Kingston, R.I. – Senior captain Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) earned her first double-double of the 2012-13 season with 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Brown women's basketball team to a 55-51 victory over the University of Rhode Island on Wednesday evening at The Ryan Center. Both Brown and Rhode Island are 2-2 on the year.
The Rams roared to a 5-0 lead to start the game, but the Bears scored the next eight points with the help of two treys by junior Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) and a jumper by senior captain Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) to take an 8-5 lead.
Rhode Island regained the lead with 9:03 left in the first half after a layup by Kerry Wallack, but Dixon drained the next five consecutive points to take a 21-16 advantage over the Rams with 5:33 on the clock. A layup by Samantha Tabakman evened the game at 22-22, but Dixon hit a jumper at the 34-second mark to give Brown a 24-22 advantage at the intermission.
Dixon scored five points in Brown's 9-4 run to start the second half, and Nickel added a three to put Brown ahead 37-27. However, URI's Tayra Melendez scored seven of her 11 second-half points over the next seven minutes to bring the Rams within one, 46-45 with 5:53 remaining in the game.
Emilie Cloutier scored the Ram's next four points to put URI back on top by three, 49-46, with 3:37 on the clock, but a layup and a free throw by sophomore Nelly Weledji (Overland Park, KS) evened the score 49-49. In the final 2.5 minutes of the game, the Bears outscored Rhode Island 6-2 to earn a 55-51 win.
Adding to the Bears' offense was Clarke, who scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, and Weledji put in eight points and handed out two assists.
The Bears shot 34 percent from the field and 29 percent from beyond the arc. Brown out-rebounded the Rams 41-39.
URI's Tayra Melendez went 6-of-13 from the field to lead her team's scoring with 18 points, and Samantha Tabakman added 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Brown will now take on the University of Pittsburgh Panthers at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24.