Strong Defensive Play Leads Women's Hoops Past Princeton, 59-39
Feb. 21, 2004
Providence, RI - Brown out-rebounded Princeton by a 41-24 margin as the Bears cruised to a 59-39 victory at the Pizzitola Center on Saturday night in women's basketball action. The win improves the Bears to 13-10 overall and 6-4 in the Ivy League as they have now won their last three contests. Nine players recorded a field goal for Brown as it held the Tigers to just 16 first half points.
Senior Tanara Golston (Evanston, IL), who is just 26 assists away from breaking the single season assists record at Brown, led the attack with 15 points on 7-8 shooting and eight assists. Also recording double-digits was junior Holly Robertson (Cochrane, Alberta) with 11 points on 5-8 shooting and seven boards.
For the third straight game Brown seized an early lead and stayed on top the rest of the way. Princeton's first bucket of the game to tie the score at 2-2 was the closest it got as the Bears went on a 10-1 run to close out the first half with a 19 point gap.
Brown killed the Tigers on the glass with a 23-9 advantage, including an 11-2 showing on the offensive side in the opening half. Robertson got all of her 11 in the period, which was capped off by a three from freshman Lena McAfee (Reston, VA).
Brown's pressure defense held Princeton without a field goal for 14:19, spanning the two halves. The Bears took their biggest lead of 23 points on three different occasions in the final half with Princeton getting no closer than 17 points.
Sophomore Sarah Hayes pitched in with six points and six rebounds, five of them offensive, along with two assists and a block. Senior Nyema Mitchell (Birmingham, AL) also contributed six points and seven rebounds. McAfee finished with eight points on perfect shooting. The rookie went 3-3, including 2-2 from downtown. Sophomore Colleen Kelly (Rochester, NY) pulled down a season-high six rebounds in the victory as well.
Freshman Stephanie Spada (Norristown, PA) knocked in her first collegiate field goal with a three-point bomb from the far side in the second half. She finished with five points on the night with a total of 16 players earning playing time on the Bears stacked roster.
The Bears will continue Ivy play with crucial trips to and second place Dartmouth and fourth place Harvard this coming weekend. Brown is currently third in the standings with a one game lead over the Crimson.