HAMILTON, N.Y. – Junior guard Shayna Mehta scored a game-high 28 points and went over 1,000 points for her career as Brown University women's basketball won at Colgate University, 83-73, on Sunday afternoon at Cotterell Court.
The Bears (9-1) used a 15-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to turn a 55-53 edge into a 70-55 lead with 6:14 remaining to gain separation from the Raiders (4-6) and win their seventh straight game. The team's 9-1 start matches the best start through 10 games in program history alongside the 1973-74 and 2015-16 teams.
"This was a great road victory," Brown head coach Sarah Behn said. "This was a team we lost to last year. There were a couple of moments in the game where we looked a little fatigued or made some mental errors that we haven't been making, but we found a way to overcome those parts of the game. We really put it together and pulled ahead of them."
Mehta (San Francisco, Calif.) became the 20th 1,000-point scorer in program history and became the fifth student-athlete in program history to score 1,000 points before her senior year. She ranks 19th all-time in school history with 1,006 points. She became the program's first 1,000-point scorer since Jordin Alexander '16, and the program's first player to score 1,000 points before her senior year since Vita Redding '99.
"I'm really proud of Shayna," Behn said. "She is an amazing player, and I feel so lucky to be her coach. The fact that she has reached a milestone that some people do towards the end of their senior year and she has done it near the beginning of her junior year speaks volumes to the type of basketball player she is. She's awesome."
Mehta netted her 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field and 6-of-11 shooting from 3-point distance. She pulled down a season-high nine rebounds to go with her fourth 20-point game of the season and the 17th of her career.
Senior forward Janie White (Clarksville, Tenn.) totaled her first career double-double on 13 points and a team-high 11 rebounds alongside a season-high six blocks. She hit 6-of-9 shots from the field and now has 155 career blocks.
Junior guard Taylor Will (Arlington Heights, Ill.) registered 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists. She has scored in double figures in all 10 games this season and netted over 20 points for the third time this year.
Junior forward Erika Steeves (Montreal, Quebec) finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, junior forward Mary Butler (Bangor, Maine) scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, and sophomore forward Kathleen Ryan (Clarence Center, N.Y.) dished out a game-high five assists.
"I was pleased with the 20 assists with five assists from Kathleen Ryan. Janie White's defense was phenomenal with her help-side defense and blocks, and Shayna Mehta was in a groove," Behn said. "I was really pleased with our production from the center spot – between Janie and Mary Butler we got 20 points."
The Bears scored over 80 points for the fourth time this season and distributed 20 or more assists in a game for the fourth time this year. Brown hit 11 3-pointers in the contest for its third game this season with 10 or more triples. Brown hit 8-of-12 shots in the fourth quarter to close the win.
Brown opened the game with a 17-3 lead at the 3:09 mark of the first quarter. White scored nine points during the opening run, hitting 4-of-4 shots from the field on a trio of layups and a jump shot. After Colgate pulled within 17-12 on a 9-0 run, Steeves made a jumper from the elbow to push the Bears ahead 19-12 at the end of the stanza.
Despite a jumper from Butler, Colgate took a 22-21 edge with 7:25 to go in the second quarter, completing a 19-4 run. Back-to-back triples from Mehta gave the visitors a 33-27 lead with 3:04 left until halftime. Inside of the half's final two minutes, Ryan made a pair of free throws, and Mehta banked in a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Brown a 39-35 edge at the break.
Mehta knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the first 2:12 of the third quarter to stake Brown to a 45-38 edge. Treys from Will and Butler kept the Bears ahead 53-43 before Colgate pulled within 55-53 with 1:38 left in the period. Jumpers from White and Will gave the visitors a 59-53 advantage heading to the final frame.
The Bears scored the first six points of the fourth quarter as two baskets in transition from Mehta capped a 10-0 run for Brown and pushed the visitors ahead 65-53 with 8:26 to play. Mehta scored her 1,000th career point on a corner 3-pointer with 6:14 left, making the score 70-55. A 3-point play from Will, jumper from Mehta, and six free throws in the final 3:19 helped Brown fend off a late rally from Colgate.
For Colgate, Chelsey Koren netted 17 points, Kateri Stone scored 14 points, and Summer King totaled a double-double on 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Next, Brown breaks for finals prior to hosting Boston University on Friday, Dec. 22 at 1:00 p.m. (NESNplus/ILN) at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Shayna Mehta scored over 20 points for the 17th time in her career. She scored in double figures for the ninth time this year and the 52nd time in her career. Mehta netted all 28 of her points after the first quarter … Taylor Will has scored in double figures 30 times in her career and over 20 points six times in her career … Janie White scored in double figures for the third time this year and 19th time in her career. She snagged double figure rebounds for the third time this season and for the fifth time in her career … Erika Steeves scored in double figures for the fifth time this season and 34th time of her career … Mehta now has 159 career made 3-pointers … Brown has posted a 20-point scorer in all 10 games this year and has had two 20-point scorers in three contests … Brown improved to 3-3 all-time vs. Colgate.
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