PROVIDENCE, RI -- The Brown women's basketball team used a balanced scoring attack and tight defense to defeat the Dartmouth Big Green 63-54 at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday night.
Playing its first home game since December 3, the Bears took a ten-point advantage in the first half, using the solid frontcourt play of Rachael MacDonald and Nyema Mitchell, who scored 6 and 5 points, respectively, to help Brown take a 16-6 advantage. However, the Green came back, and the teams went into the locker rooms with Brown holding a slim 30-29 advantage.
In the second half, though, the Brown defense shut down Dartmouth, holding the Green to just 29.7% shooting in the second half, as the Bears pulled down 41 rebounds and forced 22 turnovers. Brown also hit several free throws down the stretch to take their first win over Dartmouth since the 1996-97 season, a streak of seven games.
For the game, MacDonald finished with 13 points and 4 boards, shooting 5-of-6 from the field, while Erin-Kate Barton added 10 points and 7 boards. Freshman Tara Williams was the only other Bear to score in double figures, as she picked up 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Junior co-captain Rada Pavichevich pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Bears, now 6-7 overall, will look to improve to 2-0 in league play tomorrow when the Harvard Crimson come to town. Game time is set for 7:00.