Women's Basketball Battles NJIT on Saturday (2 PM)

Game Notes

 

Brown (6-7, 0-0 Ivy) vs. NJIT (4-15, Independent)

Saturday, Jan. 11 – 2:00 PM

Newark, N.J.

Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center

Live Stream: Highlanders All-Access

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After snapping a three-game losing streak with a 61-51 win over Vermont on Monday, the Brown women's basketball team concludes its non-conference schedule with a road tilt at NJIT on Saturday afternoon.

 

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LAST TIME OUT

Led by Lauren Clarke's 17 points, the Brown women's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak on Monday with a 61-51 win over Vermont.  The game tipped off at 11:30 a.m. Monday as part of "What I Want To Be Day".  Over 500 students from local schools filled the Pizzitola Sports Center to cheer on the Bears.

 

Free throws proved to be vital for Brown, as they converted on 20-of-27 attempts from the line and 14-of-19 in the second half.

 

Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) added three treys and grabbed a team-high six rebounds while Jordin Alexander (Fishers, Ind.)  tallied her fourth consecutive double figure game.

 

Bikofsky, Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ont.), and Natalie Ball (Orlando, Fla.) each blocked two shots as the Bears recorded a season-high seven blocks total.

 

THE NUMBER 28

Clarke recorded a career-high 28 points in Friday's 77-74 overtime loss to New Hampshire, eclipsing her previous high of 27 set on November 20 at Bryant.  The senior co-captain has scored in double figures in 12-of-13 games this season. 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 11-of-13 games this season.

 

LETHAL FROM DOWNTOWN

Bikofsky tops the nation with 3.67 treys per game and three-point field goal percentage (.530).  The Bears as a team rank fifth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 40.8 percent of their attempts from behind the arc.

BALL SECURITY

Freshman guard, Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.), ranks second overall in the Ivy League in assist turnover ratio (1.77) and six in the league in steals per game 1.92. 

 

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 1,090 career points vault her into 11th 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.

 

OUTSCORING THE OPPONENTS

Despite a 6-7 record to date, the Bears have outscored their opponents by an 871-834 margin.

 

A GOOD RUN FOR ALEXANDER

Alexander has reached double figures in four consecutive games for the Bears, shooting a gaudy 18-of-27 (.667) from the field during that span.

 

VS. NJIT

Saturday marks the fourth meeting all-time between the two schools with the Highlanders holding a 2-1 edge.  The Bears broke through last season with a 53-51 win at the Pizzitola Sports Center on January 15, 2013.  Brown is 0-1 all-time at the Estelle Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center, dropping a 70-66 decision on November 13, 2011.

 

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS

NJIT enters Saturday' contest riding a three-game losing streak, including a 75-72 overtime loss to Delaware State on Tuesday.

 

The Highlanders boast a top-50 ranking in blocked shots per game, led by six foot forward, Uju Nwankwo (29) and 5-foot-11 forward Martina Matejcikova (20).  Shakia Robinson tops head coach Steve Lanpher's squad in scoring with 11.3 points per game and 61.6-percent shooting from the field.

 

Second halves have plagued the Highlanders this season, as they have recorded a -105 point differential in the final 20 minutes of games this year.

 

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UP NEXT

Brown will begin it's Ivy League slate next Friday as they play host to Yale in the front end of a home-and-home set between the schools.