January 29, 2005

Penn Edges Out Brown In 47-43 Nail Bitter

Jan. 29, 2005

Box Score

Providence, RI - In an exciting weekend of basketball at Brown, the women's team battled defending Ivy champion Penn down to the wire Saturday night. In a game that saw ten lead changes, the Quakers were able to keep the Bears at bay down the stretch for a 47-43 win. Penn junior Jennifer Fleicher's basket with 22 seconds left broke a 43-43 deadlock as Brown failed to score the rest of the way. The loss snaps Brown's five-game win streak and marks its first league loss of the season. The Bears are now 3-1 in the Ivies and 11-6 overall while Penn improves to 2-0 in the Ancient Eight and 9-6 overall.

The Bears shot just 29% on the night and were out-rebounded 40-33. Despite committing just 11 turnovers to the Quakers 19, Penn's defense was able to contain Brown most of the game.

The first half was a see-saw battle as the lead changed hands eight times. Brown never went up by more than two while five was Penn's biggest lead of the first half. Heading into the locker room, the Quakers held a two-point advantage, 23-21.

Penn held a slim lead for the majority of the second half. Both defenses worked overtime heading into the final minute as neither team managed a point during a three-minute span.

Senior Holly Robertson's free throws with 1:39 left broke the drought, tying the score at 43 all. A steal by junior Sarah Hayes on the next play gave Brown the opportunity to take its first lead since the 15:55 mark. Robertson was fouled underneath but missed on her 1-1 attempt at the line, giving Penn possession with 1:02 left to play.

A Brown foul with 37 seconds left reset the shot clock for the Quakers. Fleicher continued her assault down low for the Quakers, scoring the game-winning field goal, a bank off the glass, with 22 seconds showing on the clock. A pair of free throws sealed the victory for Penn with three seconds left.

Brown's two leading scorers in Robertson and Hayes struggled from the field despite leading the team in scoring with 15 and 10 points respectively. Sophomore Katie Barr pulled down a career-high seven rebounds in the loss. Senior Andrea Conrad, who made the game-winning free throw against Princeton lastnight, added eight points and five rebounds.

The Bears will continue Ivy action next weekend at home as they face Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday. Both games will tip-off at 7 p.m.