January 19, 2008

Second Half Outburst Leads Yale to 52-45 Victory over Brown

Jan. 19, 2008

Final Stats

Providence, RI - Although the Brown women's basketball team (1-14, 0-1 Ivy) had as much as a 12-point lead in the second half, the Yale Bulldogs (3-10, 1-0 Ivy) fought back to claim a 52-45 victory at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday afternoon.

Led by freshmen Betsy Jacobson's (Rochester, NY) eight points and Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) seven first-half points, the Bears took its first lead of the afternoon, 11-9, after a lay-up by freshman Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) with 7:24 left in the half. Brown continued to build on its lead, shooting a stellar 46 percent from the field to head into halftime with a 27-19 cushion.

Just as quickly as Brown took its lead in the first stanza, the Bulldogs cut their deficit to just six points 10 minutes into the second half. Yale's Melissa Colborne scored eight of her 17 points that half, as she picked up a steal and put in a lay-up to give the Bulldogs a 43-40 lead with 2:52 left in the game.

Yoyo Greenfield scored Yale's next four points off free-throws to gain a six point lead, but Brown senior Annesley O'Neal (Franklin, GA) slashed through the paint to put in a lay-up while picking up the foul. O'Neal sank the free-throw to cut the deficit to three with 54 seconds left, but Yale's Colborne and Lindsey Williams each sank free-throws in the final 30 seconds to take a 52-45 lead and win the game.

Williams led the Bears with 11 points while pulling down five rebounds, and sophomore Ashley Alexander (Houston, TX) was just shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Colborne led Yale's attack with 17 points and four rebounds, while Greenfield threw in 11 and grabbed six boards. Brown shot 36 percent from the field for the game, while Yale shot just 24 percent. Free-throws made the difference for the Bulldogs, as they sank 22 of 28, while Brown converted just seven of 19.

Brown is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 26, when it takes on Yale at 7:00 p.m.