Dec. 1, 2007
Providence, RI - - The Brown women's basketball team (1-7) defeated Howard University (0-8) in the first game of the 17th annual Brown Bear Basketball Classic on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) netted a career and game-high 20 points, while the Bears picked up its first win of the 2007-08 season.
The Lady Bison pressured Brown throughout most of the game and forced the Bears into 13 turnovers. But the Bears were able to go into half time trailing just 31-24 with Johnson picking up eight points and freshman Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) pulling down seven rebounds.
Howard wasn't going to back down, and increased its lead to 11 points just three minutes into the second half. But the Bears turned up the pressure, as senior Annesley O'Neal (Franklin, GA) sparked the Bears' with four steals.
The Bears turned their deficit into a lead with the help of Johnson, who scored 12 of her 20 points that half to gain a 56-51 lead with 7:19 left on the clock. But the feisty Lady Bison were able to bring themselves within one point with two minutes remaining in the game, 61-60.
O'Neal found herself at the free-throw line and sank one of the two, and sophomore Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) converted on one of two as well with 1:21 left to put the score at 63-61. Freshman Sarah Delk (Atlanta, GA) sealed the deal by draining two free-throws with one second remaining on clock to pick up the win.
Brown was led by Johnson's 20 points, and Williams collected a career-high 10 rebounds. The Bears' bench made the difference in today's game by adding 18 points to Howard's seven. Leading the Lady Bison was Tamaya Daniels with 18 points and nine rebounds, followed by Asha Santee with 15 points.
In game two of the Brown Bear Basketball Classic, St. Joseph's defeated Manhattan College. Brown will now play the St. Joseph's University Hawks in the championship game tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. Manhattan will take on Howard tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.