February 10, 2005

Bears Hit The Road In Hunt For First Place

Feb. 10, 2005

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The Brown women's basketball team will hit the road this weekend as it travels north to face Harvard in Cambridge, MA on Friday at 6 p.m. The team will then head on to Hanover, NH to play Dartmouth on Saturday at 7 p.m.

This weekend will be crucial for the Bears (13-6, 5-1) stand sandwiched between Harvard (12-5, 4-1) and Dartmouth (9-8, 5-0) in the Ivy rankings. The Bears went 2-0 last weekend, cruising to double-digit victories over Cornell and Columbia. The Bears 68-44 win over the Lions on Saturday was their second largest margin of victory this season. Junior guard Sarah Hayes, who was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in the pair of wins. Senior center Holly Robertson added 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in the two wins as well. Both Harvard and Dartmouth swept its games last weekend against Princeton and Penn as the Big Green remain atop the Ivy standings and the Crimson closely trail Brown in third place.

Brown has not played on the road in nearly a month, going 5-1 at home since Jan. 18. The top rebounding team in the Ivy League, Brown is also 15th in the nation with 12.1 steals per game this season. In conference play, the Bears are making 13.7 spg. Hayes is 18th in the nation with 3.2 per game. Robertson leads the Bears with 14.9 ppg while Hayes is adding 14.3. Rounding out Brown's double-digit scorers is junior guard Colleen Kelly with 11.5 per game. A huge scoring threat on the road, Kelly is averaging 15.3 points away from the Pizzitola Center.

Last season the Bears handed Harvard its worst Ivy loss in 20 years with a 95-70 romping at Lavietes. Robertson recorded a career-high 27 points in the win as Brown shot a sizzling 68% on the night and outrebounded the Crimson 42-21. In Bruno territory, Harvard defeated Brown 70-64 in the two teams first meeting. The Bears also split with Dartmouth a year ago with Brown downing the Big Green 78-68 at home before falling 74-59 at Leede Arena. Harvard leads the all-time series 30-27 while Dartmouth leads the Bears 37-17 all-time.