Dec. 30, 2008
Coral Gables, FL - - Despite a team high 12 points by sophomore forward Sarah Delk (Atlanta, GA) the Brown women's basketball team dropped an 84-54 decision to Duquesne University during the consolation game of the University of Miami Holiday Tournament on Sunday evening. The Bears dropped to 1-10 on the 2008-09 season, as the Dukes improved to 10-4.
Both teams got off to a slow start, as the game was tied at 6-6 seven minutes into the first half. Duquesne then went on an 8-0 run to increase its lead to 14-6 just three minutes later. The Dukes continued to shut down Brown's offensive efforts, forcing the Bears into 17 first-half turnovers, but junior guard Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) broke the scoreless streak with a lay-up on the left side to put the score at 17-8 at the 7:30 mark.
The Dukes, who shot 55 percent from both the field and three-point field goal range, was led by Kristi Little's eight points, as Alex Gensler, Samantha Pollino and Samantha Thompson each added six as they went into the locker room at half with a 47-19 lead.
Sophomore forward Betsy Jacobson (Rochester, NY) led Brown in scoring in the first 20 minutes, going two-for-three from the field and threw in a foul shot to lead the team with five points. The Bears were just seven of 28 (25 percent) from the field, but were five-of-five from the charity stripe.
The Dukes began the second stanza going on a 7-0 run, but Amy Ehrhart (Golden, CO) broke the silence with a turn around jumper in the paint. Johnson then added a lay-up and sophomore guard Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) threw in two jumpers to put the score at 60-27 with 12:41 left in competition. But as soon as the Bears would knock in a few shots and begin to chip away at their deficit, the Dukes would answer right back. Duquesne's Gensler and Little both finished with 12 points, as Thompson chipped in with 11 as the Dukes earned the win, 84-54. Duquesne shot 52 percent from the field for the game, and out-rebounded the Bears, 41-32.
Delk, who went three-for-three from the field and four-for-four from the line, earned a career and team-high 12 points. Johnson added 11 points for the Bears, followed by Williams with six. Freshman Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) led the team in rebounds with seven, as Williams brought down six. As a team, the Bears were stellar from the charity stripe, converting 15 of 17 and shot 32 percent from the field for the game.
Up next, the Bears will host Army at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4 at the Pizzitola Sports Center.