2:04 left to play. A good look by junior Jackie Vocell to Robertson under the basket drew a foul, sending the Bears 6'5" center to the line. Robertson drained both free throws to make it a two-point game, 63-61 with 1:05 left.
The Rams brought it back up to four on the next play before Kelly nailed a three on the other end of the court to make it a one-point contest, 65-64, with 43 seconds showing on the clock.
Rhode Island fired up an air ball with the shot clock ticking down on the next play but retained possession of the ball with just 14 seconds left. On the inbounds the Rams committed a costly offensive foul, bringing it back the other way.
With six seconds left on the clock Kelly gained control of the ball near the top of the key and was immediately swarmed by the URI defense. Falling to the floor in a fight to keep the ball, Kelly connected with McAfee to give the Bears the one-point victory.
Kelly and junior Sarah Hayes both finished with 12 points apiece while Vocell added nine on 3-6 shooting from behind the arc and a team-high five assists. Senior Andrea Conrad came down with several key rebounds, totaling five on the night.
The Bears will host the 13th annual Brown Classic this weekend, beginning on Saturday. The Bears will face Winthrop in the opening match at 1 p.m. Bowling Green will take on Leigh in the second game of the day, set to begin at 3 p.m. The losers of each game on Saturday will play in the consolation match on Sunday at 1 p.m. while the championship game will be held at 3 p.m.