March 4, 2005

Bears Escape With 66-56 Win Over Columbia

March 4, 2005

Box Score

New York, NY - The Brown women's basketball team picked up its 17th victory of the season with a 66-56 win over Columbia on Friday night in New York City. Three players scored in double figures for the Bears, headed up by senior Holly Robertson's 15. She also added a game-high nine rebounds in the team's ninth Ivy victory of the season.

King-Bischof continued her hot shooting from the Bears last game against Harvard with five unanswered points early on tonight, giving Brown a 9-7 lead. The Bears extended their lead to nine, 16-7, by the 11:10 mark with seven more unanswered points. Sophomore Lena McAfee's put-back followed by junior Colleen Kelly's three with the shot clock winding down made it a seven-point game. Robertson's first basket of the game gave the Bears their nine-point advantage.

Columbia struggled from the field, not scoring a point for over six minutes of play, allowing Brown to expand its lead to 12 with another three by Kelly. Soon after it was Brown that faced a drought, going without a field goal for over eight minutes of play due in part to bad shot selection. Meanwhile the Lions found their range, getting to within four, 21-17, with 3:18 left until halftime. Susan Kern got hot, pouring in ten first half points for Columbia, including a pair of three's.

Senior Andrea Conrad ended the half by scoring the Bear's last six points of the half, sending them into the locker room with a seven point lead, 29-22. Her three-point play with 18 seconds left gave the team a nine-point edge back but Lisa Copeland's jumper in the corner under pressure with four seconds left cut the lead to seven.

Brown broke out to a 18-point lead in the second, as it held the Lions without the field goal for the first 6:23 of the half. King-Bischof opened up the scoring with another trey at the 16:37 mark. Two baskets by Robertson followed by a jumper by Hayes and a three-point play by McAfee made it a 41-25 game by the 13:00 mark. Junior Jackie Vocell's mid-range jumper capped off the drive for the Bears.

The Lions knocked the lead down to 13, 43-30, with a 5-0 run heading into the final ten minutes of the game but Brown held onto that lead for another three minutes before taking a 15-point lead on a pair of free throws by freshman Anne O'Neal. Adia Revell and Edytte Key got the Lions to within ten, 51-41, with a three-point play and a jumper on two straight possessions with just over five minutes left to play.

By the 2:37 mark, the Lions got to within seven thanks to six straight free throws but a jumper by Vocell followed by a pair of free throws gave Brown the insurance it needed as it escaped with the ten-point victory.

Hayes finished with 10 points and a game-high five steals while McAfee added 11 points and three steals.

Brown will close out the 2004-05 season at Cornell tomorrow night. Game time is set for 7 p.m.