Bears Wrap Up Record Setting Season
May 6, 2005
Providence, RI - The Brown women's basketball team put the finishing touches on a record-setting 2004-2005 season at their annual post-season awards banquet on April 12. The Bears posted the third-most wins in the program's 31-year history with an 18-9 overall record. For just the fifth time in Brown basketball history, two players were named First Team All-Ivy in Sarah Hayes '06 and Holly Robertson '05. In addition, Robertson was named the Rhode Island Division I Player of the Year while Head Coach Jean Marie Burr was named Rhode Island Division I Coach of the Year.
Both Robertson and Hayes were named Co-MVP's of the team. In addition, Hayes received the Defensive Spark and Hustle Awards, for displaying the most consistent intensity on defense and for giving the extra effort both physically and mentally. She ranked in the top ten of seven different categories in the Ivy League. Her 2.9 steals per game led the League while her 14.4 points ranked fourth.
Hayes scored in double figures in all but four games this season, including 18 straight. On ten different occasions, Hayes led the Bears in scoring, posting a career-high 23 points in a 76-69 win at Penn. She posted back-to-back 22 point, five steal performances in games versus American and Yale back in January.
Robertson finished third in the Ivy League in scoring and second in rebounding with 14.9 and 8.7 per game respectively. She led Brown in scoring in 12 games this season, highlighted by a season-high 24-point performance against Princeton. Robertson tied for the league lead in double-doubles with nine and was just two points or two rebounds shy of recording nine other double-doubles on the season. She scored 15 or more points in 17 games and scored more than 20 points in five games.
The 6-5 center ranked second in the league with 1.9 blocks per outing and recorded 1.4 steals per game as well. In a 66-65 win over Rhode Island, she pulled in a career-high 15 rebounds. Robertson was named the MVP of the Binghamton Time Warner Classic and the Brown Classic, leading the Bears to both titles. As a junior in 2003-04, she was selected to the All-Ivy Second Team.
Ashley King-Bischof '07 received the Sixth Player Award after finishing the season third on the team in rebounding with 4.3 per game and fifth in scoring with 5.6 points per game off the bench. She exploded for a career-high 24 points on 10-13 shooting against Harvard on 2/26 and tied her old career-high with nine points against Dartmouth on 2/25, against Princeton on 1/28 and on 2/5 against Columbia.
The Most Improved Player Award was given to the entire team after reaching several new feats throughout the season. The team improved in all but one defensive category and won for the first time in history, two regular season tournaments.
Andrea Conrad '05 received the Harriet Sheridan Leadership Award. A four-year letterwinner, Conrad has overcome two ACL surgeries to become a two-time captain for the squad. A three-year representative for SAAC, Conrad received the Bessie H. Rudd Award, given to the Brown female varsity athlete who has done the most to promote women's sports during the year. It is based on enthusiasm, spirit and leadership. She played and started in all 27 games for the Bears and finished fourth on the team in scoring and rebounding with 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds.