Women’s Basketball Hosts Penn & Princeton this Weekend

Providence, RI- The Brown women's basketball team (6-16, 3-5 Ivy) will host the University of Pennsylvania at 7:00 p.m. tonight, and then first-place Princeton University at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday for its WBCA Pink Zone Event.

Penn arrives in Providence tonight with a 1-20 overall record and a 0-7 mark in Ivy League play.  With its win against the Quakers on Jan. 30, Brown regained control of the all-time series and now leads 33-32 and are meeting for the 66th time at the Pizzitola Sports Center this evening.  

The Bears battled the Quakers on Jan. 30 and came out of the Palestra with a 61-47 victory.  Brown took a 24-18 halftime lead and went on to outscore Penn 37-29 in the second to secure the win.  Brown featured three players in double-figure scoring, with sophomore guard Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) leading the way with 21 points.  Penn's Kim Adams scored a team-high 10 points during the loss, while Jesssica Knapp pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

The first-place Princeton Tigers are sporting a 19-2 record and boast a 7-0 Ivy League record.  The Tigers have won 14 consecutive games, as freshman Niveen Rasheed leads the team in scoring and rebounds with 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.   The Bears are meeting the Tigers for the 63rd time since the series began in 1974.  The Tigers hold a slim 33-29 edge in the series and won been victorious in their last eight games. 

On Saturday night, the Bears will host its WBCA Pink Zone event.  Join the Bears for free pink pom-poms, on-court contests to win cool prizes and enter a raffle to win an iPod at halftime!! 

The WBCA Pink Zone® initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006. Last year the program raised more than $1.3 million, reached over 912,000 fans, unified more than 1,600 participating teams and organizations, and saw 56 plus schools break attendance records at their event.