Comeback Bid Falls Short as Women's Basketball is Edged by NJIT, 48-43

NEWARK, N.J. – Martina Matejcikova's trey with 1:45 to play cut a Brown comeback bid short as the NJIT Highlanders held off the Bears, 48-43 at the Estelle Zoom and Fleisher Athletic Center on Saturday. Brown concludes its non-conference schedule at 6-8 overall before entering Ivy League play against Yale next Friday night.

 

Matejcikova (13 points) and Alyssa Albanese (10 points) each scored in double figures for the 5-15 Highlanders.

 

Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) led the way for the Bears with 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field.

 

Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ont.) and KJ Veldman (Spirit Lake, Iowa) gave Brown solid contributions off the bench as they combined for 15 points.

 

Ellise Sharpe (Tipp City, Ohio) recorded her first start of the season in place of Jordin Alexander.

 

Junior Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) added three points and a team-high eight rebounds.

 

The Bears jumped out to an early 10-4 edge on the strength of five points from senior Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.).  After exchanging baskets, the Bears found themselves with a 16-13 lead, but NJIT rallied with 10 straight points to go up 23-16 with 2:43 left in the half.

 

Clarke's six points in the opening half, including a layup with 2:17 to play, cut the Highlanders' lead to five before late free throws extended the NJIT cushion to six at the half.

 

Trailing by eight early in the second half, a furious 10-0 Brown run capped off by Sophie Beutel's layup, put the Bears ahead 39-35 with 9:10 to play.

 

As the teams battled to a 41-41 deadlock with under two minutes to play, Matejcikova's trey gave NJIT a lead they would not relinquish.

 

The Bears had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Bikofsky's attempt from three was off the mark.  The Highlanders converted on both free throws to give them a 48-43 triumph.

 

Brown opens the 2013-14 Ivy League schedule with home-and-home set against Yale, beginning Friday at the Pizzitola Sports Center.