Bears Off To Best Start In 30-Year History With 69-61 Win Over Lehigh In Brown Classic Championship

Dec. 5, 2004

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Providence, RI - Off to its best start in the program's 30 year history, the Brown women's basketball team captured the 2004 Brown Classic with a 69-61 win over Lehigh at the Pizzitola Center on Sunday. The victory was the Bears sixth straight as they improve to 6-1 on the season. Tournament MVP Holly Robertson `05 and Sarah Hayes '06, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, combined for 42 points in the win. Brown last won the tournament back in 1999. Earlier in the day, Bowling Green defeated Winthrop 77-52 in the consolation game.

Despite shooting just 5-14 from the field in the opening ten minutes of play, the Bears trailed by just one, 14-13. Two straight turnovers by Lehigh resulting in a pair of fast break lay-ups by Hayes gave Brown an 18-15 lead by the 9:23 mark.

A post-up lay-up by Hayes, her tenth point of the half, gave Brown a 22-17 lead by the seven minute mark, its biggest lead of the half. A three on the other end by the Mountain Hawks brought it down to two but Hayes struck back once again to push it back to four. Lehigh drained its third three of the half on the next play and gained a one-point lead on a lay-up after a Brown miss, 25-24, with 4:56 left.

A three from deep in the corner by sophomore Ashley King-Bischof gave Brown a two-point lead with 1:32 left and a put-back by junior Jackie Vocell gave the Bears a four-point cushion heading into the locker room, 31-27.

Hayes led all players with 12 points on 5-8 shooting in the opening 20 minutes. Robertson added ten on 4-7 shooting as well. King-Bischof played superb defensive, getting three steals in the half.

The Bears cruised to an 11-point advantage in the opening two minutes of the second fueled by its pressuring defense. A three by sophomore Lena McAfee followed by an in-bounds lay-up by Robertson gave Brown a 36-27 lead by the 18:30 mark. Junior Colleen Kelly made a steal at the other end and went coast-to-coast for the lay-in, giving the Bears their biggest lead of the game up to that point, 38-27.

Brown extended its lead to 15, 49-34, with an offensive put-back by Robertson at the 12:37 mark. The Mountain Hawks slowly crawled their way back into the game with a 13-4 run spanning just over five minutes. All-Tournament Team selection Jessica DePalo's three-point play with 4:47 left made it a four-point game, 55-51. Junior Colleen Kelly responded to the pressure by draining two huge three's down the stretch, helping put Brown up by nine with 2:09 left to play. Hayes made two key steals and lay-ins in the final four minutes as well.

Lehigh wouldn't go away though as they turned Brown's 11-point lead with 1:23 to play into just a four-point lead with 23 seconds remaining. That was as close as it would get though as Vocell hooked up with Robertson for a break-away lay-up on the in-bounds play following a Lehigh timeout.

Kelly made a huge steal on Lehigh's next possession while Robertson drained two free throws to seal the victory for the red-hot Bears.

Robertson finished with a season-high 22 points, including 6-6 from the line, and 12 rebounds. The 6'5" center also contributed four assists and four blocks. Hayes added a season-high 20 points along with four steals and four rebounds. DePalo led Lehigh with 15 points. Adrienne Blount also received All-Tournament honors for the Mountain Hawks, posting nine points and four rebounds in today's game.

Sophomore center Liz Honegger posted her second double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds, leading Bowling Green to a 74-52 victory over Winthrop in the consolation game of the 2004 Brown Classic. The Falcons broke out to a 10-point lead by the end of the first half and went on to out-score the Eagles 39-27 in the second to earn the 22-point victory. The key stat proved to be the Falcons 31 points off Winthrop's 24 turnovers. Honegger was selected to the All-Tournament Team for her performance.

Bowling Green jumped out to a 9-0 lead. Honegger led the charge with five quick points. Winthrop cut it to one, 14-13, by the 10 minute mark with a pair of three's.

Winthrop hung around, tying the score at 20 with 4:41 left in the half on junior Iva Milevoj's drive down the lane. The Falcon's came alive down the stretch, spurting out to a 10-point lead, 35-25, by the end of the half with a 15-6 drive.

Honegger led all players with 13 points on 5-7 shooting along with five rebounds. The Eagles displayed a well-balanced with seven players notching at least a point. Bowling Green got 13 points off Winthrop's 13 turnovers.

Bowling Green extended its lead to 23, 52-29, seven minutes into the second half as Winthrop struggled from the field. Junior Arin Kress single-handedly kept the game in reach for the Eagles, posting eight points early on in the frame.

The Falcons continued their strong play, however, as Winthrop was never able to recover, giving Bowling Green its third victory of the season. The Eagles are still in search of their first win this season, going 0-7 to start off the year.

Kress, who led the Eagles with a career-high 19 points on 8-10 shooting, was named to the All-Tournament Team. Sophomore Megan Thorburn added 16 points for the Falcons in the win.

2004 Brown Classic
1st-Brown
2nd-Lehigh
3rd-Bowling Green
4th-Winthrop

Tournament MVP
Holly Robertson-Brown

All-Tournament Team
Sarah Hayes-Brown Jessica DePalo-Lehigh Adrienne Blount-Lehigh Liz Honegger-Bowling Green Arin Kress-Winthrop