Brown Topped by Penn, 60-48

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – The Brown women's basketball team (9-18, 3-10 Ivy League) fell at the hands of the Penn Quakers (16-10, 9-3 Ivy League) in tonight's Ivy League match-up at The Palestra.

Senior tri-captain Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) led the Bears, netting a game-high 18 points in addition to a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, MA) had ten points and three steals, while junior Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ontario) had three blocks and four steals, both game-highs. Junior Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) had nine points and four assists against the Quakers.  

Keiera Ray was Penn's leading scorer, tallying 16 points on the night, while both Kara Bonenberger and Courtney Wilson were impressive on the boards, as they each pulled down a game-high ten rebounds. Alyssa Baron was the game's most prolific helper with six assists.

Penn got out to an early lead, but Dixon nailed two consecutive jump shots to tie the score and then hit a three-pointer to put Brown up, 8-7. The Quakers responded, going on 13-point run before Bikofsky could halt their momentum with a fast break layup that narrowed the home team's lead to ten.

The Bears clawed their way back into the game on series of long-range baskets from Bikofsky and Clarke, but the Quakers held onto their advantage, heading to the locker room at halftime with a 31-23 edge over the visitors.

Brown was 25.8 percent from the field in the first half and 36.4 percent from behind the three-point arc, while Penn shot 37.9 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from long-range.

Dixon would score the Bears' first nine points of the second half, but the Quakers played to a 51-34 lead with just over 10 minutes on the clock. Brown narrowed the gap to seven on a jumper from junior Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Oregon), but were unable to get any closer, as Penn scored nine points in the last four minutes to earn the 60-48 victory.

The Bears averaged 29.6 percent from the field over 40 minutes of action, while the Quakers nailed 38.5 percent of their shots. At long-range, Brown was 31.6 percent, while Penn was 44 percent. Both teams were impressive from the free throw line, with the Bears making 10-of-14 and the Quakers sinking 9-of-13.
Brown will conclude its 2012-2013 season tomorrow evening when the team heads to Princeton, New Jersey to take on the Princeton Tigers. Tip-off at Jadwin Gym is scheduled for 6pm.