Nov. 12, 2006
Providence, RI - Despite having three players in double-digit scoring, the Brown (0-1) women's basketball team fell to in-state rival, Providence College (2-0), in a 62-53 battle at Mullaney Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Led by seniors Ashley King-Bischof (Pleasanton, CA) and senior Lena McAfee's (Reston, VA) 11-point performances, the Bears found themselves in an 18-point first-half hole in which they could not dig themselves out of.
Providence College jumped out to an 18-0 lead with 12:24 remaining in the first-half. It wasn't until 11:31 that the Bears' scored its first point off a jumper by King-Bischof. The Friars' first-half points came from senior forward Shauna Snyder who scored 10 points and recorded two steals as well as sophomore guard Chelsea Marandola's nine points and two steals.
Brown, hampered by 14 first-half turnovers, was sparked by freshman Courtney Lee's (Archer, FL) tenacious defense as she picked up three steals aiding in Brown's late recovery. The first-half comeback began with two outside jumpers by McAfee, and then a quick bucket by sophomore Megan McCahill (Highlands Ranch, CO). McAfee scored eight points as Lee chipped in five. Controlling the boards for the Bears' was King-Bischof who pulled down six as Brown headed into the locker room down 33-22.
The Bears came out hot in the second half as they turned an 11-point deficit to five with just 8:38 remaining in the game. King-Bischof started the Bears' comeback with a three-pointer followed by a lay up by freshman Natalie Bonds (Tavares, FL) and a jumper by Lee. But that was as close as the game would get as Providence College brought the lead back up to nine to eventually end the game.
Snyder led the Friars' in scoring with 18 points and five rebounds and Marandola added 14 points. Shantee Darrian pulled down 12 rebounds and had six points.
Brown's King-Bischof recorded her first double-double this season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. McAfee ended with 11 points and seven rebounds and McCahill had 10 points and five rebounds.
Brown is back in action at 7 p.m. on Friday when they host Army followed by Fairfield at 2 p.m. on Sunday.