HANOVER, NH -- Battling foul trouble and inconsistent shooting, the Brown women's basketball team dropped its fifth straight game on Saturday night, falling to the Dartmouth Big Green 68-51. The loss dropped Brown, which started the year 5-0 in the Ivy League, to 5-5 in Ivy play and 10-13 overall, and was Brown's fourth straight loss on the road.
Foul trouble plagued Brown throughout the game, and Dartmouth was able to open up a seven-point halftime lead despite hitting one less field goal than the Bears in the first half. Dartmouth hit 12-of-17 free throws in the first half, as the Bears continued their cold first-half play. The Bears shot 10-of-34 from the floor in the first half, just a 29% clip, as Dartmouth pulled ahead 30-23 at the break.
Dartmouth's consistent perimeter shooting and a solid inside-out game, as well as a tenacious defense limited Brown's offensive game. Junior Rada Pavichevich started a Brown rally in the second with a pair of timely threes, but the Green did not allow Brown to establish any rhythm, at one point holding the Bears to four mintues without a field goal.
Dartmouth put the game away in the closing two minutes, going on a 11-4 run in the final five minutes of the game to take a close game and turn it into the 17-point rout. Once again, Brown got in foul trouble and Dartmouth capitalized, hitting 13-of-17 free throws in the second half to surge ahead by 17. Samantha Berdinka led Dartmouth's second-half charge, scoring all ten of her points in the second half. Keri Downs also provided consistency for the Green, finishing with 12 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, while Katie Skelly also added 19 for Dartmouth.
In addition to Pavichevich's team and game-high 19, senior Kris Wiig, making her first start of the season, scored 8 points. The Bears face Cornell and Columbia next weekend in their final two home games of the 2000-01 season.