Providence, R.I. – Senior tri-captain Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) lit up for a career-high 27 points to lead the Brown women's basketball team (1-0) to a season-opening 82-48 victory over St. Peters College at the Pizzitola Sports Center this afternoon. Nickel added seven three pointers for the Bears today, to tie the record set by Jinny Gill '90 in 1988.
Adding to the Bears' offense was junior Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and a team-high three steals, followed by senior captain Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) with 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
"I was really excited about the consistency of our defense and our ability to focus in and work to bring our best each play," said Head Women's Basketball Coach Jean Marie Burr.
The Bears led by as much as nine points in the first half as Nickel poured in 16 points to send the Bears into halftime with a 30-26 advantage over the Peacocks.
In the first four minutes of the game, a three pointer by Nickel gave the Bears a 10-3 lead, but St. Peter's cut its deficit to one after a jumper by Hala El Shaarawy. Coach Burr quickly called a 30-second timeout to calm some first-game jitters, and the Bears came out of the huddle on a 7-0 run over a three-minute span to take a 17-9 lead.
St. Peter's once again closed the gap to two after a jumper by Emily Brown, but Nickel scored the Bears' next five consecutive points to push Brown's lead back up to seven, 22-15, with 5:46 remaining in the half.
Two free throws by rookie Jordin Alexander (Fishers, IN) gave Brown a nine-point lead, its largest of the half, but the Peacocks brought the game within four at the intermission.
Kaydine Bent put in a layup to start the second scoring, and cut St. Peter's deficit to just two. The Bears roared back with seven straight points scored by Dixon to lead by nine at the 18:13 mark.
Once again, St. Peter's brought the score back within one after hitting three treys and two layups during a 13-5 run over the next four minutes of the game.
The Bears picked up their intensity on both ends of the floor and made some key stops to extend their lead to 60-42 with 7:33 left in the game. Brown ended the game on a 20-6 run, including points by rookies Alexander, Natalie Ball, and Ellise Sharpe.
Brown's three freshmen had a solid season-opener, combining for 16 points. Sharpe led the way with seven, hitting all three free throws, while Ball added five points and Alexander knocked in four.
The Bears will now hit the road for their next four games, starting with a 7 p.m. game at Fairfield on Tuesday, Nov. 13.