Women's Basketball's Gritty Effort Falls Short at Cornell, 80-70

ITHACA, N.Y. – A gritty effort from the Brown women's basketball team wasn't enough on Friday night as the Bears (6-11, 0-3 Ivy) dropped a hard-fought 80-70 decision to Cornell (10-7, 2-1 Ivy) at Newman Arena. 

 

Nia Marshall and Alyssa DiMagno each recorded double-doubles for the Big Red while Shelby Lyman tallied a team high 24 points on 5-of-6 shooting from long distance.

 

Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.), a Capital One Academic All-District First Team selection on Thursday, netted 22 points and shot a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe.  Brown also got 13 points from Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) as she shot 5-of-9 from the field, also connecting on 3-of-6 attempts from long range.

 

Brown got a spark off the bench from co-captain Jordin Juker (Boise, Idaho), as she deposited a season-high five points and five rebounds.  Natalie Ball (Orlando, Fla.) added five points and tied a career-high with eight rebounds in logging 21 minutes on Friday.  Jordin Alexander (Fishers, Ind.) added eight points and two steals while senior Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ont.) chipped in with four points and three rebounds.

 

The Bears recorded their best performance from the line this season as they connected on 13-of-14 attempts (.929).

 

Both teams came out of the blocks dialed in from long distance, combing for 5-of-5 shooting from behind the arc as Bikofsky, Musgrove, and Alexander connected from long range in the opening minutes.

 

Shelby Lyman's 11 first half points, including five during an 10-0 run, gave the Big Red its largest lead of the game at 20-9.

 

Trailing by a 24-14 margin, the Bears clawed their way back on the strength of a 10-2 run, led by buckets from Bikofsky, Alexander, Juker, and Clarke.  Musgrove continued her strong shooting as she connected on all three attempts from the field in the first half, including a layup with 2:08 to play to give the Bears a 30-29 lead.

 

Baskets from Nia Marshall and Kerri Moran gave the Big Red a 33-30 edge before KJ Veldman (Spirit Lake, Iowa) dropped in a trey with seven seconds to play in the half.  Moran fed DiMagno in the waning seconds and she cashed in with a jumper right at the buzzer to give Cornell a 35-33 edge at the half.

 

The teams traded baskets early in the second half, but Cornell began to extend its lead when the Bears got into foul trouble.  Lyman continued her torrid shooting as she connected on 3-of-4 treys in the second half to stake the Big Red to a 10-point lead with under six minutes to play.

 

Clarke's free throws drew the Bears within one possession at 67-64 with 3:04 left but they couldn't draw any closer as Cornell hit six consecutive free throws down the stretch to salt the game away.

 

The three-game road trip concludes tomorrow as Brown travels to Columbia (4-13) for a 7 p.m. tipoff.