January 17, 2004

Mitchell Reaches 1,000 As Women's Basketball Holds On For 75-72 Win At Yale

Jan. 17, 2004

The Brown women's basketball team opened up Ivy play with a 75-72 win at Yale on Saturday night, giving the Bears their fifth straight victory as theyimprove to 7-6 on the season. Senior Nyema Mitchell (Birmingham, AL) scored her 1,000 point in the game, becoming the 13th player in Brown women's basketball history to score 1,000 in their career. She led the Bears with 22 points on the night while senior Tanara Golston (Evanston, IL) recorded 13 points and dished out a career-high 11 assists, earning her first double-double of the season.

Mitchell netted her 1,000th point on a jumper from the foul line at the 12:44 mark. She led all players with 11 points in the first half. It was Mitchell's jumper at the 9:09 mark that ignited a 17-4 Brown run as it went into the locker room with a 37-27 advantage. The Bears were up by as many as 15 but back-to-back three's by the Bulldogs helped cut the lead to ten by the end of the half. Golston chipped in with six points and seven assists while sophomore Colleen Kelly (Rochester, NY) added seven points in the half.

Yale came out on fire to open up the second half, going on a 21-12 run to come within one with just under 14 minutes left on the clock. Morgan Richards was virtually unstoppable for Yale in the second half, pouring in 19 points, including 13 on the drive. Brown held on to a slim lead up until the 6:29 mark when Tory Mauseth hit three free throws for the Bulldogs after being fouled from behind the arc.

Brown regained the lead with a little over four minutes remaining when Mitchell converted on a huge three point play with the shot clock running down. The Bulldogs took back the lead with three minutes left but another Mitchell jumper pushed Brown back ahead with over a minute remaining. The Bears grabbed a four point lead with one minute left to play when Golston's jumper went through the net as the buzzer sound.

The victory seemed to be in the Bears' hands after Kelly made good on two free throws with 38 seconds left, pushing the lead to six. However, Tory Mauseth drained two three point baskets for Yale to come within three after the Bears went 3-6 from the line in the final 30 seconds. With the score 75-72, Mauseth forced up a three as time expired and came up short, giving Brown the victory.

Kelly finished the game with 15 points and junior Holly Robertson added 12 and a team-high six rebounds. Sophomore Sarah Hayes also chipped in with eight points and four rebounds.

Brown will continue action on Tuesday when it travels to Lehigh for a 7 p.m. match.