December 4, 2005

Bears Hang On For 71-62 Win Over Stony Brook in Brown Classic Championship

Dec. 4, 2005

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Providence, RI - The Brown women's basketball team hung on for a 71-62 victory over Stony Brook in the championship game of the 2005 Brown Classic on Sunday at the Pizzitola Center. The win gives the Bears their second straight Classic title as they advanced to today's championship with an 86-71 victory over Hampton yesterday. Senior captain Sarah Hayes was named the Tournament's MVP, guiding the Bears to both victories, including a team-high 20 point performance today. Senior Colleen Kelly was named to the All-Tournament Team, posting 16 points in the championship match.

Brown came out shooting, taking a 4-0 lead in the opening minute of play off baskets by Hayes and junior Lena McAfee. The two teams then settled into a back and forth battle, trading baskets through the midway point of the half. Kelly's second three of the day at the 9:40 mark pushed Brown out to a 16-12. She continued her three-point barrage, giving the Bears a 21-12 lead less than a minute later. A floater down the sideline by senior Jackie Vocell, who also posted double figures in the win with 12 points, made it a 15 point game, 27-12, with 6:32 left.

Hayes went on to score five straight points, pacing Brown to its biggest lead of the half, 34-17, with 5:12 remaining. Stony Brook stayed within reach with key three-point shooting, cutting the lead down to 12, 43-31, heading into the locker room. The Seawolves shot just 32% (6-19) in front of the arc but were able to knock down 5 of 10 attempts behind it. Hayes and Kelly each posted a game-high 11 points in the half while Vocell chipped in with seven.

Stony Brook switched to a full court press in the second half, forcing Brown into five early turnovers. A steal and lay-up by Leah Getz made it a seven points contest, 48-41, by the 13:03 mark.

The Bears fell into a slump, allowing the Seawolves to narrow the gap. A three-point play by Getz followed by a lay-up by Jessica Smith got Stony Brook to within two, 54-52, with 9:32 left to play but Hayes' leadership showed through as she guided the Bears with five quick points to push the lead back to seven, 59-52.

The defensive pressure of the Seawolves continued to give Brown trouble, not allowing the Bears many good looks at the basket heading into the seven minutes of play. After cutting the lead back down to four, 59-55, with 6:54 left, Stony Brook found itself down by 10 just two minutes later as Brown finally got its offense going with a 6-0 run. Another three-point play by Hayes along with three free throws by Kelly, shot the Bears back up to a 65-55 lead with 4:51 showing on the clock.

Stony Brook went on to miss four straight shots before a three-point play by Smith brought the Seawolves to within seven, 65-58, with 3:22 left. That was as close as they would get as Brown sealed the victory with timely free throw shooting in the closing minutes. Earlier in the day, Arkansas State defeated Hampton 97-71 in the consolation game. Rudy Simms led the Lady Indians with 24 points while Rachel Butler also posted 24 points for the Pirates.

2005 Brown Classic
1-Brown
2-Stony Brook
3-Arkansas State
4-Hampton

All-Tournament Team
Colleen Kelly-Brown
Jessica Smith-Stony Brook
Dana Ferraro-Stony Brook
Rudy Simms-Arkansas State
Rachel Butler-Hampton

Tournament MVP
Sarah Hayes-Brown