Bears Return Home To Close Out Non-Conference Schedule Tonight Against Navy

Jan. 18, 2005

Providence, RI - Complete Games Notes vs. Navy, 1/18/05

Brown returns home from a six-game road swing as it faces Navy for the second time in the program's history tonight at the Pizzitola Center. The Bears defeated the Midshipmen 65-59 last season at Alumni Hall. Brown comes into tonight's game on a two-game win streak, including a 65-38 win over Yale in its Ivy League opener on Saturday. The Bulldog's 38 points were the fewest points allowed by Brown in an Ivy game since 1974. The Bears own the best record in the Ivy League with an 8-5 overall mark.

Junior guard Sarah Hayes has been on a tear, averaging 19.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 steals in the last four games. She has scored 22 points and made five steals in Brown's last two wins. Senior center Holly Robertson has also helped carry the offensive load in the absence of junior guard Colleen Kelly, averaging 18.0 points along with 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in the last four games. Kelly, who is averaging 13.6 ppg, has missed the last three and a half games with an injury.

Overall Brown has three of the top four scorers in the league. Robertson is second in scoring with 16.0 points per game. She leads the Ivies with 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per contest. Hayes has upped her average to 14.0 ppg, which ranks third in the league behind Robertson. Her 3.1 steals per outing rank first in the league. Kelly's 13.6 ppg rank fourth.s

Navy enters tonight's game with 6-9 overall and 2-1 Patriot League marks. Like Brown, the Midshipmen have dropped four of their last six games, including a 65-53 loss at Lehigh on Saturday. Navy defeated American 70-64 just six days after Brown topped the Eagles, 60-50, on Jan. 6. Senior forward Nikki Curtis leads the Mids with 11.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. She scored a career-high 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds in Navy's win over American. In the loss to Lehigh, junior guard Lauren Skrel tallied a career-high 18 points