Providence, RI- The Brown women's basketball team (16-10, 7-5 Ivy) will host the University of Pennsylvania (11-14, 7-6) on Friday, March 2, and Princeton University (21-4, 11-0) on Saturday, March 3, in their final games of the 2011-12 season. The Bears will tip-off against both the Quakers and Tigers are 7 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center, and will honor their three seniors – Sthefany Alviar, Aileen Daniels and Hannah Passafuime prior to Saturday's games. Live stats, audio and video will be provided for both games.
After dropping two consecutive league games, the Bears got back on track with a 75-63 victory over Columbia last Saturday evening at Levien Gym. The combo of Daniels and junior Lindsay Nickel proved to be too much for the Lions, as Daniels posted a career-high 25 points and Nickel was near-perfect from the field shooting 6-of-7 for 16 points and added four steals to lead the Bears to victory.
The Bears and Quakers will meet for the 70th time on Friday evening as Brown narrowly leads the all-time series, 35-34 and leads 12-10 when playing in the friendly confines of the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Quakers swept the series during the 2010-11 season, but Brown defeated Penn earlier this season in overtime, 59-55. Passafuime scored seven of Brown's 11 overtime points and finished with a team-high 19 to lead the Bears to their victory at the Palestra. On Feb. 4.
Brown will match-up against first place Princeton for the 67th time as the Tigers lead the all-time series 37-29, including a 20-14 record at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Tigers have won the last 11 games against the Bears dating back to the 2006 season. Earlier this season, Passafuime knocked in a team-high 10 points, while both Sheila Dixon and Nickel added nine points apiece as Princeton defeated Brown 57-45. Brown's 12-point deficit was as close as any Ivy team has come to the Tigers, as the next closest team was Yale, who lost to Princeton by 25.
Dixon leads Brown in scoring (13.0), rebounding (6.2) and in steals (2.2), while Passafuime follows right behind averaging 12.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. The Bears could finish the 2011-12 season with their first winning Ivy League season since capturing an Ivy title in 2005-06 with a 12-1 record.