Nov. 25, 2008
Providence, RI - Despite junior Natalie Bonds' (Tavares, FL) game-high 20 points and nine rebounds, and also a 15 point performance by sophomore guard Karly Grace (Camp Hill, PA), the Brown women's basketball team (0-4) fell 75-59 to the University of Rhode Island (2-2) on Wednesday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The Bears got off to a slow start, trailing 13-6 in the first six minutes of play. Rhode Island's Sierra Cooper scored eight points as Lindsay Harris and Ebony Evans netted six to extend its lead to 23-6 at the 9:27 mark. A lay-up from Bonds ended the Rams' 10-0 run, but Rhode Island continued to build on its lead and head into the halftime with a 37-20 cushion.
Grace and Bonds sparked Brown's offense in the second half as the Bears began to claw their way back into the game. Grace hit two three pointers and junior guard Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) nailed a jumper to bring Brown within 15 with 3:28 left in regulation. After a timeout, Grace lit up for another trey and junior Shae Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) drove through the middle of the paint for a lay-up to bring the game within 12. Bonds, scoring nine second-half points, had two big blocks for Brown, as Grace brought the score within 10 after a jumper underneath the basket with three minutes remaining.
Six straight points by Ebony Evans and clutch free-throw shooting by the Rams pushed Rhody's lead back up to 16 as the game ended 75-59. Leading the Rams was Evans with 19 points and eight rebounds, followed by Sierra Cooper's 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. For the Bears, Bonds netted a career-high 20 points and led the team in rebounds with nine, as Grace tallied 15 points. Rookie Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) had another solid performance, chipping in with nine points, two rebounds and two assists.
The Bears are back in action at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, against the University of Maine and will then take on either West Virginia or NJIT on Saturday, Nov. 29 during the Dead River Company Classic.