February 7, 2013

Blizzard Bounceback? With Storm Looming, Bears Get Ready For Princeton, Penn

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With a blizzard looming in the Providence forecast this weekend, Brown women's basketball will look to bounce back to .500 in Ivy League play as it prepares for first-place Princeton Friday and fourth-place Penn Sunday.  Both games will be at noon ET in the Pizzitola Sports Center.  Video (for a fee), live stats and radio will be available on brownbears.com.

Princeton (12-5, 3-0 Ivy) enters Friday's game on a five-game winning streak and has averaged a 26.4 point margin of victory in those five wins.  Penn (9-8, 2-1 Ivy) has won two straight – both were league wins at Columbia and Cornell last weekend.

Last Time Out

The Bears (7-11, 1-3 Ivy) fell in a back-and-forth battle to Dartmouth on Feb. 1.  Brown trailed by as many as 11 in the first half after a slow start but clawed back in the second stanza to lead by as many as seven with 11:32 left.  Dartmouth's defense held tough down the stretch, though, keeping Brown to just five points in the final 11:32 to ultimately claim the win, 49-41.

The opposite held true in Brown's Feb. 2 game against Harvard.  It was the Bears who stormed ahead to an 11-point lead in the early going before the Crimson nudged its way back.  A quick three from Harvard in its first possession of the second half erased the two-point halftime deficit and the Crimson never relinquished it the rest of the way.

Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) was the clear offensive highlight for the Bears in both contests, leading all scorers with 20 points in both games.  She leads the Ivy League with an average of 2.3 three pointers made per game and is third in scoring with a 14.6 point-per-game average.

Season Series vs. Princeton/Penn

Brown trails Princeton in the all-time series, 29-38 and is even with Penn at 35-35.

Who To Watch For

It's hard to look at the Ivy League leaders and not make note of Princeton senior guard Niveen Rasheed.  She is second in the Ivy League in scoring with 16.6 points per game and in rebounding with a 9.1 per game average.  She is also among the top performers in field goal percentage, assists per game, free-throw percentage and steals.

Penn junior guard Alyssa Baron also fills up the stat sheet on a regular basis.  She is fourth in Ivy League scoring, fifth in rebounding and second in assists per game with 14.3, 6.1 and 3.6 averages, respectively.