Feb. 6, 2004
Ithaca, NY - The Brown women's basketball team found its way back to the winners circle as it defeated Ivy League rival Cornell, 69-56, in Ithaca on Friday night. The Bears led the way the entire game as they picked up their 10th victory of the season and moved back above the .500 mark in the league with a 3-2 record.
Senior Tanara Golston led Brown with 17 points on the night while three others recorded double-digits as well. Senior Nyema Mitchell chipped in with 15 and sophomore Sarah Hayes and junior Holly Robertson added 14 and 13 respectively. Hayes fell one rebound shy of the double-double as she pulled down nine in the win. Freshman Lena McAfee also contributed 8 points and seven rebounds on the night.
Brown got into an early flow and carried it through the half as it went into the locker room with its biggest lead of the half, 43-29. The Bears played strong at both ends of the court, forcing 13 Cornell turnovers and pouring in four three-point baskets.
Golston led the attack with 12 points and four assists in the half while Robertson added 11. Hayes also contributed 8 points and 6 rebounds in the half. The Big Red, who got nearly half of their points from the foul line, shot just 26 percent from the field in the first, compared to Brown's 43.
Cornell continued to take advantage from the free throw line in the second half as it cut Brown's 14 point lead down to 8 with just under 14 minutes left to play. A three pointer by Lauren Kilduff brought the Big Red to within 6, 50-44, with 8:45 left.
The Bears quickly pushed their lead back up to 12, 56-44, two minutes later with baskets by Mitchell and Hayes. However, Brown couldn't shake Cornell loose down the stretch as the Big Red bounced back to within 7 with a little over 3 minutes left on the clock.
Mitchell came through with a deep two-pointer from the far corner and a steal at the other end of the court which eventually led to a pair of free throws by Golston. The sequence gave Brown a ten point, 60-50, advantage.
The Bears iced the victory with several free throws in the final minutes as they ran away with the 69-56 win.
Brown will wrap up its long road swing when it heads to Columbia for a 5 p.m. match tomorrow.