Bears' Run For NCAA Bid Falls Short
March 10, 2006
New Haven, CT - The Brown women's basketball team's run for the Ivy League's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament fell short as the Bears fell to Dartmouth, 73-62, at Yale's John Lee Amphitheater on Friday. Senior Colleen Kelly led Brown with 20 points while fellow senior Sarah Hayes added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. The game was a close battle for nearly the entire game as the lead changed hands 10 times but in the end the Big Green earned the victory at the line, out-shooting the Bears 26-8.
In the early going, both teams struggled to control the ball and get quality shots. Lena McAfee '07 stepped up with two big threes and two big put-backs. McAfee led the Bears with 13 points, two off her career-high, on 6-of-11 shooting in the first half. Hayes, Ivy League Player of the Year and Kelly chipped in with eight apiece.
Dartmouth kept the game close with three-point shooting and free-throw shooting. The Big Green shot 4-of-12 from behind the arc and 12-of-13 from the foul line. Brown got the first big scoring run when they went on a 9-0 run to give it a 17-9 lead.
The Big Green responded with an 8-0 run to knot the game at 17. Both teams traded baskets the rest of the first half. Neither team could grab a lead of more than three points.
The last five minutes looked a lot like the first five minutes with neither team able to run good offensive sets with the first half ending in a 36-36 tie. Angie Soriaga led the Big Green with 10 points while Jeanie Cullen and Scott chipped in six apiece.
In the first four minutes of the second half Dartmouth gained its biggest advantage of six at 44-38 when Scott began to assert herself down low. The Big Green ran three consecutive sets that isolated her on the left block and she finished all three.
Brown quickly answered with a 7-0 run to take the lead back, 45-44.
Every time Brown made a slight run, the Big Green answered. The biggest answer occurred when Brown cut the lead to three at 57-54 and Taylor made a three from the corner to give the Big Green a 60-54 lead.
Brown just could not come up with an answer for Taylor and the rest of the Big Green. Dartmouth continued to make its free throws down the stretch en route to the victory.
Brown will now wait to see if gets a bid to the WNIT Tournament. Selections will be made late Monday night after the NCAA Selection Show.