June 11, 2012

Bears Receive Honors at Team Banquet

Providence, R.I. - The Brown women's basketball team celebrated the 2011-12 season by honoring seven student-athletes at the team's end of the year banquet held at the Faculty Club on campus.

The Bears, who earned 16 wins this season, named Aileen Daniels '12 (Waldwick, NJ) the team's Most Valuable Player. Daniels, a recipient of the Athletic Department's Arlene Gorton Cup, anchored the paint for the women's hoops team and started in all 28 games for the team. She was a two-year team captain, and was named MVP of the Dead River Company Classic hosted at Maine. She also earned the team's Most Improved Award after her freshman season.

Sheila Dixon '13 (Schenectady, NY), a two-time second team All-Ivy selection and Rhode Island Women's Player of the Year, led Brown in scoring and rebounding with 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game to earn the team's Most Valuable Defender award. Dixon started in all 28 games and posted three double-doubles in games against Fairfield (18 pts, 11 reb), Holy Cross (19 pts, 10 reb) and Penn (12 pts, 10 reb), and scored in double figures in 19 of 28 games. Dixon earned MVP honors at the Brown Basketball Classic as she led the Bears to victories over Rhode Island and Providence College. Dixon was also a Derek Canfield Barker Prize winner, which recognizes students at Brown who have shown qualities of leadership, who have triumphed over adversity and who have worked to bring the Brown community together through community service.

Two-year team captain Hannah Passafuime '12 (Soquel, CA) earned the Harriet Sheridan Leadership Award for the second consecutive season, which is given to the teammate recognized as having an impact on the overall unity of the team. A CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District selection and Academic All-Ivy honoree, Passafuime earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy accolades for the second time in her career. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Dead River Company Classic and was second on the team in scoring with 12.2 points and third in rebounding with 4.7 per game.

The Sixth Player Award was handed out to Sophie Beutel '14 (Toronto, ON), who competed in 23 games and averaged 11.7 minutes on the floor. She shot 41 percent from the field and was a spark off the bench when the Bears needed one. Last season, Beutel was a recipient of the Most Improved Player Award.

Awarded to the teammate who gave the extra 10 percent physically and mentally, Jordin Juker '14 (Toronto, ON) earned the team's Hustle Award this season. Juker, consistently one of the hardest working players on the team, exceeded in any role the Brown coaching staff asked of her and made the Bears a better team. She was an immediate spark off the bench, and could be counted on to grab a big rebound or shut down an opponent.

Sophie Bikofsky '15 (Newton, MA) received the team's Most Improved Player award for showing the most improvement through her dedication to practice and determination to achieve a new level of play. A 1,000-point scorer from Newton South High School, Bikofsky competed in 18 games as a rookie and averaged 10 minutes on the floor. The 5-foot-11 guard shot 80 percent from the free throw line and went 38 percent from the floor.

Lauren Clarke '14 (Colts Neck, NJ) earned the team's newest award, the Coaches Award, for being the player that best demonstrates throughout the season the true pride and spirit of the team's mission. Given for hard work, personal improvement and willingness to understand, Clarke started in all 28 games and averaged 34 minutes on the floor. She averaged 9.0 points per game and brought down 3.5 rebounds per game, and handed out a team high 77 assists, which ranked sixth in the Ivy League.