Women's Basketball Posts Amazing Turnaround
May 5, 2003
Coach Jean Marie Burr's Women's Basketball Team was on of the most improved teams in the country, posting a 15-12 overall mark after winning five games a year ago. Brown climbed to a second place finish in the Ivy standings with a 9-5 League mark, and its 15 wins were the most since the 1996-1997 season. The future looks extremely bright with everyone returning to next year's team.
Freshman Sarah Hayes (Beaufort, SC) headlined the list of Brown's All-Ivy selections when she became the eighth player in Brown history to be named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year. An Honorable Mention, All-Ivy selection, Hayes earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors five times after averaging ten points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She was third in the Ivy League in steals, fourth in field goal percentage (51 percent), and ninth in rebounding.
Joining Hayes on the Ivy League's All-Rookie team was freshman Colleen Kelly (Rochester, NY), who ranked third in the Ivy League in three point baskets (55), while averaging 10.7 points per game, second best on this year's team.
Junior Nyema Mitchell (Birmingham, AL) was selected to the All-Ivy second team after leading the Bears and the Ivy League in blocked shots for the second consecutive season, averaging 2.15 blocks per game. She also led this year's squad in scoring with 13.3 points per game.
With junior Tanara Golston (Skokie, IL), Brown's leader in assists (124) and second top scorer (12.3 ppg), also returning, the Bears are in a good position to challenge for the ivy Title next season.