January 27, 2005

Bears Look To Remain Perfect In Ivy Play

Jan. 27, 2005

Providence, RI - Complete Games Notes vs. Princeton/Penn, 1/28/05, 1/29/05

The Brown women's basketball team will look to continue its hot streak as it hosts Princeton and Penn this Friday and Saturday respectively at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Both games are slated to begin at 7 p.m. and fans can follow the action via Gametracker at the following link http://brownbears.collegesports.com/sports/w-baskbl/sched/brow-w-baskbl-sched.html . In addition, fans can listen in live on Saturday for the Bears showdown against defending Ivy Champion Penn at http://broadcastmonsters.com/Brown/brown012905-2.asx.

Brown recorded its seventh straight victory over Yale last Saturday as it improved to 2-0 in league play. The Bears scored a season-high 72 points, including 40 in the first half, as it cruised to a 16-point victory, 72-56, at the Pizzitola Center. Brown turned the ball over just 11 times while forcing 26, including a season-high 18 steals. A week earlier the Bears came away with a dominating 65-38 win over the Bulldogs in their Ivy League opener in New Haven. 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 a 10-5 overall mark and are on a four-game win streak, including a 64-54 non-conference win over Navy on 1/18. The Bears are 5-1 at home this season, not losing a home match since their season-opener back on Nov. 19.

Junior guard Sarah Hayes is averaging 18.5 points and 4.0 steals in the last four games. She scored 22 points and made five steals in Brown's first meeting with Yale. She is second in scoring for the Bears with 14.1 ppg and leads the league with 3.1 steals per contest on the season. Senior center Holly Robertson continues to lead Brown with 15.5 points per game, second in the league. Her 9.2 rebounds per game lead the league while her 2.1 blocks rank second. She pulled down 14 rebounds against Navy and held Yale leading scorer Erica Davis to just 10 points combined in the two-game series. Junior guard Colleen Kelly, who missed three games with an injury, returned to the line-up against Navy. Kelly is third for Brown and sixth in the league with 12.7 ppg. Sophomore guard Lena McAfee scored a career-high 15 points on 6-10 shooting against the Midshipmen back on 1/18.

Last season Brown defeated both Princeton and Penn at home while losing both road matches. The Bears held the Tigers to just 39 points at the Pitz in their 20-point win back on 2/21/04. Brown handed Penn its first league loss of the season with an 85-75 win the night before.

This season Princeton is 8-5 overall while tomorrow 's game will be its first Ivy action of the season. The Tigers have been red-hot as of late, currently riding a six-game win streak. The team has not lost since Dec. 14, picking up wins over New Orleans, Mount St. Mary's, Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Peter's, Army and Lafayette along the way. Princeton is 2-1 against Brown's common opponents this year.

The Tigers are led by freshman guard Meagan Cowher's 12.9 ppg while junior forward Becky Brown closely follows with 12.6 ppg. Brown is pulling down a team-high 5.7 rebounds as well while Cowher has been adding 5.4. Sophomore forward Katy Digovich is nearly averaging double-digits with 9.7 ppg.

Sophomore guard Casey Lockwood recently returned to Princeton's line-up after missing the first 12 games of the season due to an injury suffered late last season. She was the Tiger's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer as a rookie, averaging 10.8 points and 7.9 boards.

Penn is currently 7-6 on the year and will open up its Ivy season on Friday at Yale before heading to Providence. The Quakers are another hot team in the Ivy League as they have won their last four. Penn is shooting a higher percentage from behind the arc then they are overall from the field. The team's 41.9% shooting from three point land is fifth in the nation. Karen Habrukowich leds the Quakers with 10.8 ppg while Jennifer Fleischer is nearly averaging a double-double with 9.9 points and 9.1 rebounds.