Feb. 2, 2006
Providence, RI -
Coming off its thrilling last second victory over Harvard last Saturday, the Brown women's basketball team returns home to the friendly confines of the Pizzitola Sports Center this weekend, hosting a pair of key Ivy match-ups against Penn on Friday and first place Princeton on Saturday.
Friday's match-up with Penn will be the 57th meeting as Brown holds a slight 29-27 lead in the all-time series. The two split the series last year with each team winning on the road. Senior Sarah Hayes scored a season-high 23 points in the 76-69 win at the Palestra. Jennifer Fleisher's jumper with 22 seconds left followed by a pair of free throws by Monica Naltner with three seconds left, gave the Quakers a 47-43 win at the Pizzitola Center.
Saturday's meeting with Princeton will be the 53rd with the Bears again holding a slim 27-25 lead in the series. Both games of the series went down to the wire last season with each team getting a win on their home court. The two have a history of playing close games as 21 of the 52 meetings have been decided by five points or less, including 15 of the 34 since the 1988-89 season when Jean Marie Burr took over as head coach.
Brown enters the weekend with a 9-8 overall and 3-1 Ivy record. Hayes leads the League with Columbia's Megan Griffith with 15.2 points per game. Her 2.71 steals per game lead the League as well.
Senior Colleen Kelly is eighth in scoring with 13.2 ppg while her 2.2 steals ranks second. Junior Ashley King-Bischof is third in scoring for Brown with 8.1 ppg and second in rebounding with 4.8 per game.
Junior Lena McAfee is averaging 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in Ivy play. The Bears lead the Ivies with 10.9 steals per game as well as in turnover ratio with a +3.88 mark.
Penn comes to Providence with a 3-13 overall record having lost its last two non-conference games to Lafayette and Lasalle. The team picked up its first league win on Jan. 14 against Columbia. The Quakers had dropped their first two Ivy match-ups to Princeton and Cornell. The loss to the Tigers on Jan. 7 was their tenth straight as they had not won a game since their season-opener against Lehigh back on Nov. 18. A 66-38 win over Rider on Jan. 10 finally snapped the losing skid.
Joey Rhoads leads Penn with 13.7 points while Jennifer Fleischer is nearly averaging a double-double with 9.1 points and a league-high 10.0 rebounds. Monica Naltner is also adding 9.1 points per game for the Quakers.
Princeton will play its first game since Jan. 14 on Friday night at Yale before heading to Providence. The Tigers took a 94-80 decision at Cornell in their last outing. The Tigers are in the midst of a seven game win streak dating back to Dec. 28.
Princeton is led by senior Becky Brown and sophomore Meagan Cowher, daughter of Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher. Brown is averaging 15.1 points off 65.6% shooting, which ranks fifth in the country. Cowher closely follows with 14.9 points per game. Following the game on Saturday, Cowher will head to Detriot to watch her father coach the Steelers in Super Bowl XL.