Dec. 6, 2003
Providence, RI - Senior Tanara Golston scored a career-high 25 points as the Brown women's basketball team defeated the University of New Hampshire 77-62 on Saturday in the opening round of the 12th annual Brown Classic. The win advances the Bears to the championship game tomorrow against 24th ranked Boston College as the Eagles edged out Liberty 74-70 in overtime in the second match of the day.
Brown surged its way to a 35-32 halftime lead, going on a 17-3 run in the final six minutes. New Hampshire had built a 29-18 lead by the 6:59 mark but went on to commit eight turnovers as the Bears turned on the pressure. Golston and junior Holly Robertson led the attack with 10 of Brown's 17 points as they each chipped in five. Robertson led Brown with 10 points total in the half.
The Bears took control in the second half as Golston knocked in 18 of her 25, including 8-8 from the foul line. She added a game-high six assists and two steals as well. Senior Nyema Mitchell finished with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds while Robertson totaled 12 points and four boards. Sophomore Sarah Hayes chipped in with nine points, five steals and five rebounds and sophomore Colleen Kelly returned to the line-up, contributing eight points.
In the second game of the day, Boston College and Liberty battled it out in a see-saw thriller. The game saw 11 ties and 12 lead changes. The Flames had a five-point lead with 1:24 left to go but the Eagles brought it to within two as Jessalyn Deveny was fouled behind the arc and made good on all three free throws. Liberty turned the ball over on the next possession with an offensive foul, giving Boston College the ball with nine seconds remaining. Deveny's jumper with four seconds left on the clock tied the game at 64, sending it into overtime. The Eagles grabbed a six-point lead with 1:03 left to play in overtime and held on for the 74-70 win.
Liberty and New Hampshire will play for third place tomorrow at 1 p.m. while Brown will shoot for the title against Boston College at 3 p.m.