Women's Basketball Returns Home to Battle New Hampshire and Vermont

Game Notes

 

Brown (5-6, 0-0 Ivy) vs. New Hampshire (4-7, 0-0 America East)

Friday, Jan. 3 – 7 p.m.

Providence, R.I.

Pizzitola Sports Center

Live Stream: BrownBears.TV

 

Brown (5-6, 0-0 Ivy) vs. Vermont (4-8, 0-0 America East)

Monday, Jan. 6 – 11:30 a.m. – What I Want To Be Day

Providence, R.I.

Pizzitola Sports Center

Live Stream: BrownBears.TV

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After dropping both games in the Georgia Tech Holiday Invitational last weekend, the Brown women's basketball team looks to reach the .500 mark on Friday against New Hampshire.

 

The Bears will also play host to the Vermont Catamounts on Monday for a special 11:30 a.m. tipoff on the annual "What I Want To Be Day".  Brown will host approximately 500 students from the Paul Cuffee School, Martin Luther King, Jr. School, and Community Preparatory School in Providence.

 

Fans can follow along on twitter @BrownHoops for live, in-game updates.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Lauren Clarke's buzzer-beater sent the game to overtime, but it wasn't enough as Brown suffered an 82-81 loss to Alabama State on Monday at McCamish Pavilion.

 

Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.), Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.), Jordin Alexander (Fishers, Ind.), and Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.) all scored in double figures for Brown on Monday.  Wellington's 16 points were a career-high while Alexander shot 70.6 percent from the field (12-of-17) over the two games at Georgia Tech.

 

Musgrove added seven assists for the Bears - tying her season-high in helpers.  The freshman guard also notched seven assists against Rhode Island on December 4.

 

Clarke tossed in 17 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds while connecting on 4-of-7 attempts from long distance.

 
 

LETHAL FROM DOWNTOWN

Bikofsky tops the nation with 3.9 treys per game and three-point field goal percentage (.549).  The Bears as a team rank eighth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 40.4 percent of their attempts from behind the arc.

HELPING OUT

Freshman guard, Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.), recorded a team-high seven assists against Alabama State on Monday, marking the second time she accomplished the feat this season.

 
 

1,000 POINT MILESTONE

Clarke finished with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, six treys, and six rebounds, as she became the 17th player in team history to record 1,000 points on December 8.  Clarke's 1,045 career points vaults her over Trish Wertz '82 and Shonica Tunstall '92 for 15th on the all-time scoring list.

 

THE 90-POINT PLATEAU

The Bears reached the 90-point mark on November 30 against UMBC for the first time since scoring 96 versus Westfield State on December 14, 1982.

 

CAREER-HIGH FOR BIKOFSKY

With 28 points on December 4 versus URI, Bikofsky eclipsed her previous high of 23 points set on Nov. 16 at Saint Peter's.  The junior guard has scored in double figures in nine of 11 games this season, including three games of 20+ points scored.

 

VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE

Friday marks the 20th meeting between the Bears and Wildcats, with New Hampshire holding an 11-8 edge in the all-time series. Brown defeated UNH 50-43 at the Brown Classic in the most recent meeting between the schools on December 2, 2012.

 

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS

New Hampshire enters Friday's contest on a three-game losing streak, including a 69-58 setback to Boston University in its most recent outing on December 22.

 

Junior center Corinne Coia (12.1 ppg) and senior guard Kelsey Hogan (10.4 ppg) lead the Wildcats' offensive attack.  Junior Kaylee Kilpatrick and sophomore Elizabeth Belanger have had success on the glass this season, pulling down 6.9 and 6.8 rebounds per game respectively.

 

A stingy UNH defense has held opponents to 54.5 points per game this season, good for 10th overall in the nation. Kirkpatrick ranks first the America East with 1.82 blocks per game.

 

VS. VERMONT

The Catamounts claim a 4-1 edge in the all-time series between the two schools.  Brown's lone victory came on December 7, 2011 – a 61-57 triumph led by Aileen Daniels' 18 points.

 

SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS

Vermont boasts four players averaging double figures in scoring – Niki Taylor (11.8 ppg), Kylie Butler (10.4 ppg), Kristina White (10.2 ppg), and Kayla Burchill (10.1 ppg) lead the way for the Catamounts.

 

Taylor has found success at the free throw line this season, ranking 31st in the nation with an 87.8 percent success rate from the charity stripe.

 

Vermont is currently riding a three-game losing streak, dropping decisions to Lehigh, Youngstown State, and Boston University entering its game at Cornell on Thursday. 

 

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UP NEXT

Brown will hit the road for its final non-conference contest of the season, a battle with the Highlanders of NJIT on Saturday, January 11.