February 18, 2006

Bears Grab Hold Of First Place With 59-54 Win Over Dartmouth In Overtime

Feb. 18, 2006

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Providence, RI - The Brown women's basketball team moved into first place in the Ivy League with a nail-bitting 59-54 overtime win over Dartmouth on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 1,236 at the Pizzitola Center. The Bears had a chance to win the game in regulation but senior Sarah Hayes' fade-away jumper in the final seconds rolled off the rim. The Bears have now won seven straight to improve to 15-8 overall and 9-1 in the Ivy League, while the loss for Dartmouth tonight was its first in Ivy play. The Big Green now stand in second place with an 8-1 record. Hayes posted her second straight double-double, leading Brown with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

A defensive lapse by the Bears gave the Big Green an easy lay-up in the opening minute of overtime. Dartmouth went on to get three easy chances at the free throw line but all three of them fell short. Junior Lena McAfee then made the play of the game, banking in a long range two and drawing the foul. Her three-point conversion with 1:47 left to play gave Brown the lead for a good, 53-52.

What followed was the unyielding leadership of Hayes, who secured the win by making four free throws in the final minute of the game. Junior Ashley King-Bischof, who had a standout performance, put the icing on the cake with a lay-up with three seconds left on the clock.

It was a low scoring affair in the early going as both teams struggled from the field. Brown finally found an offensive spark, kick started by senior Colleen Kelly, who returned to the court after picking up two early fouls. Her long-range two began a 10-1 drive, which gave the Bears a 18-11 lead by the 5:51 mark. Dartmouth quickly got to within one but Brown went into the locker room with the momemtum as King-Bischof made a great steal on what was a sure wide open lay-up for the Big Green on a fast break.

King-Bischof then drilled a long range three at the buzzer, giving Brown a 27-21 lead at the half. King-Bischof led all players with ten points off the bench while Kelly added nine. Ashley Taylor led Dartmouth with seven.Brown took its biggest lead of nine points early in the second half but Dartmouth slowly began chipping away at the lead, eventually tying the game by the 10:12 mark, 38-38. With five minutes left to go in regulation, Brown held a one point lead, 44-43. A lay-up by freshman Catherine Schaper followed by a steal by McAfee, which lead to an easy lay-in for junior Katie Barr, pushed Brown out to a five point edge soon after.

The nation's top three-point shooter quieted the crowd with a three-pointer on the other end but freshman jitters did not get a hold of Schaper as she sunk two free throws to give Brown a four-point advantage back.

Krista Perry recorded back-to-back lay-ins to put the game in a 50-50 deadlock as Brown turned the ball over twice leading into the final minute of play. The Bears got two chances to take the lead as sophomore Annesley O'Neal grabbed hold of Schaper's missed jumper, leading to Hayes' fade-away miss at the buzzer.

A total of three players scored in double figured for Brown, led by Hayes' double-double. Kelly also added 14 points in the win while King-Bischof scored 12 off the bench.

Brown will look to maintain possession of first place next weekend as it hosts Columbia and Cornell in its final home weekend. The Bears will travel to Princeton and Penn in the final weekend of Ivy play on March 3-4.