February 7, 2009

Harvard Hands Brown 71-46 Loss

Feb. 7, 2009

Providence, RI - The Brown women's basketball team (3-17, 1-5) suffered a 71-46 loss to Harvard University (12-7, 4-1 Ivy) on Saturday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Crimson had four players score in double figures, and was led by Brogan Berry's 17-point effort. Sophomore Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) and Karly Grace (Camp Hill, PA) led Brown in scoring with 10 points a piece.

The Bears came out hot, shooting 40 percent from the field in the first eight minutes of play. Harvard gained an 11-10 advantage over Brown after eight minutes of play, but Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) drained two free throws to give Brown the lead.

A three by Harvard's Christina Matera and a lay-up by Brogan Berry started the Crimson's 15-0 run, but Brown rookie Lindsay Steele (Erial, NJ) ended the scoreless streak with a jumper from the right corner to decrease the deficit to 27-14 with 4:41 remaining in the half.

Harvard's hard-nosed defense then went on to hold Brown scoreless for another four minutes, as hot-shooting Harvard built its lead to 36-14. Grace closed out the half with a three pointer at the buzzer, sending the Bears into the locker room down 36-17. Harvard shot 48 percent in the first half, and went 4-11 from beyond the arc.

Down 27 a few minutes into the second stanza, Brown settled into its offense and began to make a comeback. A lay-up by Williams, a jumper by senior captain Amy Ehrhart (Golden, CO) and a three by Grace helped Brown cut its deficit to 21. The Bears continued to chip away at the deficit, coming with 18 after a couple free throws by Ehrhart and a trey by sophomore Sarah Delk (Atlanta, GA). But that was as close as the squad would get, as Harvard then pulled away to take a 71-46 lead to end the game.

Harvard's Berry led the offense with a game-high 17 points, followed by Christine Matera's 16 points. Williams and Grace each added 10 points for Bruno, as Williams pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

The Bears hit the road for four straight road games, as the squad takes on Penn on Friday, Feb. 13 and then Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m.