Ivy League Title For The Taking This Weekend For Women's Hoops

Ivy League Title For The Taking This Weekend For Women's Hoops

March 1, 2006

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The Details
Brown (17-8, 11-1) vs. Princeton (18-6, 9-2)
Date:Friday, March 3, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location:Jadwin Gym-Princeton, NJ
Live Broadcast: www.bsrlive.com, 88.1 WELH FM-Providence

Brown vs. Penn (4-20, 2-9)
Date:Saturday, March 4, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location:The Palestra-Philadelphia, PA
Live Broadcast: www.bsrlive.com, 88.1 WELH FM-Providence

The Brown women's basketball team is looking to capture its first Ivy League Title in 12 years this weekend as it takes on Princeton and Penn in its final regular season games of the season. One win will clinch at least a share of the Ivy crown while two wins will give the Bears the title outright along with the NCAA automatic bid.

Second place Princeton and Dartmouth, both 9-2 in Ivy play, have three games remaining. If a three-way tie for the title occurs, a single elimination neutral site playoff game will be held on Thursday March 9 while the second game will be on Saturday, March 11. If there is a two-way tie, the playoff will be held Saturday, March 11.

In the first meeting of the season, Brown edged out Princeton, 49-47, in Providence on Feb. 4. Senior Colleen Kelly led the Bears with 13 points while fellow senior Sarah Hayes was the jack of all trades once again, registering 9 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists. Princeton's Becky Brown had the chance to tie the game with three seconds left but both of her free throws fell off the mark.

Brown and Princeton have a history of playing close games as 22 of their 53 meetings have been decided by five points or less, including 16 of the 35 since the 1988-89 season when Jean Marie Burr took over as head coach. The last three meetings have been decided by three points or less.

Brown holds a 30-27 lead in the all-time series with Penn, including a 65-47 win in Providence on Feb. 3. The senior trio of Kelly, Hayes and Jackie Vocell combined for 38 points.

The Bears captured their first undefeated Ivy League home season since 1983-84 with a sweep of Columbia and Cornell last weekend. Senior Sarah Hayes compiled 43 points off 21 of 29 shooting and 18 rebounds in the two games, which Brown controlled from nearly start to finish.

Brown has won its last nine games, the 11th longest winning streak in the nation and 12 of its last 13. The team's last loss came on Jan. 27 at Dartmouth.

The Bears moved into first place in the Ivy standings with their 59-54 overtime victory at home against Dartmouth on Feb. 18. The last time Brown was 11-1 in Ivy play was back during the 1992-93 season. Leading The Way:

Sarah Hayes leads Brown with 15.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Her 2.6 steals per game rank first in the Ivy League. As a 5-8 guard, Hayes leads the league with 3.2 offensive rebounds per game.

Colleen Kelly ranks second for the Bears and seventh in the Ivies with 13.1 points per game. Her 2.2 swipes per contest rank second behind Hayes in the league. She also leads the team with 2.5 assists per game.

Junior Ashley King-Bischof is averaging 7.2 points and 3.9 rebounds off the bench. Junior Lena McAfee is chipping in with 7.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals in Brown's 12 Ivy contests. Freshman Catherine Schaper has been averaging 5.7 points and 4.7 boards in the 12 games as well.