Clarke Reaches 1,000-Point Mark; Women's Basketball Outlasts Morgan State, 63-53
Providence, R.I. – The Brown women's basketball program can add another chapter to the record books, as senior co-captain Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) reached the 1,000-point milestone in Brown's 63-53 win over Morgan State in the final game of the Brown Classic on Sunday.
Brown goes over the .500 mark for the third time this season, improving to 5-4 while Morgan State drops to 1-6.
Clarke finished with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, six treys, and six rebounds, as she became the 17th player in team history to record 1,000 points. The senior now averages a team high 16.9 points per game in 2013-14 while shooting .447 from the field. The co-captain also was a All-Tournament selection, averaging 21.5 points per game in the two game tournament.
Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) tallied 17 points, including 5-of-9 shooting from behind the arc, three steals and one block.
The Bears as a team shot 90+ percent from the charity stripe for the first time this season, sinking 10-of-11 attempts.
Brown managed to open up a 13-point halftime lead thanks to the help of Bikofsky and Clarke as each chipped in with 11 points in the opening 20 minutes. After Morgan State cut the Bears lead to 24-19 Brown ended the half on an 8-0 run on the strength of treys from Bikofsky and Clarke. Sophie Beutel's (Toronto, Ont.) jumper with 56 seconds remaining closed out the scoring and gave Brown a 32-19 halftime lead.
The Bears opened the second half on a 12-4 run to open up their lead to 23, as Clarke's trey went down in the books as the 1,001st point of her career on College Hill. Brown recorded its biggest lead of the afternoon on KJ Veldman's (Spirit Lake, Iowa) jumper with just over 10 minutes to play.
A late Morgan State run closed the Bears cushion, led by All-Tournament team selection, Tracey Carrington's 17 points.
Brown will be idle the next three weeks, returning to action at the Georgia Tech Christmas Invitational on Dec. 29-30. The Bears will compete against Hampton and either Georgia Tech or Alabama State in the two-day tournament in Atlanta.