Second Half Surge Leads Princeton to 67-59 Victory Over Brown
Feb. 29, 2008
Princeton, NJ - Despite having a 26-20 half-time lead over the Princeton Tigers (6-20, 3-7), the Brown women's basketball team (2-23, 1-10 Ivy) fell, 67-59, on Friday night at Jadwin Gym. Senior point-guard Annesley O'Neal (Franklin, GA) led Bruno with a career-high 16 points and five rebounds, followed by sophomore Ashley Alexander (Houston, TX) with a career-high 14 points.
Brown came out with intensity in the first half, playing great team basketball. With the score 10-9 in Princeton's favor after 12 minutes of play, Brown began to gain a lead after sophomore Shae Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) made a tough jumper in the paint and converted the free-throw to put Brown ahead, 12-10.
Freshmen Betsy Jacobson (Rochester, NY) and Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) each hit jumpers, as O'Neal made a three to bring the score to 23-14 with three minutes left in the half. Brown then went up by eight points after sophomore Natalie Bonds (Tavares, FL) put in lay-up and a free-throw to head into halftime with a 26-20 lead.
The Bears came out flat in the second half, as the Tigers netted six quick points to cut their deficit to just two. A lay-up by Ali Prichard tied the game at 28-28 at the 16:29 mark. A bucket by Alexander and a trey and two free-throws by O'Neal gave Bruno a 36-31 lead with 12 minutes left on the clock. The Tigers tied the game and then took the lead after two consecutive threes by Shelbie Pool, putting the score at 43-40 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Princeton's Meagan Cowher had a quiet first half, but came alive in the second, scoring nine points in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza to give Princeton an eight point lead at the 7:54 mark.
Princeton took its biggest lead of the night with five minutes left, going ahead 57-46 after a three by Krystal Hill and a turnaround jumper by Ali Prichard. Alexander scored Brown's next six points to bring the score to 61-50 with 2:21 on the clock.
O'Neal's three from the corner and a lay-up by Alexander brought the Bears within five with a minute left on the clock. But that was as close as Brown would come, as Princeton went up 67-59 and won the game.
Following O'Neal's 16 points and Alexander's 14 was sophomore Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) with eight and Bonds with seven. Alexander and O'Neal both had five rebounds, and sophomore Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) handed our four assists.
Princeton's Hill led the Tigers with 19 points and eight rebounds, as Cowher added 16. Princeton went 19-27 from the charity stripe, as Brown went 10-13. Brown out-shot the Tigers, shooting over 42 percent from the field to Princeton's 40, and 50 percent from the arc as the Tigers shot just 33 percent from the three.
Brown will battle with Penn at The Palestra tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.