January 19, 2013

Bears Travel to New Haven to Kick Off Ivy League Season

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Brown women's basketball team (6-8) travels to New Haven to kick-off its Ivy League schedule and begin its quest for an Ivy title at 4 p.m. today vs. Yale (5-9). Video, for a fee, will be provided, as well as live stats.

After a two-game skid, the Bears roared back to a 53-51 victory over the visiting NJIT Highlanders on Tuesday afternoon on a last second field goal by sophomore Sophie Bikofky. Junior point guard Lauren Clarke paced the office with 15 points and three assists, while Bikofsky added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Clarke leads Brown in scoring with 13.8 points per game and is averaging 4.2 boards, and senior captain Sheila Dixon is putting in 11.9 ppg with a team high 5.0 rebounds per game.

The Bears boast the second best scoring defense (57.9) and field goal percent defense (.358) in the league, while their opponents, Yale, is allowing the most points (71.9) and has the highest field goal percent defense percentage (.440).

Yale is coming off a 78-65 over Bryant University on Wednesday evening with the help of four double-figure scorers. Amanda Tyson netted a team-high 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, and Sarah Haleijian added 15 points and handed out five assists.

Halejian leads Yale in scoring with 13.4 points per game, while Janna Graf is netting 12.3 points and grabbing 5.0 rebounds per game. Yale has won its last consecutive games.

The teams are meeting for the 75th time tonight, with Brown leading the all-time series 42-32. However, Yale has won four of the five last meetings, but Brown came to New Haven last season and handed Yale a 60-55 loss in the second game of the home-and-home series.