January 30, 2009

Second Half Run Falls Short as Brown Women's Hoops Falls to Cornell, 74-62

Jan. 30, 2009

Box Score

Providence, RI - Junior Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) notched her first double-double with a career-high 17 points and 12 rebounds during Brown's (3-14, 1-2 Ivy) 74-62 loss to Cornell University (6-9, 2-1 Ivy) on Friday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Cornell's Shannan Scarselletta scored a game-high 22 points, followed by Lauren Benson with 20 points.

The Big Red came out hot, shooting 60 percent from the field in the first have to gain a 38-25 lead heading into halftime. Both Benson and Scarselletta netted 11 points a piece, as Brown's Natalie Bonds put in six points as the Bears shot just 31 percent from the field.

With the game tied at seven just five minutes into the game, Cornell began to build a lead after two consecutive three pointers by Virginia McMunigal and a jumper by Scarselletta gave the Big Red a 17-9 lead at the 12:52 mark.

Brown then cut a 13-point deficit to seven after a three-pointer made by sophomore Sarah Delk (Atlanta, GA) to bring the score to 31-24 with 3:13 left in the stanza. The sharp shooting Big Red went on to score six more points to take a 38-25 advantage at the end of the first 20 minutes of play.

Junior Courtney Lee, who added five points and grabbed six boards in the first, played an outstanding second half to earn her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds midway through the half. Junior forward Natalie Bonds (Taveres, FL) was also a huge spark for the Bears scoring eight points to help Brown cut a 19-point deficit to just 11 with seven minutes left on the clock.

A jumper by Lee brought the squad within 10 of the Big Red, but a three by Scarselletta pushed the team's lead back up to 13 with four minutes left in the game. A lay-up by sophomore Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) brought Bruno within nine, but that was as close as the Bears would get as the game ended in the Big Red's favor, 74-62.

Bonds led Brown in scoring with 18 points and nine rebounds, followed by Lee's 17 points, 12 boards, four assists and three steals in 40 minutes of play. Brown out-rebounded Cornell 34-32, as both teams were forced into 18 turnovers. Brown shot 50 percent from the field in the second half, outscoring the Big Red by one, 37-36.

Brown is back in action at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, when it takes on the Columbia Lions at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Lions fell 63-61 at Yale tonight, and are coming into Providence 8-9 overall and 1-2 in Ivy League play.