Conrad's Free Throw With Two Seconds Left Lifts Bears To 63-62 Win Over Princeton
Jan. 28, 2005
Providence, RI - Senior Andrea Conrad's free throw with two seconds left in the game lifted the Brown women's basketball team to a thrilling 63-62 win over Ivy rival Princeton on Friday night at the Pizzitola Center. The Bears, winners of their last five games, remain perfect in League play with a 3-0 record. Junior Colleen Kelly scored a game-high 21 points, including five three's, off the bench while junior Sarah Hayes added 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Princeton tied the score for the fifth time in the second half, 60-60, with 1:09 left to play. A lay-up by sophomore Ashley King-Bischof, who scored a career-high nine points, with 38 second left gave Brown a two-point edge, 62-60. An offensive rebound by the Tigers and a Brown foul with nine seconds left put Princeton on the line with a chance to tie. After making both free throws the Bears had eight seconds to bring the ball up court. Junior Jackie Vocell in-bounded the ball to King-Bischof just past the half-court mark. King Bischof passed off to Conrad who fired up a jumper from the wing under pressure and was fouled with two seconds showing on the clock.
The rowdy Pizzitola crowd fell silent as Conrad stepped to the line with a chance for the win. The senior co-captain sunk the first free throw with ease as Kelly pulled down the rebound off the second free throw to ensure Brown's 11th victory of the season.
In the first half, the Bears surged to a 16-point lead, 26-10, by the 7:24 mark with a 17-4 run. Kelly knocked in three of her five three's on the night during the spurt. Up by 15 with 3:44 left until halftime, the Bears went without a point the rest of the way as Princeton quickly made it a two-point game heading into the locker room. 29-27.
The entire second half was a tight battle as the score was tied six different times. Brown's biggest advantage was eight but the Tigers battled right back with a pair of three's and a jumper, knotting the score at 43 all with 13:01 left.
A three by King-Bischof and another bucket by Kelly, who shot a sizzling 6-10 on the night, gave Brown a seven point lead with 5:46 left. The Tigers then went on a 9-2 run, leading to the 60-60 tie with just over a minute left to play.
Brown went 5-7 from three-point land in the second half as it recorded a season-high eight treys on the night. The Tigers contained senior center Holly Robertson to three points on the night. Sophomore Lena McAfee pulled down six rebounds in the win.
The Bears will look to continue their assault on Ivy League opponents tomorrow night as they host defending champion Penn at 7p.m.