Bears Fall Short Against Penn, 72-66

Providence, RI- Led by Alyssa Baron's 23 points, the University of Pennsylvania Quakers (12-14, 5-7 Ivy) defeated the Brown women's basketball team (16-11, 7-6), 72-66, on Friday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Junior guard Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) went 6-of-11 from the floor for 18 points and brought down a game-high seven rebounds to lead the Bears offense, as senior co-captain Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) followed with 13 points and three assists.

There were 41 fouls called in tonight's game, including 17 on the Quakers who went 24-of-28 from the free-throw line. Brown was 18-of-22 from the line, and was led by sophomore guard Lauren Clarke's 6-of-6 performance.

Penn shot 44 percent from the field in the first half and took eight more shots than the Bears to gain a 34-28 advantage at halftime.

Brown's only lead of the half was after a three pointer by Clarke at 19:08 to give Bruno a 3-2 edge, but the Quakers were able to build up as much as an 11-point lead with 4:30 remaining in the half. The Bears finished on a 9-4 run to cut their deficit to six at the intermission.

The Bears clawed their way back in the second half as a three by junior guard Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) at 12:25 evened the score at 46-46, but once again the Quakers pulled ahead to take a 55-49 lead with 6:47 left.

A three by senior co-captain Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) with 5:00 on the clock cut Penn's lead to five, 57-52, and Dixon hit a jumper in the paint to bring Bruno within three. Penn extended its lead back up to six, but Dixon drained a jumper to keep the Bears within reach, 64-60, with 2:45 left in the game.

Once again it was Dixon who nailed a baseline jumper to cut Brown's deficit to four with 1:20 on the clock, and a Dixon steal after a Penn inbounds pass led to a layup to put the Bears within two, 66-64, with 52 seconds to go.

Penn sank two free throws with 20 seconds left, and freshman Sophie Bikofsky came back down to hit a layup to put the score at 68-66. Forced to foul, Jess Knapp sank two free throws as Penn extended its lead to six to earn the win.

The Bears will be back in action at 7 p.m. tomorrow night vs. first-place Princeton. Brown will honor its three seniors prior to the game – Sthefany Alviar, Hannah Passafuime and Aileen Daniels.