Dec. 28, 2006
San Diego, CA - Despite senior Ashley King-Bischof's 20 points and 10 rebounds, the Brown women's basketball team (2-9) fell, 63-52, to host San Diego State (7-3) in the first game of the San Diego Surf `n Slam Classic.
Although the Bears suffered from 16 first-half turnovers, Brown headed into the locker room down, 24-21. Freshman Shae Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) led Brown's first-half offensive surge with seven points, followed by senior Ashley King-Bischof (Pleasanton, CA) with six, as Bruno was able to take the lead two times during the half.
The Bears, who were able to keep themselves in the game by their stalwart effort on the glass, out-rebounded the Aztecs 21-10 in the first half. They kept the pressure up in the second half and still held a 34-24 edge in rebounds.
Brown found themselves down just 43-39 with 7:10 remaining in the second half and was kept alive by King-Bischof's 14-point second-half performance. But it wasn't enough to stop San Diego's Jennifer Lawton who put up 15 second-half points to give the Aztecs their biggest lead of the night, 55-46.
Junior Annesley O'Neal was able to convert on two jump shots with 30 seconds remaining in the game to put the score at 59-50. Aztec free throws by Desiree Johnson and a jumper by Layton sealed San Diego's victory at 63-52, despite a steal and lay-up made by Brown freshman Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) in the final five seconds of competition.
Leading Brown's scoring was King-Bischof with 20 points and 10 rebounds, followed by O'Neal's 10 points. Freshman Lindsay Walls (Santa Cruz, CA) pulled down five rebounds as Fitzpatrick and senior Lena McAfee (Reston, VA) each grabbed four.
Depending on who loses, Brown will play either No. 17 George Washington or No. 11 University of Georgia at 2 p.m. on Saturday.