Bears To Play Lehigh For Brown Classic Championship On Sunday

Dec. 4, 2004

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Providence, RI - The Brown women's basketball team extended its winning streak to five as it advanced to the championship game of the 13th annual Brown Classic on Saturday with a 69-61 win over Winthrop at the Pizzitola Center. The Bears scored off the opening tip and never looked behind as it held a double-digit lead for a good portion of the game. Three players scored in double figures, led by senior Holly Robertson's 15. Brown will play Lehigh, which defeated Bowling Green State 77-74 in the second game of the day, at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The Bears jumped out to a 19-9 lead in the first half, forcing nine Winthrop turnovers in the early going. The Eagles cut the lead to four, 20-16, with 6:10 left off strong rebounding and good passing. Brown quickly responded with an 8-1 run to take a 13-point lead, its biggest lead of the half, 32-19, at the 2:42 mark. The Eagles got it down to eight by halftime with a few free throws and a put back at the buzzer.

Winthrop turned the ball over 18 times and was held to 38% shooting. Robertson led Brown with 11 points in the half on 5-10 shooting. Sophomore Jessica Dukes poured in 12 points along with nine rebounds for the Eagles.

Brown held a double-digit lead for nearly the entire second half, going up by as many as 17. Winthrop went on an 11-2 drive to close out the game but it wasn't enough as the Eagles remain winless this season.

Robertson added seven rebounds, three steals and blocks to her 15 points. Sophomore Lena McAfee went 5-5 from the floor, including 1-1 from three-point land, for a season-high 11 points. Junior Colleen Kelly, who took a hard hit to the floor in the second half, finished with 10 points and a game-high five steals in 23 minutes of play. Junior Sarah Hayes pitched in eight points and seven rebounds as well.

In a game of runs, Lehigh University topped Bowling Green, 77-74, in the second match of the 2004 Brown Classic on Saturday at the Pizzitola Center.

Both teams were hot in the first half, shooting 50% from the field. Bowling Green broke out to a five point lead with a 9-0 run spanning 2:43 midway through the half. Lehigh brought it back to a one-point contest but the Falcons regained their lead of five with sophomore Liz Honegger draining two straight baskets, including a three by the 8:52 mark.

Lehigh then went on a big 14-2 run of its own towards the end of the half to take a 32-25 lead with 3:24 left to play. DePalo recorded six points on the drive.

The half ended with the Mountain Hawks up by four, 35-31, with 26 of their points coming inside the paint. DePalo led all players with 13 points in the half. Honegger led Bowling Green with 11.

The Mountain Hawks dominated the opening 13 minutes of the second half, pumping in 30 points to take an 18-point lead at the 7:35 mark. Bowling Green came storming back, making it a one-point game with 52 seconds left. A pair of free throws by Lehigh's Sara Ellis put the Mountain Hawks back up by three but freshman Kate Achter's jumper on the other end brought it back to one.

Lehigh made good on its next free throws with eight seconds remaining, giving the Falcons a chance to tie it with a three. Sophomore Carin Horne's three at the buzzer with a hand in her face fell just off the mark, giving Lehigh the 77-74 win.

DePalo led all players with 24 points on 10-18 shooting. Senior Mary Hynoski recorded a double-double with 16 points and ten rebounds for Lehigh as well. Horne knocked in 20 for Bowling Green while sophomore Ali Mann and Achter chipped in with 14 and 13 points respectively.