Women's Basketball Falls Late to Lafayette, 70-69

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Emily Homan's layup with 24 seconds to play propelled Lafayette to a 70-69 win over the Brown women's basketball team at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Sunday.  The Leopards improved to 2-0 this season while the Bears fell to 0-1.

 

Brown boasted four players in double figures on Sunday with junior Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) leading the way with 16 points and 4-of-5 shooting from behind the arc. 

 

Sophomore Jordin Alexander (Fishers, Ind.) registered 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from field.  Senior co-captain Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) tallied 13 points and a team-high seven assists.

 

The Bears got solid contributions from their freshmen with KJ Veldman (Spirit Lake, Iowa) and Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.) combining for 17 points.  Veldman got to the line 12 times for the Bears, converting on nine free throws to lead the team.

 

A back-and-forth affair in the first half saw six different lead changes with the Bears taking a 36-31 lead into the locker room. 

 

Lauren Clarke and Sophie Bikofsky led the way in the first half, each scoring eight points while freshman guard KJ Veldman started her career in grand fashion with six first half points.  Emily Homan was a strong presence in the paint for the Leopards as she was 5-of-8 from the field in the opening half.

 

The Bears looked in control throughout the second half, holding a 69-63 lead with just under four minutes to play.  The Leopards went on a 7-0 run in the final 3:42 to take their first lead since the 14:04 mark on the back on Homan, as she finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead Lafayette.

 

Brown will hit the road for the next five games, starting with a tilt against Saint Peter's next Saturday at 2 p.m.  The Bears won't return to the friendly confines of Williams Court until December 4 when they play host to Ocean State rival Rhode Island.

 

GAME NOTES

 

Despite the loss, senior Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.) finished with a career-high seven points … the Bears as a team finished 10-of-18 (55.6%) from behind the arc and 20-of-55 (36.4%) overall from the field …  Lafayette improves to 4-2 in the all-time series against Brown …  Jordin Alexander finished with a career-high four steals.