January 29, 2012

Bears Valiant Effort Falls Short; Harvard Defeats Brown 65-57

Cambridge, MA- The Brown women's basketball team (11-7, 2-2) overcame an 18-point second half deficit and tied the score with a three pointer by sophomore guard Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) with 4:31 remaining in the game, but it wasn't enough as the Harvard Crimson (9-8, 2-1) outlasted the Bears 65-57 at Lavietes Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.

Senior co-captain Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) led Brown's offense this afternoon with 15 points, including an 8-of-8 effort from the free throw line, while also grabbing seven rebounds, followed by senior co-captain Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) with 13 points. Also contributing was junior guard Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Brogan Berry led Harvard with a game-high 16 points, and Victoria Lippert and Christine Clarke added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Miriam Rutzen recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Down 44-26 just four minutes into the second half, the Bears went on a 23-7 run over the next 9:43, which included eight free throws and a jumper by Passafuime to cut Brown's deficit to 51-49. The Bears continued to scrap and eventually tied the score with Clarke's big trey, but the Crimson would eventually come out on top.

Brown ended the game shooting 35 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the free throw line (17-21), while connecting on just 4 of 18 treys. The Crimson finished 44 percent from the floor and 32 percent from beyond the arc.

In the first half, the Bears offense struggled and went just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. Harvard came out hot shooting nearly 60 percent from the field to jump out to a 34-20 lead at the intermission.

Led by Christine Clarke's 13 points, Harvard gained an 11-4 lead after a made free throw by Clarke, and went on an 8-1 run over the next 2:48 to extend its lead to 18-5.

The Bears had scores from Sheila Dixon, Lindsay Nickel and Sophie Beutel, but Harvard continued to force the Bears into turnovers and built its lead to 32-13 with 4:33 remaining in the half. After a three by Passafuime and a layup by Dixon the score was 32-18 at the 3:03 mark, but the Crimson headed into intermission with a 34-20 advantage.

The second half was very different from the first as the Bears committed just six turnovers and ended the night 17-21 from the charity stripe. Down 18 just four minutes into the half, the Bears began their comeback which started with a jumper by Lindsay Nickel. And nine minutes later the Bears were down just two, 51-49, after a layup by Daniels. Harvard pushed its lead back up to five, but the Bears would then tie the game with a layup by Passafuime and a three by Clarke at 4:31. The game would be tied just one more time at 57-57, before Harvard would eventually earn the 65-57 win.

The Bears are back in action next weekend when they travel to Princeton on Friday, Feb. 3 and Penn on Saturday, Feb. 4. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m.