Ivy League Leading Princeton Tops Brown, 57-45

Princeton, N.J. – The Bears got off to a slow start at Jadwin Gym on Friday Night, falling behind 30-18 to end the first half, but Brown stayed right with Ivy League-leading Princeton in the second as each team tallied 27 points. The 57-45 win propels the Tigers to 14-4, 4-0 in conference play, while Brown falls to 11-8, 2-3 in the Ivies. Senior guard Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) tallied a team-high 10 points and grabbed four rebounds.

Four Bears had eight our more points, but the defense of the Tigers held Brown to difficult attempts, making open looks tough to find. Two of the best defensive units in the Ivy League showed up on Friday night as Bruno shot 26.7% from the field (16-of-60) while Princeton made just 33.3% of its shots (23-of-69).

Passafuime made the first basket of the game, a 3-pointer, but the Tigers scored the next seven on a 12-0. A second trey from Passafuime cut the deficit in half however, and then Sophie Bikofsky added a three of her own to make it a 12-9.

Brown cut it to a one-point game 6:46 on a jumper from Bikofsky, which made in an 18-17 Princeton lead. The Tigers soon woke up though, ending the half on a 12-1 run to take control.

The Bears scored four of the first five baskets to start the second half, closing within seven, 32-25, but a 13-4 run by Princeton put the Tigers back in the driver's seat.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from junior guard Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) and sophomore Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) cut it back to a 10-point game, 47-37, with 9:06 to play, but that was a close as the Bears would get.

Princeton used an 8-2 run to separate from Brown, and despite making three straight baskets in the final 1:48, the Bears were edged 57-45.

The Tigers were led by Niveen Rasheed's 19 points and eight rebounds and Kate Miller's 10 points and seven boards. 

The Bears will now take on the University of Pennsylvania at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Palestra.