Providence, Rhode Island – brown junior Kyla Jones Despite scoring a career-high 34 points, the Bears were unable to beat the Florida Gulf Coast offense in an 89-75 loss Wednesday night (December 28).
Jones led the Bears in scoring, reaching 30 points for the second time this season and becoming the first Bear to score 30 points in two games in a season since Shayna Mehta in 2018-19. Jones went 14-for-19 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. The Chicago, Illinois native led the Bears with six rebounds.
Isabella Mauricio 2nd on the team with 10 points. Charlotte Jewell 9 added. Jewell led the team with four assists and five rebounds.
As a team, the Browns (7-5) had a season-best 53.7 percent shooting from the floor, five percent ahead of the Florida Gulf Coast (11-2). The Bears also held a 54-28 advantage in the paint. The biggest difference in the game came across arcs. The Florida Gulf Coast entered the game as one of the nation’s top three-pointers on his team, and from the deep he went 16-for-34 (47.1%). The Bears finished the game just 2-for-9 from 3-pointer his range.
Midway through the first quarter, Jones cut the FGCU lead to 10-8 with a layup, but closed the quarter with a 13-2 run, leading 23-10 after the first 10 minutes.
Jones scored 11 points in the second quarter as Brown cut the Eagles’ lead to 9 again and again, but a late run made Brown 50-33 holes at halftime.
Brown started to take the lead with a barnburner in the third quarter. Jewell and Jones layups cut FGCU’s lead to seven midway through his third. The Eagles began to pull away again, but Jones, who scored 13 points in the third quarter, helped Brown win the third quarter, 28-25.
Mauricio scored five points, Jones added another layup to match her career-high, and Brown drew seven times in under four minutes in the final quarter. After hitting the free throw and laying up, Gianna Aiello Mauricio Brown’s free throw cut the lead to six.
The comeback fell short as the Bears won 10-2 in the final 2:40 of the ballgame, and non-conference play ended in defeat.
Brown will begin Ivy League play on Monday, January 2, in a game at Penn.
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