Feb. 15, 2008
Providence, RI - Led by Shae Fitzpatrick's (Lynnfield, MA) 15 points and six rebounds, the Brown women's basketball team (2-19, 1-6) defeated Penn (3-18, 0-6), 70-59, for its first Ivy League victory at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday night.
The Bears came out hot, as they gained a quick lead against the Quakers and never let it go. Fitzpatrick's 11 first-half points and a deep three by freshman Karly Grace (Camp Hill. PA) helped Brown gain momentum while taking a 29-8 lead with 4:26 remaining in the half. Penn chipped away at its deficit with the help of Kim Adams' seven points, but stellar free-throw shooting by the Bears (9 of 11), helped Bruno to a 36-21 advantage heading into the locker room.
A lay-up by Penn's Maggie Burgess at the 14 minute mark cut the Quakers deficit to just eight points, but Brown wasn't going to back down. Fitzpatrick hit a trey, and jumpers from Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) and Ashley Alexander (Houston, TX) put the score at 52-44 with six minutes remaining. Although Penn picked up its defensive pressure, the Bears handled it well, committing just seven turnovers for the game while handing out 12 assists. Senior point guard Annesley O'Neal (Franklin, GA) led the charge with five assists, followed by Grace with three.
Penn's Adams led the Quakers with a game-high 17 points, while Sarah Bucar brought down a game-high 10 rebounds. Following Fitzpatrick (15) in points was Williams with 10 and seven boards, and Alexander with nine points and five boards. Brown took a season high 42 free-throws, going 25-42. Freshman Sarah Delk (Atlanta, GA) went four-for-four, while Alexander went five-for-six.
Brown's game against Princeton tomorrow (7:00 p.m.) brings together a number of local and national initiatives - the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Think Pink," the NCAA's "Pack the House Challenge," and Brown's own "Blitz the Pitz." The game will see the bears wearing pink shoe laces and also features the distribution of team posters, a post-game meet-and-greet session with the Bears, and a special $8 ticket package that includes two game tickets, two hot dogs, and two drinks.
To create a "pink out" atmosphere, custom pink t-shirts are being sold for $10 by members of the women's ice hockey team, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and by BrowNation. T-shirts will also be sold in the Brown Ticket Office, located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, and at all home basketball and ice hockey games through Feb. 16.
Coaching and game day staffs for many other Brown teams will wear pink scarves, ties, ribbons, shirts, and shoelaces during their competitions. For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness week at Brown, call (401) 863-2773.