Hayes Earns Ivy League Rookie of the Year
March 14, 2003
Freshman Sarah Hayes (Beaufort, SC) earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors for her performance throughout the 2002-2003 season. Hayes also earned Ivy League Honorable Mention status. Junior Nyema Mitchell (Birmingham, AL) was an All-Ivy Second Team selection and freshman Colleen Kelly (Rochester, NY) was named to the All-Ivy Rookie team.
Hayes was one of Brown's most consistent performers as the Bears went from last place in 2002 to a tie for second in 2003. Hayes earned five Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors throughout her freshman campaign, she finished the season averaging 10.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Making her second on the team in rebounds (177) and third in scoring (270). Hayes was also second on the team in both assists (69) and steals (60) averaging 2.6 assists per game and 2.2 steals per game.
In the Ivy League Hayes finished third in steals, fourth in field goal percentage (50.7%), and ninth in rebounds. She notched three double-doubles during the season and set her career-high of 16 points against Stony Brook and then tied it three more times after that.
Mitchell was the anchor for the second place Bears, earning a Player of the Week Award in the process. Mitchell led the team and the Ivy League once again in blocked shots recording 58 on the year, averaging 2.15 per game. Mitchell led the 2002-2003 Brown Bear squad in scoring (359) averaging 13.3 ppg.
Leading the team in rebounds (214), Mitchell had a 17-rebound display in a win over Cornell. That performance helped her to average just under eight boards per contest at 7.9 and set a new career high for Mitchell. She also recorded 22 points in the same game, just one of six double doubles on the year. Mitchell scored in double digits in 18 of the Bear's 27 games, including her 26-point performance in Brown's win over Providence College, a career high for the junior.
Kelly hoisted more three pointers than anyone in the League this season, launching 170 and finishing third in three pointers made with 55. Kelly led the 2002-2003 Bears in steals with 66. She finished second in the League in steals per game at 2.44 but had an equal number of overall steals as the leader but played in one more game. Her 10.7 points per game was second among all League freshmen and third on the Brown squad. Kelly averaged 4.1 rebounds per game and 2.1 assists per game for her rookie campaign.
Kelly recorded one double double in her freshman year with 11 points and 11 rebounds in Brown's loss to Drake. The 11 rebounds is a career high for the freshman. Kelly set her high in points in the Bear's first loss to Dartmouth as she netted 21 points, 15 from behind the three point arc. This was just one of 15 of Kelly's double digit performances throughout the season.
The Bears finished the season 15-12 overall and 9-5 in the Ivy League, tied for second with Dartmouth. This is Brown's best finish since the 1996-1997 season when they finished second in the League with an overall record of 15-11, 10-4 in the Ivy League.