December 2, 2007

Bears Fall to St. Joseph's in Championship Game of Brown Bear Basketball Classic

Dec. 2, 2007

Box Score

Providence, RI - Despite junior Amy Ehrhart's (Golden, CO) 16-point effort, the Brown women's basketball team (1-8) fell to the St. Joseph's University Hawks (5-2) on Sunday during the championship game of the 17th annual Brown BEAR Basketball Classic. Sophomore Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) and Ehrhart were named to the All-Tournament team.

Although trailing 34-23 at the half and falling behind by as many as 16 points midway through the second half, the Bears fought back against the hot shooting Hawks and cut their deficit to just five points with two minutes left in the game.

With the score 51-37 with 6:43 left on the clock, sophomore Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) hit a jumper and senior captain Annesley O'Neal (Franklin, GA) followed with a lay-up after a St. Joseph's turnover. Another Hawk turnover led to a lay-up by sophomore Shae Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) to cut the Bears' deficit to just 10 points.

Shots by Ehrhart, Johnson and Lee brought the score within five with 1:51 left on the clock, but the Hawks drained four free-throws after the Bears picked up two quick fouls with 57 seconds remaining in the game.

St. Joseph's then went five-for-six from the charity stripe to increase its lead to 13, but free throws from freshman Karly Grace (Camp Hill, PA) and a lay-up by Lee brought the deficit to 11 to end the game.

Ehrhart's 16 points was a career-high, as she shot 50 percent from the field and was four-for-four from the free-throw line. Johnson added nine points, while O'Neal had seven points and five rebounds. Sophomore Natalie Bonds (Tavares, FL) led the team in rebounds with eight.

St. Joseph's was led by Amy Wold's 20 points, as Ashley Logue picked up a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Wold was named the Brown Bear Basketball Classic's Tournament MVP.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when they take on Boston University at 7:00 p.m.

Brown Bear Basketball Classic All-Tournament Team:

Amy Ehrhart - Brown University
Christina Johnson - Brown University
Caitlin Flood - Manhattan College
Shannon Carlisle - Howard University
Timisha Gomez - St. Joseph's University

Most Valuable Player: Amy Wold - St. Joseph's University