NEW HAVEN, CT --The Brown women's basketball team won its fourth straight game on Friday night, defeating the Yale Bulldogs 67-55 to improve to 8-7 overall and 3-0 in Ivy League play.
Brown trailed by as many as ten points in a first half that featured eight lead changes before rallying to take a two-point, 32-30 lead at the break. Junior co-captain Rada Pavichevich led the Bears with 13 of her game-high 17 points in the first half, as she hit her first five shots from the field, including two treys.
The Bears padded their halftime lead by limiting the host Bulldogs to just a pair of field goals in the first seven minutes of the second half. Brown went up by as many as ten points on a well-distributed offense that featured baskets by seven different players. However, Yale came firing back, pulling within five before a Tara Williams three at 6:22 pushed the Brown lead back up to eight points.
Brown went back up by 11, but once again the Bulldogs fought back, pulling with six points with under three minutes to go. The Bears countered with the low-post attack of junior center Rachael MacDonald, who scored five straight points in a 30 second stretch to push the Bear lead back to double figures.
In addition to Pavichevich, Brown scorers in double figures included freshman Nyema Mitchell finished with 12 points and Rachael MacDonald with 13.
Brown is now just one win shy of its 1999-2000 win total, and is 3-0 in league play for the first time since 1996-97.
Brown is next in action on Tuesday night, when the Bears hit the road to face the Stony Brook Seawolves. Game time is set for 7:00.