Jan. 6, 2005
Washington, D.C. - A re-energized Brown team hit the court on Thursday, snapping a four-game losing streak with a 60-50 victory at American University. Strong team defense coupled with hot shooting led to the win, Brown's seventh of the season as it heads into Ivy play next weekend. Junior Sarah Hayes scored a career-high 22 points and five steals while senior Holly Robertson added 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Both defenses opened up strong, making it a low-scoring affair in the early going. A three-pointer in the far corner by junior Jackie Vocell gave Brown its first lead at the 13:35 mark, 11-9. A pull-up jumper in the lane by Hayes upped the lead to four on the next play.
A mini 6-0 run extended the lead to eight, 17-9, with 7:40 left in the half. A pair of three's by senior Angel Jordan kept American in the game but the Bears built back an eight point lead with the combo of another Vocell three and an inside basket by Hayes.
Five straight points by Robertson pushed Brown to an 11-point lead, 32-21, by the end of the half. The 6-5 center nailed a hook in the lane and followed up with a straight-away three.
Robertson led the team with 11 points in the half on 5-8 shooting and also added four rebounds and three blocks. Hayes and Vocell added eight apiece on 50 percent shooting. Sophomore Ashley-King Bischof contributed four points as well in the half.
The Bears' defense forced 12 first half turnovers and held the Eagles to just 28 percent shooting. Great transition play led to 13 points off the 12 turnovers.
Robertson took over on both ends of the court in the second half, making several key defensive plays while continuing her hot shooting on offense. The tough defense that started the game off emerged for both teams as Brown was held without a field goal for 4:42. Despite the shutdown, the Eagles only managed to cut down the lead to nine.
Sound offensive rebounding allowed American to creep to within six. The Eagles had the chance to make it a one-point contest but missed five free throws during the stretch.
Hayes responded by scoring 11 straight points for the Bears, leading them to their biggest lead up to that point, 55-40. American made a valant comeback down the stretch, making it an eight point contest, 56-48, with just under two minutes to play. Robertson hit 4-6 free throws in a 30 second span to secure the win for Brown.
Brown will tip-off the Ivy season next Saturday, Jan. 15, at Yale beginning at 2 p.m. Last season the Bears swept the Bulldogs. The game will cap off Brown's six-game road swing.