December 30, 2005

Bears Falter Against UMass, 70-60

Dec. 30, 2005

Box Score

Atlanta, GA - The Brown women's basketball team's woes against the UMass Minutewomen continued on Friday as it dropped a 70-60 decision to its A-10 foes in the first round of the George Tech/Atlanta Marriot NW Holiday Invitational. Senior Colleen Kelly led the way for Brown with 18 points and six rebounds. The Bears have now lost all seven of their match-ups with the Minutewomen. Brown, which will face Alabama State in the consolation game Saturday at 11:30 a.m., falls to 3-6 on the year while UMass improves to 3-7.

Brown got out to a slow start, turning the ball over on several of its early possessions. A three by the Minutewomen gave them an eight point lead just under three minutes into the game. The Bears were finally able to break out of their drought, scoring six straight points to get to within one with 15:26 left.

UMass responded back with a 9-0 run to take a 17-6 lead by the 12:12 mark. The Minutewomen used their size advantage underneath, outscoring Brown 20-6 in the paint.

Three straight three-point baskets by the Bears, including back-to-back three's by Kelly, got Brown to within five, 20-15, with 9:40 left until halftime. Kelly led the Bears with 12 points in the half.

The Minutewomen found their range late in the half, giving them a 12 point lead going into the locker room, 39-27. The Bears shot just 30% from the field, going just 9-30 while UMass went 14-30 for 47%. Pam Rosanio guided the Minutewomen with 11 first half points.

The Bears shooting woes continued into the second half, preventing them from narrowing the gap as UMass still held its 12 point lead with under 15 minutes left, 48-36.

Five minutes later, it was an eight point contest, 54-46, thanks to a three by freshman Megan McCahill followed by buckets by sophomore Annesley O'Neal and junior Lena McAfee.

UMass didn't allow the Bears to creep any closer however as it knocked down a three on its next possession and added two free throws on its next trip to push the lead up to 13, 59-46, with 8:46 left.

A lay-up by Kelly and back-to-back field goals by McAfee brought the lead down to nine, 59-50, with 6:42 remaining. The two teams went on to trade baskets heading into the final minutes of the game with UMass holding an eight point lead, 67-59.

Brown managed just one point in the final three minutes of the game as senior Sarah Hayes' jumper from the wing with one minute remaining rimmed in and out. The basket would be cut the lead to six but instead the Minutewomen were able to hold on for the 70-60 victory.