Bears Advance to Brown Classic Championship With 86-71 Routing of Hampton

Dec. 3, 2005

Providence, RI - In its 2005-06 home opener, the Brown women's basketball team (2-3) advanced to the championship game of the Brown Classic with a 86-71 victory over Hampton on Saturday at the Pizzitola Center. The Bears will play Stony Brook , a 79-74 winner over Arkansas State in game two, on Sunday at 3 p.m. Senior Sarah Hayes went over the 1,000 point mark, leading the Bears with 25 points and eight rebounds. She is the 14th player in Brown women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Senior Colleen Kelly also became the Bears' all-time leader in three-point field goals, knocking down the 125th of her career in the first half.

A jumper by Hayes with 15:53 left to play in the first half gave Brown the lead for good as it went up by as many as 32 points. The Bears shot an astounding 60% from the field in the first half, led by Hayes' 5-8 shooting for 13 points. An 11-3 run closed out the half, pushing Brown to a 50-25 halftime lead. Freshman Megan McCahill added six points in the half off a pair of three's. The Pirates committed 24 turnovers compared to Brown's eight.

An 11-4 run opened up the second half, ballooning the lead to 32, 59-27, with 15:54 left to play. Hayes notched six points on the drive with junior Lena McAfee added the other five.

By the 5:44 mark, Hampton was able to cut the lead down to 17, 79-62, behind the three-point shooting of Rachel Butler. Butler posted a school record 10 treys, seven of them coming in the second half.

A jumper by senior Jackie Vocell with 4:26 left gave Brown an 85-63 lead as the Bears did not allow the Pirates to get back under the 20-point barrier until the final minute of the game.

Brown shot a season-high 51.6% from the field, guided by Hayes' 10-14 performance. McAfee also had the hot hand, going 6-8 for a season-high 14 points. Vocell added nine points for the Bears as well.

Hampton and Arkansas State will play in the consolation game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the Brown/Stony Brook championship showdown.