San Jose, Calif. - Brittany Johnson and Brea Matthews each had a double-doubles, but four Brown University Bears scored in double figures sending the San Jose State women's basketball team to a 61-47 loss on Saturday in the Event Center.
Johnson, the Western Athletic Conference's leading scorer, hit a game-high 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Matthews' 11 points and 10 rebounds were both career highs. For Johnson, the double-double was her team leading fourth of the year.
Shooting just 25 percent for the game, the Spartans (3-1) found themselves down 23-15 with 2:46 to go before the half. A Myesha Broaden jumper and free throw and a Matthews bucket cut the eight-point lead to 23-20 at the half. Broaden finished the night with 11 rebounds, the fourth time she has reached double figures in rebounds this season.
For Brown (8-4), Hannah Passafuime had 10 points and 15 rebounds. Lindsey Nickel led the Bears with 15 points. Sheila Dixon scored 11 points and Lauren Clark added 10 for Brown which shot 38 percent for the game.
In the second half, the Spartans took a 31-30 lead with 15:16 to play, but a Clark layup two minutes later gave Brown a 36-34 lead that they would not relinquish. Over the next four minutes the Bears outscored San Jose State 13-3 and built a 12-point lead.
The Spartans cut the lead to six, 51-45 with 3:11 to play, but a 10-2 run by Brown to close the game gave the visitors a 14-point victory.The Spartans play their final non-conference games next week in Utah. On Tuesday, January 3, the Spartans visit the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at 7:00 p.m. in Ceder City. Then on Thursday, January 5, San Jose State will be in Orem, Utah to face the Utah Valley Wolverines at 3:00 p.m.