January 16, 2009

Amy Ehrhart's Free Throws Carry Brown Past Bulldogs, 64-62, in Ivy Opener

Jan. 16, 2009

Box Score

New Haven, CT - Senior captain Amy Ehrhart (Golden, CO) sank two free throws with 2.8 seconds left on the clock to lift the Brown women's basketball team (3-12, 1-0 Ivy) to a 64-62 victory in its Ivy League opener against Yale at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday evening. Sophomore Karly Grace (Camp Hill, PA) and junior point guard Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) led the Bears with 12 points a piece, followed by junior Betsy Jacboson (Rochester, NY) with 10.

The Bears got off to a great start, as Jacobson tallied six points and Grace added five to give the Bears an 11-7 lead after the first five minutes of play. Shooting 48 percent from the field in the first half, Brown continued to build on its lead to take a 20-13 advantage at the 11:37 mark. However, Yale's Jamie Van Horne netted two three pointers to bring the Bulldogs within one with the time at 9:55.

Brown played stellar defense, forcing Yale into 14 turnovers as the Bears extended its lead to 36-29 after Grace drained a three. She followed it up with two free throws after an intentional foul called on Yale's Michelle Cashen to bring the score to 38-29 with just 1:40 left in the first half. The Bears drained a few free throws to push its lead to 41-31 heading into the locker room.

Bruno continued to increase its lead in the first three minutes of the second half, as the squad took a 49-34 lead after scoring from Grace, Passafuime, Jacobson and Courtney Lee. After extending its lead to 51-34, the Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run to bring its deficit to 10.

Yale continued to hold Brown scoreless, as Yale's Ashley Easley drained a three to bring the Bulldogs within five, 55-50 with 6:28 left in the game. Yoyo Greenfield brought the Bulldogs within three, but a jumper by Williams brought Bruno's lead back up to five.

Mady Gobrecht's two free throws bring Yale within one, 62-61, with 1:07 on the clock, and then sank the front end of a one-and-one to tie the game with 20 seconds remaining in the game. A foul on Yale brought Ehrhart to the line with 2.8 seconds on the clock. She drained both to give Brown a 64-62 edge to win the game.

Tonight's marks the second consecutive game the Bears have won in the final seconds of the game, as Bruno was coming off a recent 64-62 win over Bryant. Brown shot just 29 percent against Yale in the second half as Yale lit up for 52 percent shooting. Jamie Van Horne carried the Bulldogs with 16 points, as Gobrecht added 14 in the loss. First-Team All-Ivy guard Melissa Colborne was just 17 points shy of hitting her 1,000th career point, but the Bears hard-nosed defense held her to just five points in tonight's contest.

Brown is back in action next Friday at 7:00 p.m. when it hosts Yale at the Pizzitola Sports Center.