Providence, R.I. – Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) led the Brown women's basketball team with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, but it wasn't enough as Maine converted on a late free throw to edge the Bears, 60-59 in day one of the Brown Classic. Brown evens its record at 4-4 with the loss, including its second one-point loss at the Pizzitola Sports Center while Maine improves to 5-2 this season with the win.
Clarke and Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) each scored in double figures for the Bears as they fall to 5-6 in the all-time series between the two schools.
Jordin Alexander (Fishers, Ind.) tallied nine and two steals, including a crucial three-point play at the 4:00 mark to keep the Bears within reach.
Maine jumped out to an early 10-point cushion as Brown was held to just nine points in the opening 10:30 of play. Clarke aided the Bears on the comeback trail as her 10 first half points on 4-of-6 shooting helped cut the deficit to five at the half. Black Bears leading scorer, Ashleigh Roberts, added eight points in the opening 20 minutes.
Alexander and Clarke quickly erased the Black Bears' lead in the opening minute of the second half before Bikofsky's free throws at the 15:59 mark gave Brown its first lead since the opening moments of the game. The 5-foot-11 junior, Bikofsky, also grabbed a season-high nine rebounds and recorded 10 of her 13 points in the final 20 minutes.
Maine opened up a six-point lead with 5:43 to play, but Brown rallied to grab a one-point edge on Alexander's layup with 3:37 remaining. With the score knotted at 59, Maine's Sigi Koizar drew a foul and sank 1-of-2 from the line to give the Black Bears a 60-59 lead with 1.9 on the clock. Alexander's desperation heave at the buzzer was off the mark as Maine escaped with the one-point triumph.
Ashleigh Roberts led Maine with 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists while Liz Wood and Sigi Koizar each added 11 for the Black Bears.
Brown will look to rebound on Sunday, as they will battle either Fairfield or Morgan State at 4 p.m. in day two action of the Brown Classic.