Feb. 2, 2007
Philadelphia, PA - Despite a valiant second-half effort, the Brown women's basketball team (3-16, 1-4 Ivy) lost, 66-57, to Penn (7-10, 2-2 Ivy) on Friday night at The Palestra. Senior Ashley King-Bichof (Pleasanton, CA) and senior Lena McAfee (Reston, VA) led the offense with 14 points each.
Junior point-guard Annesley O'Neal (Franklin, GA) scored Brown's first two points of the game by converting two shots at the free throw line, and then McAfee went on to score eight consecutive points to put the Bears close behind the Quakers.
Although the score was tied 14-14 with 11:36 left in the half, the Bears went scoreless for nearly five minutes and headed into the locker room down, 32-20. Penn's Monica Naltner, the team's leading scorer, helped the Quakers make its run, scoring 12 consecutive points for the team.
McAfee and King-Bischof led the Bears' second-half scoring, as they netted eight of Brown's 10 points with 11:20 to go in the game. O'Neal cut the Bears deficit to eight points with a three-pointer, but Penn's Joey Rhoads answered right back with a trey making the score 43-32.
Penn's outside shooters got hot in the second half, including Rhoades who netted four three-pointers, giving the Quakers one of its biggest leads of the night, 54-40, with six minutes remaining in the game. But as Penn heated up, so did King-Bischof, who went off to score eight consecutive points, followed by buckets by freshman Lindsay Walls (Santa Cruz, CA) and McAfee, bringing the score to 57-49.
O'Neal and freshman Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) netted a combined 10 points for the Bears in the final minutes of the game, cutting Brown's deficit to nine points, with the final score ending in Penn's favor, 66-57.
King-Bischof ended with 14 points and seven rebounds, as McAfee had 14 and four rebounds. Also chipping in was O'Neal with 13 points, five rebounds and three steals and Walls recorded her first double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow when they take on Princeton at 7 p.m.