PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Seniors Kathleen Barry and Lauren Dwyer each reached double figures in their final collegiate game, but the Columbia women's basketball team dropped its season finale, 65-55, to Brown on Saturday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Barry also had 10 rebounds, six of which were offensive, for her seventh double-double of the season while Dwyer chipped in with six boards and a blocked shot.
The first half was similar to the prior night's contest against Yale, as the defenses of both teams took control. Brown's Sheila Dixon broke a scoreless deadlock at the 16:53 mark of the first half, and a layup by first-year Brianna Orlich knotted the contest at 6-6 with 13:57 remaining in the opening stanza.
At that point, the Lions found a rhythm offensively and went on a 10-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from Taylor Ward, to take a 16-8 lead midway through the period. Brown turned the tables on Columbia over the next seven minutes, going on a 14-2 spurt of its own to gain a 22-18 advantage with 3:23 left in the half.
Two free throws and a layup from Barry again tied the game at 22, before a three-pointer from Hannah Passafuime with 57 seconds left gave the home team a three-point cushion heading into the locker room.
A three-ball from Orlich on the first possession of the second half once again tied the game, before Brown began asserting itself on the offensive end. The Bears connected on back-to-back trifectas that closed a 12-4 run and gave them a 40-31 edge with 14:07 to go. After a free throw from first-year Courtney Bradford and three straight points from Dwyer dwindled the lead to five, six straight points -- four of which came from Dixon -- bumped Brown's cushion to double digits at 46-35 at the 9:20 mark.
With the deficit still at 11 with 6:43 left, sophomore Tyler Simpson went to work and scored six straight points by herself to cut the Brown lead to 52-47. Passafuime answered with a jumper to re-extend the cushion to seven, before a three-pointer from junior Melissa Shafer made the score 54-50 with 4:05 left.
But the Bears' offensive attack would produce two layups -- one from first-year Lauren Clarke and the other from Lindsay Nickel -- to give Brown an eight-point advantage with 3:00 remaining. The two teams would exchange positive possessions before a three-point play from Barry cut the deficit to 60-55 with 1:19 left. That would be as close as the score would get, however, as Clarke and Passafuime combined to go 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to seal the win.
Simpson was the third Lion to notch double figures for the Lions with 10 points. Clarke and Aileen Daniels led Brown with 15 points apiece, while Passafuime chipped in with 12.
NOTES: Dwyer finished her Columbia career with 1,051 points, good for seventh all-time in school history ... she also tied for third all-time in blocked shots (136), fourth in field-goal attempts (1,070), sixth in field-goals made (416), ninth in rebounds (531), and closed as the program's leader in games played with 112 ... Barry finished sixth all-time at Columbia in career steals with 146, and her total of 55 this season ranks as the 11th-most in a single season ... the Valley Center, Calif. native, who became the program's first Academic All-American earlier in the year, finished her career with 811 points (17th all-time), 440 rebounds (13th) and 49 blocked shots (9th) ... Orlich closed out her first season at Columbia with 259 points, tying her with Jennifer Beubis '91CC for the sixth-most points by a first-year in Columbia history, and the most since Edytte Key had 278 in 2001-02 ... the Lions closed the season at 6-8 in the Ivy League, tied with Brown for fourth place.