January 7, 2006

Senior Duo Leads Bears To 55-46 Victory Over Maine

Jan. 7, 2006

Box Score

Providence, RI - Seniors Sarah Hayes and Colleen Kelly combined for 39 points to lead the Brown women's basketball team to a 55-46 win over Maine at the Pizzitola Center on Saturday afternoon. The two teams played a back and forth battle all game long as the lead changed hands 17 times, including 11 in the first half. The Bears rallied back from a seven-point deficit midway through the second half with a 19-5 game-ending drive.

Hayes recorded her first double-double of the season as she pulled down ten rebounds to go along with her 20 points. Kelly, who is currently 22nd in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, knocked down four of eight three-point attempts. The Bears are now 5-6 on the season while the Black Bears fall to 4-8.

The Bears cruised out to an early ten point lead, 19-9, by the 12:14 mark with Kelly hitting a trio of three's. Hayes also connected on her first three shots but Maine quickly answered back with an 11-0 run to grab a one-point lead, 20-19, with 8:17 left until halftime.

Both teams traded baskets the rest of the way but Brown got the final word in with a jumper by Hayes before heading into the locker room, clinging to a one-point lead, 30-29.

Kelly led all players with 13 points in the half while added ten. The Black Bears had a well-balanced attack with eight different players scoring. They out-shot the Bears 46 to 42 percent.

Brown struggled in the second half, managing just four points in the first ten minutes but Maine didn't fair much better, scoring 12, which gave them a narrow seven-point edge, 41-34, its biggest lead of the game.

What resulted into a four-point play by Kelly in the 11th minute of the half, proved to be the turning point of the game. Making her first free throw attempt, Kelly missed the second but Ashley-King-Bischof was able to nab the offensive rebound, setting up a wide-open three for Kelly, her fourth of the game.

From that moment on it was all Brown as the Black Bears were held to just five points the rest of the way. The Bears' defense shutdown Maine completely from the 10:16 mark all the way through to the final 22 seconds of the game, not allowing a single field goal.

The small Brown line-up dominated the boards, 43-28, despite Maine featuring five players over six feet tall. King-Bischof fell just one rebound shy of her second double-double of the season with ten points and nine rebounds. Junior Lena McAfee added seven rebounds of her own while Kelly pulled down six as well.

The Bears will get their final warm-up before beginning Ivy play next Saturday at Yale when they travel to Marist on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. game.