Jan. 4, 2004
PROVIDENCE, RI (January 4, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team lost it's third-straight game Sunday evening, falling 75-62 to Brown University in Providence, RI. Brown's senior duo of Tanara Golston and Nyema Mitchell led four Bears in double figures scoring 20 and 18 respectively en route to the win.
Sacred Heart controlled much of play early on, building as much as a nine point lead, 18-9, eight minutes in. Brown showed quickly they weren't about to run away and hide, using a 13-4 run to tie the game up at 22-22 with 8:37 to play. The two teams traded buckets over the next four minutes and with the score tied at 29-29, SHU's Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) knocked down a free throw to give the Pioneers what proved to be their final lead of the game.
Coming out of the media timeout, Golston nailed a jumper to ignite an 11-3 run over the last 4:16 of the half to give the Bears a 40-32 lead at the break. Despite shooting 50.0% (12-24) in the first half, Sacred Heart, playing in their first contest in two weeks, turned the ball over 14 times leading to 11 Brown points.
The second half proved more of the same for the Pioneers, as they struggled mightily from the floor missing their first seven shots. Five points at the free throw line was all SHU could muster offensively until a Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) three-pointer at 11:53 snapped the shooting drought. Sacred Heart's offensive woes gave Brown the only opportunity it would need to put the game away, rattling off a 16-5 run over the stretch to open a 19-point lead.
Golston did most of their damage in the second half, scoring 11 of her game-high 20 in the period. The point guard also handed out seven assists in the win. Mitchell, who has been a dominating force in four meetings with the Pioneers, finished with five rebounds, two assists and a steal to go with her 18 points. In her four games against SHU, Mitchell has scored a total of 74 points (18.2 ppg).
Also in double digits for the Bears, now 5-6 on the year, were Sarah Hayes and Holly Robertson who scored 11 points a piece in the win. Robertson just missed a double double collecting nine rebounds. As a team, Brown shot 48.4% (31-64) from the field and dominated inside, outscoring Sacred Heart 42-26 in the paint.
Pape and Rubino led the Pioneers, each managing to find double figures in the losing effort. Pape finished with 16 points and six rebounds while Rubino had 13 with five boards in the loss. Junior Colleen White (Richboro, PA) finished with a career-high nine points while senior Kate Maher (Waterford, Ireland) grabbed six rebounds.
SHU turned the ball over a season-high 29 times, which Brown converted into 23 points. As much as they struggled from the field in the second half, seven-of-21 (33.3%), the Pioneers also had their difficulties at the free throw line. Despite a season-high 32 trips to the line, SHU hit just 20 attempts, shooting an uncharacteristically low 62.5%.
The Pioneers will look to snap it's three-game slide, their first since the 2001-02 season, when they return home to host Monmouth University in Northeast Conference action Thursday night at 7 pm.