Providence, RI- Head women's basketball coach Jean Marie Burr has announced that senior veterans, Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY), Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) and Caroline King (Valencia, PA) have been named team captains for the 2012-13 season.
They have a positive approach as they face challenges, they are respected leaders, and have a clear vision that encompasses bringing their best everyday," said Burr of her captains. "They set the bar high for themselves and therefore for the players in our program. We look at them as a triple-threat to all the demands that our student-athletes have at Brown. The results of their efforts push the bar even higher. They are the epitome of strong Division 1 students, athletes and players that are not afraid to bring it everyday on & off the court."
Dixon, the 2012 Cox Sports Rhode Island Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Year and a second team All-Ivy selection, led the Bears in scoring and rebounding last season with 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Starting in all 28 games, Dixon scored in double figures in 19 of 28 games and recorded three double-doubles and earned the Bears' Defensive Spark Award.
"In her time at Brown, Sheila has brought an intensity to the court that has led our program to some major upsets," said Burr. "Every summer she has had the drive and determination to be a better player. Her skills, athleticism and passion separate her and make her a special talent. She combines this passion with a consistent intensity for team play and defense. Her desire to be the best is infectious."
Nickel started in all 28 games last season and was Brown's third-leading scorer and rebounder with 9.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She shot 44 percent from the field and was 40 percent from beyond the arc, and scored in double figures in 13 games for the Bears. Nickel pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds and led the team in scoring three times. She was also an All-Tournament Team selection at the Brown Basketball Classic. A Royce Fellowship recipient, Nickel used basketball to teach a life-skills curriculum to adolescents in Capetown, South Africa, this past summer.
"Lindsey has an explosive long range attack as a basketball player," said Burr. "Her passion for the game was nurtured at Pinewood High School, and she has brought that passion to our basketball program at Brown. She is driven to succeed and has a work ethic that sets a standard for our players. We are anxious to work with a leader with so much experience, as she continues to push our program toward the demands of capturing our seventh Ivy League Championship."
King, a 2011 recipient of Brown University's Bessie H. Rudd award, King competed in just 11 games last season due to injury. During the 2010-11 season, King saw action in 23 games and received the team's Hustle Award. She pulled down a career-high nine rebounds in a victory over Dartmouth, and shot 33 percent from the floor. She frequently volunteers at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, and is involved in BrowNation, Make-A-Wish, and the Special Olympics.
"Caroline pours herself into in every area of her training. Her leadership clearly has the energy to demonstrate how to balance academics, athletics and campus leadership positions," said Burr. "She has a high standard for our team's goals and has shown her drive thru many challenges. Caroline has shown a courage to compete at a high level of performance and push her teammates to succeed on and off the court. We are looking forward to her competitive spirit every day as her efforts are a force that drives our program to the top of the Ivy League."