February 17, 2005

Bears Head South Looking For Revenge Against Penn

Feb. 17, 2005

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The Brown women's basketball team will look to sweep the seeason series from Princeton and avenge its loss to the Penn Quakers this weekend as it travels down to Jadwin Gym and the Palestra. Penn took a 47-43 victory over the Bears three weeks ago as Jennifer Fleicher's basket with 22 seconds left broke a 43-43 deadlock. The game, which broke Brown's five game win streak, saw ten lead changes despite the Bears shooting a season-low 29%. Princeton left Providence with a one-point loss to the Bears, 63-62, on 1/28. Senior Andrea Conrad's free throw with two seconds remaining gave Brown the win, its second straight over the Tigers.

Brown split a pair of games last weekend as it faced undefeated Dartmouth and third place Harvard. The Bears continued where they left off last season at Lavietes Pavilion on Friday, taking a 78-63 win over the Crimson before falling to the 7-0 Big Green, 63-48, on Saturday night. In the 15-point win over Harvard, junior guard Sarah Hayes tallied a team-high 19 points and nine rebounds. She followed up with16 points and nine rebounds against the Big Green. Over the last four games Hayes is averaging 17.5 points on 60% shooting and is pulling down 8.8 rebounds.

Hayes leads the team with 14.6 points per game this season, which ranks second in the league. Her 3.0 steals per game rank 22nd in the nation. Senior center Holly Robertson is second in scoring for the Bears and third overall in the league with 14.3 ppg. Her team-high 8.5 rebounds per game rank second in the league. Junior guard Colleen Kelly rounds out Brown's double digit scorers with 11.0 ppg.

Brown's 78 points on Friday were a season-high as the team knocked down seven three's in the first half and out-rebounded the Crimson 47-33. Four players recorded double figures in the victory (Hayes 19, McAfee 15, Vocell 12, Robertson 11). The Bears got a taste of their ow n medicine the following night however as Dartmouth pulled down 41 rebounds compared to the Bears 29. Brown fell behind midway through the first half and was never able to recover as it shot just 32% on the night. Sophomore Lena McAfee's three-point play with 15:44 left in the game made it a one-point contest but the Big Green put together a 10-0 run after that to keep the Bears at bay.