June 10, 2013

Bikofsky to Represent U.S. at Maccabiah Games This Summer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophie Bikofsky, a rising junior on the Brown women's basketball team, has been named to the U.S.A. Basketball Team that will compete at the 19th World Maccabiah Games from July 17-30 in Israel.

Bikofsky earned a spot on the Open Team after a series of tryouts last July and will play alongside teammates representing American University, Bentley University, Lafayette College, Merrimack College, Northwestern University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Pennsylvania and University of Virginia. The U.S. Team will be coached by Jamie Shadian of Northern Arizona University and will be assisted by Lisa Fischman and Jacquelyn Pearl.

The third-largest international sporting event in the world, the Maccabiah Games draws more than 7,000 athletes from 60 countries and features high-level competition in 34 sports. The games are held every four years in Israel as the best Jewish athletes from throughout the world compete in Open, Masters, Juniors, and Disabled competitions.

Bikofsky is coming off an impressive sophomore campaign for the Bears as she ranked third on the team in scoring with 8.8 points per game. She started in 25 of 28 games played, averaging 30.5 minutes on the floor, and pulled down 4.2 rebounds per contest. The sophomore scored double figures 14 times, highlighted by a career-high 21-point performance against Cornell. Bikofsky also ranked third on the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.338) and free throw percentage (.849).