White’s Career-High 21 Lifts Women’s Basketball Over Columbia, 84-80

White’s Career-High 21 Lifts Women’s Basketball Over Columbia, 84-80

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Senior forward Janie White led five Bears in double figures with a career-high 21 points to lift Brown University women's basketball to an 84-80 win at Columbia University on Saturday evening at Levien Gymnasium.

The Bears (14-7, 2-6 Ivy) held the host Lions (7-16, 1-7 Ivy) without a point over the final 2:36, and a basket on the inside from junior forward Erika Steeves (Montreal, Quebec) – who posted her fifth double-double of the year – gave Brown the lead for good with 1:07 left.

White (Clarksville, Tenn.) scored her 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point distance along with five rebounds and three blocks. She scored over 20 points for the first time in her career.

Steeves totaled her 14th career double-double on 18 points and 14 rebounds with six assists and just one turnover. She shot 9-of-16 from the floor.

Junior guard Shayna Mehta (San Francisco, Calif.) scored 17 points, hit 5-of-8 triples, and grabbed eight rebounds. She hit four or more 3-pointers in a game for the seventh time this season and has averaged 17.6 points per game in her career vs. Columbia.

Sophomore guard Justine Gaziano (Natick, Mass.) netted 15 points, making 8-of-10 free throws, and freshman guard Dominique Leonidas (Stone Mountain, Ga.) scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

The Bears scored over 80 points for the 10th time this season and hit double-digit 3-pointers (10-of-21) for the sixth time this year. For the game, Brown shot 47.6 percent from behind the arc and shot 49.2 percent from the field.

Neither team held a lead larger than four points throughout the fourth quarter. After two free throws from junior forward Mary Butler (Bangor, Maine) gave Brown a 70-69 lead, Columbia pulled ahead 76-72 with 5:38 left.

Baskets from Gaziano and White knotted the game at 78-78 with 2:56 remaining. Columbia pulled ahead 80-78, but two free throws from Gaziano, and an inside bucket from Steeves gave Brown the lead for good at 82-80 with 1:07 remaining. Gaziano and Leonidas each made a free throw inside of the final 30 seconds to seal the win.

In the first quarter, the Bears connected on 7-of-7 shots from 3-point distance and 10-of-15 field goals overall to take a 28-23 edge at the end of one. Gaziano hit a trey and Mehta made a pair of triples in the first four minutes as Brown led 13-10. White hit back-to-back 3-pointers before a trey from Mehta to push the Bears ahead 22-14 with 3:20 left in the frame. Mehta hit her fourth 3-pointer of the quarter with 21 seconds on the clock.

Steeves scored Brown's first six points of the second quarter to keep Brown within 36-34 of Columbia at the 3:08 mark. After an 8-0 run from the Lions, Gaziano made a pair of free throws, and Leonidas completed a put-back inside of the half's final minute to bring Brown within 42-38 of the hosts at the intermission.

After Columbia took a 47-39 lead early in the third quarter, Brown responded with an 18-3 run, taking a 57-50 advantage with 4:30 to go in the period. During the run, White scored seven points, Mehta netted five, and Leonidas converted back-to-back layups. Columbia used a 13-2 streak to pull back ahead 63-59, but a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Leonidas gave Brown a 66-65 lead going to the fourth.

For Columbia, Camille Zimmerman posted game highs for points (22) and rebounds (24) while Paige Tippet netted 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

Next, Brown begins a four-game home stand with contests against Harvard (Friday, Feb. 16, 6:00 p.m., ESPN3/ILN) and Dartmouth (Saturday, Feb. 17, 4:00 p.m., ILN). 

Game Notes:
Brown improved to 44-19 all-time vs. Columbia. The Bears have won the last five meetings … Shayna Mehta scored in double figures for the 19th time this year and 62nd time in her career, Justine Gaziano scored in double figures for the 18th time this season and 39th career time, Erika Steeves scored in double figures for the 14th time on the year and 43rd career time, and Janie White scored in double figures for the ninth time this season and 25th career time … Dominique Leonidas scored in double figures for the second time this year and second time in Ivy play … Mehta now ranks ninth all-time at Brown in career field goals made (439) and seventh in single-season 3-pointers made (57) … White now ranks fifth at Brown in single-season blocks (65).

Video of all Brown women's basketball home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku, and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.

Tickets for all Brown women's basketball games can be purchased online, by calling the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or by walking up to the box office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.