KINGSTON, RI -- The Brown women's basketball team shook off a shaky first half to defeat the University of Rhode Island Rams 73-60 on Wednesday night at Keaney Gymnasium.
After leading by a point, 28-27, at the half, Brown pulled away in the second as the defense took over and the Bears were able to work the post game to perfection. Brown defense forced URI into four 30-second clock violations, and the Bears capitalized on offense to snap a four-game losing streak.
Brown center Rachael MacDonald caught fire in the second half, as she finished 5-of-10 from the field and a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line, finishing with 15 points and 9 boards. Barbara Maloni, who completed a pair of three-point plays as Brown opened up a 17 point lead with three minutes to play, added a game-high 16 points and 9 boards on 6-of-14 shooting.
Erin-Kate Barton also scored in double figures, as she scored a season-high ten for Brown, who improved to 3-5 with the win. The victory also marked the first time in the 20-game rivalry between Brown and URI that the Bears have taken consecutive wins from URI.
Brown is next in action on December 29 and 30, when they participate in the Texas A&M Holiday Tournament. The Bears face Alcorn State on the 29th, and will then face either Texas A&M or Centenary on the 30th.