March 4, 2011

Bears Capture 60-55 Victory over Cornell

Providence, R.I. – Sophomore guard Sheila Dixon netted 17 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Brown women's basketball team to a 60-55 victory over Cornell on Friday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win improved Brown to 9-18 overall and 5-8 in the Ivy League, while Cornell dropped to 6-21 with a 3-10 mark in the league.

The Bears found themselves down early, as Cornell gained a 13-8 advantage in the first six minutes of the game. The Big Red continued to stay hot shooting over 40 percent from the field to increasing their lead 22-14 with 8:35 remaining in the first half.

Sophomore guard Lindsay Nickel drained a deep three at the 8:15 mark to spark Brown's 12-0 run over the next five minutes to gain a 26-22 lead with 3:40 on the clock. Junior Hannah Passafuime put in a layup after a great dish from point guard Lauren Clarke, and after two Cornell free throws Nickel drained her second three to hand Bruno a 29-24 advantage. The Big Red's Spencer Lane netted a jumper to decrease their deficit to three, but Passafuime made a layup with 11 seconds left on the clock to give Bruno a 31-26 lead at the intermission.

Junior forward Aileen Daniels opened the second half with five unanswered points to help the Bears to a 10-point lead. But the Big Red quickly responded with a 12-4 run to tie the game at 42-42 with 9:55 left on the clock. The two teams battled back and forth and traded baskets over the next few minutes, but Cornell's Spencer Lane knocked in a jumper to give Cornell its first lead of the second half, 53-52, with 3:34 left in the game.

Brown answered with a free throw by Daniels at 2:17 to tie the game, 53-53. and converted the next five out of six free throws to extend its lead to four points, 57-53, with 57 seconds remaining.

Dixon added two assists and three steals to her 17 points tonight, while Daniels netted 14 points and grabbed five boards. Also scoring in double-figures was Passafuime with 11 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Bears finished the game 39 percent shoring from the field, and out-rebounded their opponent for the third straight game, 39-35.

Clare Fitzpatrick led the Cornell offense with 19 points and four assists, while Allyson DiMagno put in 10 points and grabbed eight boards. Cornell finished the night shooting 39 percent from the field as well, and connected on just 5-of-23 from the behind the three-point arc.

The Bears will end their season tomorrow (Saturday) at 7 p.m., hosting Columbia in a Senior Night match-up at the Pizzitola Sports Center..