Women's Basketball Falls To Penn, 73-63

Jan. 31, 2004

Box Score

Philadelphia, PA - The Brown women's basketball team dropped its second straight Ivy League match, 73-63, to Penn on Saturday night at the Palestra. The Bears fall to 2-2 in Ivy play and 9-8 overall while Penn improves to 3-0 in conference play. Brown had four players score in double figures led by senior Tanara Golston's (Evanston, IL) 13. Sophomore Sarah Hayes (Beaufort, SC) recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Penn grabbed an early 12-6 lead in the first half fueled by two three point buckets. The Bears rallied to cut the lead to one midway through as senior Miranda Craigwell (Dorchester, MA) was able to beat the defense on the inside several times. The Quakers regained a six point lead later in the half and held onto a five point lead, 37-32, going into the locker room.

Hayes led Brown with eight points while Craigwell, freshman Lena McAfee (Reston, VA) and Mitchell chipped in with six apiece in the first half. Hayes also added five offensive rebounds as well.

Back-to-back three point plays by the Quakers pushed them to a 45-36 lead with 16:35 left to play in the second half. However, an offensive explosion by Golston brought the Bears back to within five with 6:09 left on the clock. Golston poured in all 13 of her points in the second half.

Penn recharged to regain a sizeable lead down the stretch but Brown was unrelenting as it brought the game back to within reach with under a minute left. McAfee scored two quick buckets to cut the lead back to five with 53 seconds left to play.

Free throws ended up being the key difference in the match as Penn was able to convert on several attempts in the final minute of play. Overall, Penn out-shot Brown 19-8 from the foul line.

McAfee tied her career-high with 12 points on the night. Also scoring in double digits was senior Nyema Mitchell (Birmingham, AL) with ten. Mitchell also added eight rebounds in the loss.

Both teams shot 37.5 percent from the field and had 45 total rebounds but Penn out-shot Brown 6-1 from beyond the arc.

Brown will wrap up its long swing on the road when it travels to Cornell and Columbia next weekend.