Women's Basketball Tripped Up By Cornell, 78-53

Women's Basketball Tripped Up By Cornell, 78-53

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ellise Sharpe and Natalie Ball combined to give the Bears 21 points off the bench on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Brown women's basketball team (8-16, 2-8 Ivy) fell to Cornell (13-11, 5-5 Ivy) 78-53 on Saturday at the Pizzitola Sports Center.


Ball and Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) both finished with 11 points while KJ Veldman (Spirit Lake, Iowa) hauled in a career-high eight rebounds and dished out a team-high five assists for the Bears.


The Bears were plagued by the slow start once again as Cornell jumped out to a 17-4 lead on the strength of two treys from Shelby Lyman.  In the last meeting between the two schools on Jan. 31, Lyman connected on 5-of-6 treys and led the Big Red with 24 points in a 80-70 Cornell win at Newman Arena.


Brown looked to rally as Ellise Sharpe (Tipp City, Ohio) and Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.) brought the Bears within seven at the 10:11 mark.  After leaving last night's game against Columbia with an injury, sophomore Natalie Ball gave the Bears a spark off the bench with five points and three rebounds in a gutty first half effort.


After drawing within seven points with 4:16 to play in the half, the Big Red embarked on a 7-0 run, capped off by Lyman's trey to put Cornell up 35-21.  Marshall's layup with 21 seconds to play gave Cornell its biggest lead of the half at 39-24.


Brown couldn't find an answer for Cornell's Nia Marshall as she went for a team-high 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field while Lyman finished with 13 points on 3-of-6 from long distance.  Conversely, the Bears couldn't find their range from long distance, connecting on just 5-of-19 attempts from behind the arc.


Allyson DiMagno paced the Big Red in the second half, tallying 10 of her 14 points in the final 20 minutes of action to extend the Cornell lead to 67-45 with seven minutes to play.  Bikofsky began to heat up in the second half, netting all 11 of her points in the second stanza, including 3-of-5 shooting from long range.


Brown wasn't able to muster the run they needed to get back into the game, as jumpers from Kerri Moran and Nicholle Aston advanced the lead to 27 with two minutes to play.


Brown closes out its home schedule next weekend with games against Ivy leaders Penn and Princeton.