February 28, 2009

Brown Women's Basketball Falls Short, 55-48, in Overtime

Feb. 28, 2009

Providence, RI - In its final home game of the 2008-09 season, the Brown women's basketball team (3-23, 1-11 Ivy) came up short, 55-48, in a thrilling overtime game against the University of Pennsylvania Quakers (7-18, 4-7 Ivy) on Saturday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Penn's Caitlin Slover led the Quakers with 18 points and Carrie Biemer netted17 points, as sophomore Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) led Bruno with 11 points and six boards.

The Bears jumped out to an early 10-5 lead at the 13:06 mark, and they continued to build it to 14-6 by limiting Penn to just one shot and executing its offense on the other end. With just under three minutes to go with the score at 18-12, Penn fought back and brought its deficit to just one with 1:02 remaining in the half.

Freshman Lindsay Steele (Erial, NJ) scored with 15 seconds to go to push Brown's lead back up to 20-17, but once again the Quaker's bounced back as Tyler Cumbo converted two of three free throws with four seconds on the clock to head into the locker room down 20-19.

Penn quickly gained its first lead of the night just a few minutes into the second stanza after two free throws by Biemer and a jump shot by Kelly Scott increased Penn's lead to two. Brown sophomore Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) tied the game at 27 with a lay-up after a great pass from Williams on the opposite block. The Quakers then built a 34-29 lead at the 9:41 mark, but Brown was back within one after free throws made by junior point guard Courtney Lee (Archer, FL).

Down by two with 5:39 to go, Karly Grace (Camp Hill, PA) nailed a big three pointer after a Williams steal to give Bruno a 37-36 edge. But Penn's Kelly Scott made back-to-back lay-ups to regain the lead.

With just under a minute to go and the game tied at 44, Williams drove to the hole for two and converted the free throw. A great defensive effort by Brown forces Penn into a shot clock violation, as Williams takes the ball to the hole with five seconds left but gets called for an offensive foul. Brown picked up Penn full court, and Williams intercepted the inbounds pass to throw up a desperation three but just misses to send the game into overtime. Penn out-scored Brown 11-4 in overtime, to seal a 55-48 victory.

Williams led Brown's offense with 11 points and six boards, followed by Johnson with 10 points and six rebounds. Slover led the Quakers with 18 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double, followed by Biemer with 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Bears will end the 2008-09 season with games against Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend.