Bears Close Out Season At Columbia and Cornell This Weekend In Hunt Of Most Wins Since 1993-94
March 2, 2005
Brown closes out the 2004-05 season this weekend, looking to capture its 17th and 18th victories, which would be the team's most wins since the 1993-94 season. The Bears slipped into a tie for third with Penn after dropping a 77-69 decision to second place Harvard last Saturday. A record crowd of 2,034 fans attended the game, which went down to the wire. The Bears rallied back from an eight-point deficit, taking a three-point lead with 4:34 in the game on the heroics of sophomore Ashley King-Bischof, who finished with a career-high 24 points on 10-13 shooting. However, the Crimson responded with an 8-0 run to take a decisive 69-64 lead with 1:57 on the clock. The loss put the Bears out of contention for the Ivy Title as it dropped them to 8-4 in league play.
The night before, Brown put an end to Dartmouth's undefeated streak as it became the first team in the league to knock of the first place Big Green, 68-64. A three-pointer by junior Colleen Kelly with 1:43 left broke a 62-62 deadlock, giving Brown the lead for good. The Bears used a well-balanced attack to earn the victory with five players recording eight points or more, including three in double figures. The win secured victories over all seven Ivy opponents, the second straight season the Bears have captured that feat.
Two wins this weekend would also complete a season sweep over both Columbia and Cornell as the team cruised to a 24-point thrashing over the Lions and a 19-point pounding over the Big Red in Providence the first week in February. The games were reflections of the all-time series, as Brown holds a prominent 34-8 lifetime lead against Columbia and a 37-13 hold on Cornell.
Junior guard Sarah Hayes and senior center Holly Robertson each lead the Bears with 14.8 points per game, third overall in the league. Robertson's 8.8 rebounds per outing also rank second in the league while Hayes' 2.8 steals are tops in the Ancient Eight. Brown continues to lead the league in rebounding with 39.5 boards per game.
Columbia has dropped six of its last eight Ivy contests, falling to sixth in the league standings with a 4-8 mark. Cornell picked up its first Ivy victory of the season against Princeton last Saturday. The Big Red had dropped their 12 previous Ivy contests.