Nov. 26, 2005
Kingston, RI - The Brown women's basketball team (1-3) gave 2004 & 2005 NCAA Tournament participant Ole Miss (4-1) all it could handle in the first half before the Lady Rebels went on to take control in the second, in a 56-47 loss in the consolation game of the URI Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday. The Bears battled the Lady Rebels, which upset #14 Texas Tech on Wednesday night, to a 29-26 first half score but went flat in the second as Ole Miss went up by as many as 20. Senior Sarah Hayes led Brown with 10 points and four steals in the loss. Freshman Megan McCahill added 10 points in the loss as well.
Similar to yesterday's game against Rhode Island, the Bears surged out to a 7-0 lead with a three by Kelly, a lay-up by junior Lena McAfee off a nice pass from Hayes, followed by a lay-up by Kelly. Ole Miss, which received votes in this week's national polls, started off stone cold, missing eight of its first nine shots, including an 0-6 showing from downtown.
Five straight free throws by the Lady Rebels got them back into the game while a jumper from the free throw line with 12:19 left in the half gave them their first lead of the game, 12-11.
Ole Miss maintained a slight lead but a three in the corner by freshman Megan McCahill made it a three-point contest, 23-20, with 5:49 left. A post-up jumper by Hayes at the 4:31 mark brought Brown to within one, 23-22. John Wooden Preseason Award candidate Armintie Price's first field goal of the game gave the Lady Rebels their three-point lead back at 2:15, a lead they would go into the locker room with.
The Lady Rebels shot just 27% from the field in the half while the Bears shot 40%. Second chances were the difference in the half as Ole Miss dominated the boards, 30-14, including a 15-4 margin on the offensive glass. Brown did not make one trip to the charity stripe while Ole Miss went 10-13.
The second half proved to be a completely different game as Brown went numb, shooting just 17% from the field, allowing Ole Miss to break open the game. A 16-2 run by the Rebels ballooned the lead to 17, 45-28, with 12:53 showing in the clock. Brown went without a point for over six minutes of play, going 0-11 between 19:15-12:50. A free throw by McCahill finally stopped the bleeding but Ole Miss went on to extend the lead to 20, 51-31, with 10:06 left.
A late 10-0 run by Brown cut the lead to 10, 51-41, by the 3:24 mark but a three by Ashley Johnson pushed it back to a 13 point cushion for Ole Miss. A three in the final seconds by senior Jackie Vocell dropped the final score to single digits, 56-47.
Brown will return home to the friendly confines of the Pizzitola Center for the first time since last season, next weekend as it will host the annual Brown Classic. The Bears will face Hampton in the first game on Saturday at 1 p.m. while Arkansas State will take on Stony Brook in the second game of the day. The consolation game will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the championship game at 3 p.m. Brown won the Classic last season with a 69-61 win over Lehigh in the champi