Bears Hold Off Rhody Rally; Defeat Rams 53-40 at Ryan Center for Sixth Straight Win
Kingston, R.I. – The Brown women's basketball team captured its sixth consecutive victory tonight at the Ryan Center when it defeated the University of Rhode Island 53-40. The win improved Brown to 9-4 on the year, while the Rams dropped to 1-14 overall.
Senior forward Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) led the Brown offense with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and grabbed five rebounds, while sophomore Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) added 13 points, and pulled down seven rebounds. Brown ended the game shooting 41 percent from the field, and out-rebounded the Rams 36-28.
Emilie Cloutier's 11 points and two rebounds led the Rhode Island offense, and Corinne Coia followed behind with 10 points and seven rebounds. The Rams shot 33 percent from the field for the game, including a 48 percent effort in the second half.
The Bears roared out to a 7-0 lead over the Rams to start tonight's contest, and continued to build their lead throughout the half with the help of 42 percent shooting from the floor and 44 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Brown, ahead 25-5 with 6:20 remaining in the first half, held the Rams to just 22 percent shooting from the floor in the first half.
The Rams went on an 11-0 run over the last six minutes of the half to head into the locker room at halftime down by just nine, 25-16.
Rhode Island starting the second half on a 6-0 run to come within three of the Bears, but a trey by Brown's Clarke pushed Brown's lead back up to six at the 15:36 mark. Then, Daniels knocked in back-to-back jumpers, and Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) nailed a trey to give Brown a 35-26 lead at the 12-minute mark.
Brown remained in control of the game for the remainder of the half, and rebuilt its lead to 47-32 with just over four minutes to go.
Two free throws by URI's Emilie Cloutier cut the team's deficit to 49-38 with 1:35 left on the clock, but Daniels knocked down two free throws and Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) hit a jumper to give Brown a 53-38 lead. Corinne Coia sank two free throws with four seconds left in the game to cut their deficit to 13, 53-40 to end the game.
The Bears are back in action at the Pizzitola Sports Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 13 against Yale.