Feb. 7, 2004
New York, NY - The Brown women's basketball team suffered a tough 68-66 loss to the Columbia Lions on Saturday in New York. After trailing by a slim margin for most of the game, the Bears had a chance to tie the game with 14 seconds remaining in the match but senior Tanara Golston's shot rimmed out, giving Columbia the two-point victory. Brown falls to 10-9 overall and 3-3 in Ivy play.
Sophomore Sarah Hayes led Brown with a career-high 22 points along with six rebounds in the loss. Senior Nyema Mitchell and junior Holly Robertson added 17 and 15 respectively. Golston dished out a career-high 12 assists.
Brown jumped out to a 17-10 lead in the early going but Columbia was able to rally a comeback and took its first lead by the 12 minute mark, 20-19.
The Lions held a steady five point lead but back-to-back straight away jumpers and a free throw by Mitchell brought the Bears to within one with 49 seconds left on the clock.
A three-point play by Sue Altman on the next possession put Columbia up by four but Robertson was able to work her way inside for a lay-up with 12 seconds on the clock as Brown went into the locker room down by just two, 36-34.
Mitchell led the charge with 13 first half points on 6-10 shooting along with four rebounds. Robertson added nine points while Hayes chipped in with eight. Golston dished out six assists in the half as well.
A turnaround hook shot by Robertson tied the game at 36 all to open up the second half but Brown soon found itself back down by seven. The Lions took their biggest lead of the game by the 10:26 mark, 57-48.
Back-to-back baskets by Hayes cut the lead to three, 59-56, with 6:48 left to play but once again the Lions quickly responded with a three point play on its next possession.
Columbia held a steady four point advantage, 68-64, by the one minute mark but with 38 seconds left freshman Lena McAfee was fouled, sending her to the line for two. The rookie drained both under the pressure to bring Brown to within two, 68-66.
On the next possession, Columbia made a costly turnover, stepping out of bounds, giving Brown the ball with 14 seconds left in the game and a chance to tie.
Golston drove the lane with three seconds left but her one handed floater with several Columbia defenders in front of her rimmed out, giving Columbia the two-point win, 68-66.
Brown will return home to face Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday. Both games are set to tip-off at 7 p.m.