Women's Basketball Battles Illinois-Chicago to 76-71 Overtime Loss

Nov. 26, 2003

Providence, RI - The Brown women's basketball team battled the University of Illinois-Chicago to a 76-71 overtime loss at the Pizzitola Center on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Brown crawled its way back from a 39-27 halftime deficit with sophomore Sarah Hayes jumper with four seconds left to play in regulation tying the game up at 59. The Flames pulled through in overtime as they took the lead with a 1:25 left to play and held off the Bears for the 76-71 final. Brown is now 1-1 on the season.

UIC came back from a 16-10 deficit, going on a 15-0 run to take a 25-16 lead with seven minutes left in first half. The Flames built up a 12 point lead by the end of the half. Sophomore Colleen Kelly led Brown with 11 points in the half on 4-6 shooting, including 3-3 from behind the arc.

The Bears fought their way back in the second half with Kelly's jumper from the corner with 12:28 on the clock bringing Brown to within four. Senior Tanara Golston made it a two point game on the next possession with a strong drive to the basket.

Junior Holly Robertson's lay-up from Golston knotted the game at 47 with 7:17 left to play. The Flames regained the lead shortly after but Brown stuck around, not allowing UIC to go up by more then three. Trailing by just two with 12 seconds left to play in regulation, the Bears had the chance to tie the game. Hayes shot from the corner came up short but the 2003 Ivy League Rookie of the Year crashed the boards to get her own rebound and dumped in the tying field goal inside the paint.

A turnover by UIC gave Brown the ball back with three seconds left to play and a chance to ice the victory but Robertson's shot rimmed out, sending the game into overtime. Senior Miranda Craigwell's lay-up with 2:16 left to play gave Brown a 66-65 lead but a lay-up and four straight free throws put the Flames up by four with the score 71-67 and a minute left to play. UIC converted on 5 of its next 8 free throws to sneak past the Bears.

Kelly finished up the game with a team-high 21 points, tying her career high. Kelly also tied the Brown record for three point attempts in a game with 14. Robertson added 13 points and a team-high 9 rebounds off the bench for Brown. Golston chipped in with 12 points and a game-high six assists. Also scoring in double figures for Brown was Hayes with 11. UIC's Chrissy Dizon led all players with 28 points.

Brown will be back in action on Saturday as it travels to Fairfield to take part in the Coca Cola Classic. The Bears will face Delaware at 5 p.m. in the first round of the tourney.