PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – After a series of schedule changes made necessary by Winter Storm Nemo, the Brown women's basketball team (7-12, 1-4 Ivy League) welcomed the Princeton Tigers (13-5, 4-0 Ivy League) to the Pizzitola Sports Center tonight for an Ivy League contest. The Bears ultimately fell to the visiting squad, 68-37, but senior co-captain Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) provided a bright spot for Brown, scoring a game-high 17 points, including 2-of-5 from long range.
The teams battled back and forth in the early minutes of action, with Princeton holding on to a two-point edge in spite of several offensives pushes from Brown. A three-pointer from freshman Elise Sharpe (Tipp City, OH) brought the Bears within one with 12:35 to go, but the Tigers surged ahead, taking a five-point lead less than a minute later.
Brown, playing aggressively at both ends of the court, pulled itself back to within one on a lay-up by sophomore Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, MA), but Princeton owned the last ten minutes of the first half. The Tigers used a series of long-range baskets to surge ahead, and headed to the locker room at half-time with a 14-point advantage over the Bears.
Princeton sank 41.2 percent of the shots it took in the first half, including 5-of-11 from beyond the arc, while holding Brown to 29 percent shooting from the field.
While freshman Natalie Ball (Orlando, FL) nailed a lay-up within the first ten seconds of the second half, Princeton went on a 10-point run to build its lead to 22 within three minutes. Dixon snapped the streak, grabbing four points for the Bears on a lay-up and two free throws.
The Tigers answered with seven points of their own, but a three-point basket by junior Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) sparked the Brown offense for a moment. Princeton refused to let the home team gain too much however, building its lead to 28 points before Dixon nailed two consecutive shots from beyond the arc.
The Bears tighten their offense as the clock wound down, holding the Tigers to just 14 points in the last 11 minutes of action. It wasn't enough however, as Princeton, currently undefeated in Ivy League action, walked away with a 68-37 victory.
The Tigers shot a sizzling 51.7 percent from the field in the second 20 minutes, however Brown kept them scoreless from beyond the three-point arc. A tough Tigers' defense held the Bears to just 20 percent from the field in the second half.
Megan Bowen was the top scorer for Princeton, putting up 12 points over the course of the evening, while Niveen Rasheed, the current Ivy League Player of the Week, grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and six steals. Dixon had seven rebounds for the Bears, while Clarke added four rebounds and four assists.
Brown will return to the Pizzitola Sports Center tomorrow evening to close out a snowy weekend of Ivy League basketball, as the team takes on the Penn Quakers in a 5:00pm contest.