PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown raced out to a 21-6 start, and Yale found itself playing from behind for the rest of the game, clawing its way back to make the game come down to the final play, but ultimately losing 76-73. Brown moves to 11-5 (2-1 Ivy), while Yale falls to 9-7 (0-3 Ivy).
Brown scored the first 5 points of the game and took a 21-10 lead into the second quarter. Shayna Mehta led the way, scoring 8 of her team-high 20 points in the quarter. Brown shot 61.5% from the field as a team in the quarter, compared to 22.2% for Yale.
Brown held its largest lead of the game (18) at 35-17 in the second quarter before Lena Munzer scored 7 consecutive points to cut the gap to 35-24.
The Bears took a 46-31 lead into halftime, but Yale scored 16 points in the first 3:39 of the 3rd quarter to pull within 6 at 53-47. Brown regained the momentum by hitting two open 3-pointers and scoring in transition to take a 65-54 lead into the fourth quarter.
Brown's lead grew to 69-54 before Yale went on a 13-0 run, punctuated by Mary Ann Santucci's 3-pointer, to pull within 2 with 4:41 to play.
Trailing 76-71 with under two minutes remaining, Tamara Simpson stole a pass and drove to the hoop to bring the Bulldogs within 3. After a pair of defensive stops, Munzer had one last shot to tie the game, but her 3-pointer bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded, and Brown escaped with the win.
In addition to 20 points from Shayna Mehta, three other Bears scored in double figures, including Justine Gaziano with 17 points and Erika Steeves with a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds).
Yale's Lena Munzer led all scorers with 22 points, and Mary Ann Santucci tied a career high with 13 points, shooting 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Tamara Simpson added to her Ivy League lead in steals with 7 in the game, while Jen Berkowitz also had a strong showing with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
Joel E. Smilow '54 head coach Allison Guth said after the game, "I'm proud of [Mary Ann Santucci] and the way she led our team tonight, and I think Lena played with a lot of heart…I'm obviously proud of [the team's] second-half gumption," after cutting an 18-point deficit down to 2. But following the Bears' strong first quarter, she stressed that the Bulldogs will have to "play for 40 minutes" to beat Brown the next time around.
She added, "I'd like to give Brown a lot of credit. I think they're a fantastic ball club, and I have a lot of respect for what [head coach Sarah Behn] is doing with the program. I think they're a tremendous team."
Yale does not have to wait long for a shot at revenge against Brown. The Bulldogs play the Bears in their next game, at home next Friday, Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m. at John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity