Bears Second-Half Surge Overtakes Yale, 67-60
Jan. 20, 2007
Providence, RI - Sophomore forward Catherine Schaper (Houston, TX) nets 18 of her career-high 21 points in the second half to rally the Brown women's basketball team (3-13,1-1) to a 67-60 victory over Ivy League opponent, Yale (8-8,1-1) on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears, who were defeated by the Bulldogs in New Haven last weekend, sought revenge today and picked up their first Ivy League victory. Yale, who hasn't won a game at the Pizzitola Sports Center since Jan. 29, 2000, was on a six-game win streak before the Bears handed the Bulldogs its first Ivy League loss.
Yale took its biggest lead over the Bears when they went up 34-19 with 6:23 remaining in the first half, and held onto the lead until just 9:02 left in the game. But the Bears went on a 13-4 run at the end of the first-half to recover from their 15-point deficit and went into halftime down, 38-32.
After halftime, Schaper went on to score six quick buckets to cut the Bears' deficit to two (46-44) with 11:04 on the clock. A lay-up by freshman Shae Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) and a jumper by Lena McAfee (Reston, VA), put the Bears ahead 48-47 with 9:02 left on the clock.
The Bears stopped Yale on the offensive end as freshman Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) pushed the ball up the floor and handed it to Schaper underneath the basket for two more, making the game 50-47. Lee's assist to Schaper gave her a career-high six assists. Schaper goes on to score eight more points bringing the Bears' lead to seven points with 5:13 left on the clock.
Yale's Jamie Van Horne converted two of her game-high seven three-pointers to cut her team's deficit to, 62-60, with 40 seconds on the clock. But Yale's Stephanie Marciano fouled junior point-guard Annesley O'Neal (Franklin, GA) on the rebound, giving her two shots. O'Neal went 5-6 from the charity stripe in the final 40 seconds, securing a 67-60 victory.
Schaper led the team in scoring with 21 points and had five rebounds, freshman Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) netted 10 points and O'Neal added nine points and a team-high six rebounds. The Bears shot 53 percent from the field and forced Yale into 22 turnovers.
The Bears are back in action on Friday, Jan. 26, when they take on Dartmouth at 7 p.m. They will then take on Harvard the following night at 7 p.m.