February 3, 2005

Bears Continue Home Stint This Weekend With Cornell And Columbia Coming To Town

Feb. 3, 2005

Providence, RI -

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The Brown women's basketball team continues its home stint this weekend as it hosts Cornell and Columbia at the Pizzitola Center. The Bears will take on the Big Red on Friday at 7 p.m. before facing the Lions on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Brown went 1-1 last weekend in two games that went down to the wire. Senior Andrea Conrad's free throw with two seconds left gave the Bears a 63-62 win over Princeton on Friday night. It was the team's fifth straight victory as they improved to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in the Ivy League. Saturday game against Penn was decided in the final seconds as well with the Quakers coming out on top 47-43. Penn scored what proved to be the game-winning field goal with 22 seconds on the clock. The top rebounding team in the league, Brown was out-done by the defending Ivy champs, 40-33, in addition to shooting just 29%.

Junior guard Colleen Kelly scored a game-high 21 points on 6-10 shooting off the bench in the win over the Tigers. She knocked down 5 of 7 three's as Brown hit for a season-high eight on the night. Junior guard Sarah Hayes added 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. On Saturday, senior center Holly Robertson lead the Bears with 15 points while Hayes added 10.

Robertson leads the team and is second in the league with 14.7 ppg. Hayes is second for Brown and fourth in the Ivies with 13.9 ppg. Kelly rounds out the Bears top three scorers with 12.5 per game, seventh in the league. Hayes leads the league with 3.2 steals per game. Overall, Brown has four players in the top ten in steals this season as it leads the Ancient Eight in that catagory. The

Last season, the Bears split with Columbia while sweeping the Big Red of Cornell. The Lions came away with a two-point victory, 68-66, in New York while Brown got revenge in Providence with a 10-point win, 76-66. Against Cornell, the Bears won both contests by an average of 15 points.

The all-time series with Columbia stands at 34-8 in favor of Brown. Saturday's game against Cornell will be the 51st meeting with the Bears leading the series 37-17.

The Big Red have struggled this season with a 2-15 record, including 0-4 in league play. Cornell lost its Ivy opener to Columbia 68-59. In a rematch with the Lions, the Big Red fell 56-51. Last weekend, the team dropped games to Harvard, 78-51, and to Dartmouth, 90-57.

Freshman guard Lindsay Krasna has been named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week five times already this season as she leads Cornell with 12.0 ppg. In Ivy play she is averaging 13.5 points. Sophomore guard Claire Perry is second in scoring with 10.8 ppg while sophomore forward Amy Lyon is third with 9.4 ppg. Lyon's, who led the Big Red with 18 points last Saturday against Dartmouth, is also averaging a team-high 5.5 rpg.