Providence, RI- The Brown University women's basketball team (4-12, 0-2) enters its first full weekend of the Ivy League season and hosts Princeton University at 7 p.m. tonight followed by a 7 p.m. game against the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday. Come support the Bears tonight and help "Blitz the Pitz" and make Williams Court the toughest place to play in the Ivy League. There will be free admission to children under 12 and the first 500 fans will receive a free Brown athletics t-shirt!
The Bears will look to snap a five-game skid tonight when it takes on the Tigers of Princeton University. Sophomore guard Sheila Dixon is leading the Bears' attack averaging 11.1 points per game while bringing down a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game. She ranks seventh overall in the Ivy League in rebounds, and leads the league in defensive boards with 5.4 per game. Junior co-captain Hannah Passafuime is helping out with 10.1 points per game and is Brown's second-leading rebounder with 5.1.
Princeton arrives in Providence riding a four-game winning streak, including 20 straight conference wins which ranks fourth in the nation. The squad boasts a 12-3 record and is 1-0 in the Ivy League, however all three of the Tigers' losses have been away from the friendly confines of Jadwin Gym, falling to Rutgers, Vanderbilt and St. Joseph's on the road. The team's leading scorer and rebounder with 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, Niveen Rasheed, suffered an injury and will be sidelined the rest of the season. The team has since been relying on senior guard Addie Micir, who is Princeton's second-leading scorer with 13.1 points per game, and junior center Devona Allgood's 11.9 points per game.
Brown and Princeton will meet for the 64th time as the Tigers lead the all-time series, 34-29 dating back to 1974. Princeton has won the last nine straight games against the Bears as Brown's last win came on Feb. 4, 2006.
The Penn Quakers had a rough 2009-10 season finishing the year just 2-26. However, the team has made a quick turnaround with the help of freshman Alyssa Baron's 16.1 points per game to help Penn to a 6-9 record including a 0-1 mark in the Ivy League. Also, Penn's Jess Knapp is contributing 8.0 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. Penn's one league loss this season came against Princeton on Jan. 8, 56-45. The Quakers then dropped its next two games against Villanova and Virginia, but rebounded with a 45-40 win against LaSalle. Penn was unable to make it two in a row, as it fell to Temple, 62-55.
Brown will meet the Quakers for the 67th time on Saturday night as Brown leads the all-time series, 34-32. Brown has been victorious in the last two meetings, sweeping Penn for the first time since 2006 last season. The Bears lead 18-11 against Penn when playing at the Pizzitola Sports Center.