Dec. 7, 2005
Providence, RI - An offensive struggle resulted in a 73-59 loss to Boston University on Wednesday night for the Brown women's basketball team. The Bears went just 21-61 from the field as the Terriers outscored them 37-25 in the second half. Brown fought to get to within two, 36-34, at the half but went on to shoot just 29 percent in the second half. Seniors Sarah Hayes and Jackie Vocell each led Brown with 15 points in the loss. Hayes fell just one rebound shy of a double-double as she pulled down a season-high of nine. BU h as now won five straight games to improve to 5-1 on the season while the Bears drop to 3-4.
BU jumped out to an 11-2 lead before Vocell knocked down her first of four three's in the half and junior Ashley King-Bischof converted on a lay-up to get Brown back into the game. The Terriers continued their hot shooting however, going on a 15-3 run, to take a 16 point lead, 26-10, by the 7:13 mark. BU shot 6-8 during the span while Brown couldn't find the range, shooting just 4-15 up until that point.
The Bears relied on their three-point shooting to keep the game within reach as they went 6-11 in the half from behind the arc. Vocell connected on two more three's while freshman Jaclyn Goldbarg added a trey of her own, quickly cutting the lead down to seven with 5:20 left .
Off a set in-bounds play, Vocell found Hayes open under the basket for an easy lay-up to get the Bears to within five, 26-21. A jumper by senior Colleen Kelly with 3:58 on the clock made it a three-point contest, 29-26, but BU converted four straight free throws to gain back a seven-point advantage.
Fearing another three by Vocell, BU fouled her behind the line, sending the senior to the stripe for three shots. After making all three, Hayes followed with a jumper in the paint, which closed the gap to two, 33-31, with 2:29 on the clock. A lay-up by BU's Christine Kinneary gave the Terriers a five-point lead but a three by junior Lena McAfee with nine seconds left brought it back to a two-point contest, 36-34, at the half.
Vocell led Brown with 15 points in the half off 4-8 shooting, including 4-7 from downtown. Goldbarg and McAfee added five each as well. Cheri Raffo led BU with 15 points.
Brown took its first lead of the game, 40-36, 2:08 into the second half as freshman Amy Ehrhart took over in the paint, scoring two straight baskets. The two teams swapped baskets before the Terriers broke out to a seven point edge, 51-44, by the 12:11 mark.
The Bears stuck around, knocking the lead back down to four twice with Hayes netting 11 of her 15 points in the second half. Up by six, 63-57, with 5:21 remaining, the Terriers put the game in the bag with a 10-0 drive, during which Brown went the final 6:21 of the game without a field goal. The game marked the first time this season the Bears did not record over ten steals as they recorded a season-low of four. Brown came into the game averaging a league-high 11.2 per game. The Terriers posted 23 points off Brown's 16 turnovers while the Bears managed just 12 off BU's 16.
Brown will host George Mason on Saturday at 2 p.m. before taking its winter break. The Bears will not play again until Dec. 30 when they travel down to Atlanta, Georgia to take part in the Yellow Jackets Holiday Tournament.