PITTSBRUGH, Pa. – Brown women’s basketball (0-2) was led by a career-high 27 points from Isabella Mauricio, but the Bears fell to Duquesne (2-0) 77-69 on Friday night (Nov. 11).
Mauricio poured in the most points by Bear since March 7, 2020, hitting a career-high seven threes. Mauricio was also tied for the team lead with four assists.
Kyla Jones reached double-figures for the second time this season, scoring 15 points to go along with four assists and five rebounds. Mackenzie Leahy scored 11 points, going 2-for-3 from three and 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
Gianna Aiello led Brown with 10 rebounds and Mya Murray pulled down seven to go along with three blocked shots.
Leahy led Brown with nine points in the first quarter as Brown was ahead 20-15 after the first ten minutes. The Bears biggest lead of the game came early in the second quarter as Mauricio got going. After going scoreless in the first game of the season, Mauricio hit three-straight threes for Brown, putting the Bears ahead 29-17. Mauricio stopped a run by Duquesne with a floater that put Brown up seven.
Duquesne made it a four-point game with two minutes to go in the half but Brown held the Dukes scoreless the rest of the way. Elizabeth Nelson hit a three with 48 seconds on the clock to put Brown up seven at the half.
Brown’s lead in the first half was a product of taking care of the ball. The Bears committed just three turnovers in the first half, leading to four points from Duquesne.
The Bears maintained a three-point lead for the first few minutes of the third quarter as Mauricio’s three with 6:23 left put Brown up 47-37. Duquesne cut the lead to three but Jones hit a layup to stop the run. Duquesne took the lead a minute later but Jones hit a layup and Mauricio hit a three to put Brown back up four. A last-second three by Duquesne gave Brown a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, Duquesne took the early and pushed its lead to seven with just under four minutes to play. Mauricio responded with back-to-back threes to cut the Dukes’ lead to one but that would be the last basket Brown would score. Duquesne ended the game on a 7-0 run for the final margin.
After just three turnovers in the first half, Brown committed 12 in the second, leading to 14 second-chance points for Duquesne.
Duquesne was led by Tess Myers with 16 points on 5-for-6 shooting from three. Megan McConnell finished the game with a triple-double with 10 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds.
Brown will remain on the road for a matchup against Wagner on Sunday (Nov. 13) at 5:30 p.m.
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