January 30, 2014

Women's Basketball Hits the Road to Battle Cornell and Columbia

Game Notes

 

Brown (6-10, 0-2 Ivy) vs. Cornell (9-7, 1-1 Ivy)

Friday, Jan. 31 – 7:00 PM

Ithaca, N.Y.

Newman Arena

Live Stream: Ivy League Digital Network

 

Brown (6-10, 0-2 Ivy) vs. Columbia (4-12, 1-1 Ivy)

Saturday, Feb. 1 – 7:00 PM

New York, N.Y.

Francis S. Levien Gymnasium

Live Stream: Ivy League Digital Network

 
 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite beginning league play at 0-2, the Brown women's basketball team can reach the .500 mark in Ivy play this weekend as they continue its three-game road trip with visits to Cornell and Columbia.  The Big Red holds a 5-3 home record, including an impressive 76-51 win over Columbia last Saturday while Columbia enters at 1-1 in league prior to its game versus Yale on Friday.

 

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LAST TIME OUT

The Yale Bulldogs got 28 points combined from Sarah Halejian and Lena Munzer en route to a 73-52 win over Brown on Friday at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.  The Bulldogs shot a season best 51.7-percent from the field to improve to 8-8, 2-0 in Ivy League play while Brown drops to 6-10, 0-2 Ivy.

 

Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) led the way for the Bears with 15 points on 3-of-4 shooting from long distance while Jordin Alexander (12 points) tallied her sixth consecutive game in double figures.

 

Brown freshman Emily Dinger (Sunnyvale, Calif.) recorded an assist and a rebound in five minutes of play on Friday night.

 

Led by freshman Rebecca Musgrove's (Plainview, N.Y.) four points in the early minutes, the Bears staked themselves to an early 16-12 lead with just over eight minutes into the game.  Musgrove finished the contest with 11 points and two steals.  After shooting 1-for-12 from behind the arc against Yale last Friday, the Bears found their range, connecting on 3-of-6 attempts from long distance in the first half.

 

BALL SECURITY

Brown and Penn top the Ivy League with a league-low 14.7 turnovers per game.

 

CLARKE FROM LONG DISTANCE

With 178 career three-pointers, Lauren Clarke now tops the Brown record book in that category, surpassing assistant coach Colleen Kelly's previous record of 170.

 

THE NUMBER 28

Clarke recorded a career-high 28 points in the January 3rd, 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 14-of-16 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 12-of-16 games this season.

 

LETHAL FROM DOWNTOWN

Bikofsky ranks third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.505) and ranks seventh in three-point field goals per game (3.25).  The Bears, as a team, rank 13th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 38.7-percent of their attempts from behind the arc.

SUCCESS FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE

Alexander ranks second in the Ivy League in free throw percentage (.827), trailing Cornell's Allyson DiMagno (.845).  Brown checks in at 72-percent overall as a team, good for second in the Ivy League behind Harvard (.726). 

 

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 1,122 career points vault her into 11th on the all-time scoring list while her 16.4 points per game this season ranks second in the Ivy League.

 

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.

 

ALEXANDER ROLLING

Alexander has reached double figures in six consecutive games for the Bears, shooting a gaudy 25-of-42 (.595) from the field and a perfect 16-of-16 from the line in that span.

 

VS. CORNELL

Friday marks the 69th all-time meeting between the two schools with Brown holding a 47-21 edge in the series.  The Bears have claimed six of the previous eight matchups in the series dating back to 2010, but have dropped the last two contests held at Newman Arena.  Brown's defense has shined in the previous eight meetings as they have held the Big Red to an average of 53.8 points per game in that stretch.

 

SCOUTING THE BIG RED

The Bears will go up against a sound, fundamental Cornell squad as they rank 18th in the nation in the fewest fouls per game (15.8) and first in the Ivy League in both steals per game (10.1) and turnover margin (3.06).  Brown will look to contain Cornell's Allyson DiMagno (13.8 ppg) and Nia Marshall (12.6 ppg) as the duo has combined for 41.5-percent of the Big Red's scoring this season.

 

VS. COLUMBIA

Saturday will denote the 55th meeting all-time between the Bears and Lions.  Brown holds a 37-17 edge, but Columbia boasts recent success, claiming nine of the previous 12 meetings between the schools.  The Bears rode a 19-game winning streak against Columbia from 1990-99 and a seven-game winning streak from 2004-07.

 

SCOUTING THE LIONS

Despite Carolyn Binder's 10.3 points per game this season, the Lions have struggled from the field overall, shooting 35.6-percent while their opponents have connected on 44.2-percent of their attempts.  Senior guard, Taylor Ward, has proven to be Columbia's playmaker this season as she averages 3.5 assists per game – ranking third in the Ivy League.

 

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UP NEXT

The Bears return home next weekend to play host to Ivy League leader, Harvard, on Friday before entertaining Dartmouth on Saturday.