Bears In The Hunt For First Place This Weekend In Providence

Feb. 16, 2006

Providence, RI -

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The red-hot Brown women's basketball team will look to hunt down Dartmouth for first place in the Ivy League as it hosts two crucial games this weekend against Harvard and the undefeated Big Green. The Bears have won five straight games and eight of their last nine games, improving to 13-8 overall and 7-1 in the Ivy League.

Harvard split its last two games as it comes to Providence on Friday with an 8-12 overall and 4-3 Ivy marks. The fourth annual Blitz The Pitz promotion will take place on Friday as the Bears will look to break the all-time attendance record. Tickets for the game will be just $1 while fans will be eligible to win great prizes throughout the game. Senior Sarah Hayes' jumper with four-tenths of a second left gave Brown a thrilling 64-62 win at Harvard on Jan. 28.

Depending on Friday's results, Brown will have a chance to snag the first place position from Dartmouth on Saturday. If history can repeat itself, the Bears handed the Big Green their first Ivy loss last season with Brown taking a 68-64 decision at the Pizzitola Center. Brown's lone Ivy loss this season came against Dartmouth in Hanover, 73-51. The Big Green hit 11 of 15 three-point attempts to cruise to the victory.

Senior Colleen Kelly was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her role in Brown's sweep of Cornell and Columbia last weekend. Kelly notched 22 points in Ithaca, NY while Hayes led Brown with 16 points in New York City. Kelly is now just five points away from becoming the 15th player in Brown women's basketball history to score 1,000 points. Hayes leads the team with 15.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 2.9 spg. Kelly is second with 13.6 ppg and 2.2 spg. She is shooting 44.1% behind the arc (45-102), which ranks 23rd in the country. Junior Lena McAfee is second in rebounding with 5.1 per game and third in steals with 1.9.

As a team, Brown has the top scoring defense in the Ancient Eight. It also leads the League in steals, offensive rebounds and turnover margin. Their 11.3 steals are 25th in the country.