Feb. 24, 2005
Providence, RI -
The top three teams in the Ivy League, including Brown, will battle it out at the Pizzitola Center this weekend in the Bears final home stand of the season. Dartmouth comes to Providence still undefeated in the league with a firm grip on first place in the league with a 9-0 mark. The game, slated to begin at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, will be televised live by Cox Sports Television. Blitz the Pitz III will be held on Saturday as the Bears take on the Crimson at 7 p.m. All tickets are just $1 and everyone in sttendance will receive a free t-shirt and team poster. Harvard enters the weekend just ahead of the Bears with a 7-2 mark. Brown slipped to third in the league with a 53-50 loss at Princeton last Saturday, dropping the team to 7-3 in the Ancient Eight.
Prior to the loss against the Tigers, Brown picked up a 76-69 come-from-behind victory over Penn last Friday. Down by as many as 12 early in the second half, Brown stormed to a nine-point lead in the matter of four minutes, scoring 21 unanswered points. Junior guard Sarah Hayes scored a career-high 23 points in the win while seniors Holly Robertson and Andrea Conrad added 20 and 14 respectively. Robertson continued her offensive attack at Jadwin Gym the following night, posting a season-high 24 points. She leads the Bears with 15.0 points per game this season while Hayes closely follows with 14.8 per game. The two of them, which are the number two and three scorers in the Ivy League, are also averaging over eight rebounds in the last six outings.
Brown visited both Harvard and Dartmouth two weeks ago, getting a 15-point win over the Crimson before falling to the Big Green 63-48. Dartmouth has four players averaging double-digits, led by junior Jeanie Cullen's 14.5. Sophomore Elise Morrison, the Co-Ivy League Player of the Week, is averaging 14.1 per game along with a team-high 8.0 rebounds. For Harvard, Reka Csnery is among the nation's leaders with 20.5 ppg. She also leads the Crimson with 8.2 boards per game. She shared this week's Ivy Player of the Week honors with Morrison.
Harvard is the top offensive team in the league with 70.6 ppg followed by Dartmouth and Brown. The Bears are the second best defensive team in the league in addition to being the top rebounding team.
Harvard leads the all-time series 30-28 while Dartmouth leads the Bears 38-17 all-time. The head coaches of all three squads have a combined 60 years of coaching experience in the Ivy League.