February 4, 2004

Women's Hoopsters Shoot For Record In Blitz The Pitz II

Feb. 4, 2004

Providence, RI - In honor of the 18th annual National Girls and Women In Sports Day, Brown University will be holding its Blitz The Pitz II promotion for its women's basketball game versus Harvard on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Pizzitola Sports Center. Brown will be looking to break the all-time attendance record for women's basketball at the Pizzitola Center. Tickets for the game will be just $1.

Everyone in attendance will receive a free t-shirt and team poster and will be eligible for great raffle prizes from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, the Brown Bookstore and Brown Athletics.

A record crowd of 1,832 watched Brown battle it out in overtime with Harvard back on Feb. 8, 1991. The Crimson have won two straight Ivy League Championships and were unanimously selected to three-peat in a pre-season poll. The Bears, who were selected to finish third one point behind Penn, are currently 2-2 in the Ivy League 9-8 overall on the season while Harvard is 1-3 in league play and 8-8 overall.

The Bears were one of the most improved teams in the country last season, posting a 15-12 overall mark after winning five games the previous season. Brown climbed to a second place finish in the Ivy standings with a 9-5 League mark, and its 15 wins were the most since the 1996-1997 season. Brown first introduced the Blitz the Pitz promotion in its season-closer with Harvard on Mar. 8, 2003. A top five crowd of over one thousand cheered the Bears on during the game.

The match-up will be televised live on the YES Network as part of the Ivy League's basketball television package. Available to viewers in New York, Connecticut, and large parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the YES Network can also be seen by DIRECTV subscribers who have the "SPORTS Pack," one of the provider's premium services. The YES Network airs on DIRECTV's channel 622.

National Girls and Women In Sports Day began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

For the second year in a row, Brown has the number one scoring defense in the Ivy League this season, holding teams to just 62.5 points per game. Senior Nyema Mitchell leads the team with 14.8 ppg and is second in the Ivy League in blocks with 1.76 per contest. Senior Tanara Golston leads the league in assists with 6.1 per contest and is second for the Bears with 11.5 ppg. Sophomore Sarah Hayes is third in the league in steals with 2.06 per game and 10th in rebounding with 6.6 per contest. She is first among guards in rebounding and fifth overall in offensive rebounding with 2.94 per game.

Call the Brown ticket office at 401-863-2773 to order your tickets now!