Bears Falter In Final Minutes Against Dayton

Dec. 28, 2004

Miami, FL - Looking to capture its third tournament title of the season, the Brown women's basketball team failed to advance to the championship game of the Florida International Sun & Fun Classic with a 63-51 opening-round loss to Dayton on Tuesday afternoon. Despite the Bears shooting just 25 percent in the second half of play, the game was up for grabs by the three minute mark with the score tied 48 all. The Flyers drained back-to-back three's and added nine free throws in the closing minutes to earn the victory. Junior Sarah Hayes led the now 6-3 Bears with 15 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

Brown jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the opening four minutes of play with Hayes pouring in seven points on the drive, including a three-point play to cap off of the run. Dayton regrouped and was able to get to within two, 9-7, by the 14:55 mark and eventually took its first lead with 11:24 left to play, 15-13.

Strong passing and good defense lifted the Bears to a 29-20 advantage by the 3:32 mark. Hayes continued her key play, adding six more points for a game-high 13 points in the half.

The Flyers rebounded their way back in the final minutes of the half, cutting the lead to two, 29-27, with 1:53 on the clock. Senior Andrea Conrad's offensive board and pass to sophomore Lena McAfee under the basket sent Brown into the locker room with a four-point cushion, 31-27.

Dayton's double teams limited senior leading-scorer Holly Robertson to just three first half points. Neither team shot over 40 percent in the half but the Bears were 9-10 from the foul line, including a 5-5 effort from Hayes, who also contributed a game-high seven rebounds.

Brown hit a four-minute dry spell in the second half, allowing Dayton to tie the game, 35-35, with 16:33 to play. Robertson broke the drought with a lay-up under the basket off a nice look from sophomore Katie Barr. Robertson followed up with an offensive put-back to give the Bears a 39-35 advantage at the 12:58 mark.

The Flyers rallied back to take their first lead of the second half with a three-pointer with 11:50 left to play. The two teams battled back and forth down to the stretch, setting up a tie game, 48 all, with three minutes left on the clock.

Dayton's Emily Williams drained a three to give the Flyers a 51-48 lead at the 2:50 mark. Another three by Dayton pushed the lead to six, 54-48, with 1:32 left. After four made free throws by the Flyer's Katie Butler, junior Colleen Kelly nailed a three from way out, cutting the lead to seven with 38 seconds remaining. Butler went on to make five more free throws to ice the victory for the Flyers however as the Bears failed to make good on a pair of three-point attempts.

Kelly and Robertson added ten points apiece in the loss for Brown, which will play Stony Brook in the consolation game of the 2004 Sun& Fun Classic tomorrow at 5 p.m.