January 30, 2010

Bears Roll to 61-47 Victory over Penn

Philadelphia, PA-  Sophomore guard Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) tallied a game-high 21 points to help lead the Brown women’s basketball team (5-13, 2-2 Ivy) to a 61-47 victory against the University of Pennsylvania (1-16, 0-3) on Saturday evening at the Palestra. 

It was an even battle in the first 20 minutes of play tonight, as both the Bears and Quakers came out looking for a win.  Both teams shot 30 percent from the field, but the Bears were able to gain a 24-18 advantage heading into halftime with a solid defensive effort while limiting Penn to just one shot.  Senior forward Natalie Bonds (Taveres, FL) brought down a team-high five rebounds, as the Bears out-rebounded Penn 23-19.

The Quakers never had a lead, as Brown jumped out to an 11-7 advantage 11 minutes into the first stanza.  Sophomore guard Lindsay Steele (Erial, NJ) then scored Brown’s next six points to increase Brown’s lead to 17-11 with 4:50 left on the clock. 

However, Penn’s Amy Donovan broke a three-minute scoreless skid with a three pointer to cut Penn’s deficit to five with just under three minutes to go.  But the Bears came right back and scored the next six points to gain its largest lead of the night, 24-14, at the 1:41 mark.   The Quakers were able to bring it back to six with back-to-back buckets by Kim Adams to put the score at 24-18 heading into the locker room at the half.  

Both Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) and Steele led Bruno with six points apiece, as Penn’s Jourdan Banks and Kim Adams led the Quakers with four points each.

After a three by Penn’s Adams, Caitlin Slover scored six unanswered points to put the Quakers within two, 29-27, just four minutes into the second half.   The Bears answered with a jumper by freshman Sheila Dixon, but Penn’s Sara Ely hit a three to cut its deficit to one. 

Passafuime nailed a jumper and a three to give Brown a 36-30 lead with 11:40 remaining in the game.  Buckets by Aileen Daniels and a trey by Nickel increased the Bears’ lead to nine (45-36) with 6:34 to go.  Passafuime then drained a jumper in the paint, but Penn’s Jerin Smith broke a six-minute scoreless steak to put the score at 47-40. 

Brown began to pull away with stellar free throw shooting in the second half, which included Passafuime’s nine-of-10 from the line to take a 61-47 lead to win the game.  Passafuime posted a game-high 21 points, while Lindsay Nickel added 11 and Aileen Daniels pitched in with 10.   Senior guard Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) and Pasafuime each pulled down six rebounds, while Lee also dished out four assists.

Penn was led by Kim Adams’ 10 points, while Jessica Knapp tallied seven points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. 

The Bears will now host Columbia at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 5 and then Cornell the following evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.