Brown Women's Hoopsters Come Up Short Against Penn, 77-72

PROVIDENCE, RI -- The Brown women's basketball team saw a strong second-half comeback bid fall just short, as the Penn Quakers walked away from Providence with a 77-72 victory. The loss was Brown's first in Ivy competition and knocked the Bears into second place in the Ivy League.

Brown fell behind by ten points at the break, as the Quakers hit 16-of-17 foul shots in the first half to take a 40-30 lead. However, the Bears went on a 20-9 run to start the second half, pulling back into the lead 50-49 with 11:37 left in the game, with Tara Williams and Stephanie Bruce both hitting treys to bring Brown back.

The teams traded baskets for the next several minutes, with Penn taking another 5-point lead, but Brown went on another strong run to go up by as many as four points with just under three minutes remaining, thanks to the solid low-post tandem of junior Erin-Kate Barton and Nyema Mitchell.

However, Penn's free throw shooting and offensive attack were too much for Brown down the stretch, as the Quakers scored the game's final eight points in the last 1:15 as Brown's lead evaporated from a 72-69 advantage to the 77-72 loss. Brown also spent much of the game battling the free throw line, as Penn was an oustanding 28-of-36 from the line for the game.

For the game, Barton finished with a team-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while pulling down a team-high 6 boards. Freshman Tara Williams added 13 for Brown, and Mitchell picked up ten.

The Bears, now 10-9 overall and 5-1 in Ivy play, return to the hardwood next weekend, when they hit the road to face Columbia and Cornell.