Women's Basketball Concludes Home Slate Against Penn and Princeton
Brown (8-16, 2-8 Ivy) vs. Penn (17-6, 7-2 Ivy)
Friday, Feb. 28 – 7:00 PM
Pizzitola Sports Center
Live Stream: BrownBears.TV
Brown (8-16, 2-8 Ivy) vs. Princeton (17-6, 8-1 Ivy) – Senior Night
Saturday, Mar. 1 – 6:00 PM
Pizzitola Sports Center
Live Stream: BrownBears.TV
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's basketball team concludes its 2013-14 home schedule with games against top Ivy League teams, Penn and Princeton, this weekend at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
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LAST TIME OUT
Ellise Sharpe and Natalie Ball combined to give the Bears 21 points off the bench on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Brown women's basketball team (8-16, 2-8 Ivy) fell to Cornell (13-11, 5-5 Ivy) 78-53 on Saturday at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Ball and Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) both finished with 11 points while KJ Veldman (Spirit Lake, Iowa) hauled in a career-high eight rebounds and dished out a team-high five assists for the Bears.
The Bears were plagued by the slow start once again as Cornell jumped out to a 17-4 lead on the strength of two treys from Shelby Lyman. In the last meeting between the two schools on Jan. 31, Lyman connected on 5-of-6 treys and led the Big Red with 24 points in a 80-70 Cornell win at Newman Arena.
CLARKE RECOGNIZED FOR CAREER TREYS
With 194 career three-pointers, Lauren Clarke tops the Brown record book in that category, surpassing assistant coach Colleen Kelly's previous record of 170 on January 3. Clarke's feat was recognized for the feat on Feb. 7 versus Harvard.
LETHAL FROM DOWNTOWN
Bikofsky ranks second the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.497) behind Tricia Liston of Duke and ranks seventh in three-point field goals per game (3.17). As a team, the Bears rank 11th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 37.9-percent of their attempts from behind the arc.
SOLID FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
The Bears boast a strong free throw percentage this season, recording a 72.7-percent success rate, good for first in the Ivy League.
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 1,243 career points leave her five shy of Nyema Mitchell for eighth on the all-time scoring list. Her 16.0 points per game ranks second overall in the Ivy League this season.
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.
BEUTEL CHIPPING IN
Senior Sophie Beutel tallied a career high 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field against Columbia on Feb. 1 and leads the Bears with a .611 shooting percentage from the field this season.
JUKER POSTS CAREER HIGH
Co-captain Jordin Juker tallied a career-high 10 points against Harvard on Feb. 7, the most points she has recorded since netting eight versus Bryant on Nov. 28, 2012.
ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT & WBCA RECOGNITION
Clarke was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team in an announcement made by CoSIDA on January 30. As a First Team honoree, she is eligible for Capital One Academic All-American consideration with First Team selections from the other seven districts. Clarke was also selected for the 2014 class of the WBCA "So You Want To Be A Coach" program, a workshop to be held in Nashville from April 4-6.
Saturday will denote the 74th meeting between the schools with the Quakers holding a slight 38-35 advantage while claiming six of the last seven contests overall.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Senior guard Alyssa Baron leads Penn with 15.2 points per game while freshman center Sydney Stipanovich has paced a stout Quakers defense that has yielded only a 34.2-percent field goal percentage to opponents this season. Stipanovich has dominated the paint for Penn this season, averaging 3.87 blocks per game, good for third overall in the nation while chipping in with 11.5 points per game. Baron's 22 points in the first meeting between the teams on Feb. 15 paced the Quakers to a 78-51 win at the Palestra. Baron shot 6-of-7 from the field, including a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc against the Bears in the last meeting.
The Tigers and Bears will meet for the 69th time on Saturday with Princeton holding a 39-29 advantage in the series. The Tigers have claimed recent success in the series, as they currently ride a 16-game winning streak over Brown dating back to 2006.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The Tigers enter the weekend averaging 75.4 points per game and a 48.1-percent field goal percentage, good for seventh overall in the nation. Princeton moved into sole possession of first place in the Ivy League after victories over Dartmouth and Harvard last weekend. Wellesley, Mass. native, Blake Dietrick, netted 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting in an 81-70 win over Brown on Feb. 14. Kristen Helmstetter, Michelle Miller, and Alex Wheatley have also averaged double-figures in scoring for the Tigers this season alongside of Dietrick's team-leading 15.2 points per game.
Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on BrownBears.TV. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages.
Brown concludes the 2013-14 season with road tilts at Dartmouth next Friday and Harvard next Saturday.