December 30, 2003

Women's Basketball Charges Past San Diego State 57-49 at UAB Tournament

Dec. 30, 2003

Birmingham, AL - The Brown women's basketball team took third place at UAB's Lady Blazer Invitational with a hard fought 57-49 victory over San Diego State on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Brown crawled its way back from an 18-4 deficit in the first half and never looked back as it gained the lead for good early in the second half. The Bears are now 3-6 on the season. Sophomore Sarah Hayes led Brown with her first double-double of the season, recording season-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Nyema Mitchell, playing in her hometown of Birmingham, added 14 points and nine rebounds in the victory.

The first half looked to be disastrous for the Bears as they trailed 18-4 midway through, having not scored a point since the opening three minutes of the game. However, Brown made a huge comeback, going on a 22-8 run, to tie the score 26-26 by the half.

It was junior Holly Robertson's three-point basket with ten seconds left on the clock that knotted the score. The Bears were relentless on defense, forcing 12 turnovers and turned it up on the offensive side to even the score. Hayes led the charge, scoring nine of Brown's 22 points on the drive.

Brown maintained its intensity going into the second half and took its first lead of the game early on in the half. The Bears took a 39-33 lead after two three-point field goals by sophomore Colleen Kelly and another by freshman Ashley King-Bischof.

The Aztecs hung around as Brown could not convert on its free throws, but Mitchell helped push the Bears back up to six with three straight buckets later on in the half. Hayes helped seal the victory with five out of six made free throws down the stretch.

Also contributing in the win for the Bears was Kelly with eight points. Junior Holly Robertson and senior Miranda Craigwell were ruthless on the boards in the second half as they finished the game with eight and six respectively. Overall, Brown dominated the boards, 50-32, including 23-9 on the offensive side. Senior Tanara Golston dished out a game-high six assists as well.

Brown will return home to Providence to host American on Friday, Jan. 2 at 4 p.m. at the Pizzitola Center.