Bears Cap Off Successful 2003-2004 Season
May 12, 2004
Providence, RI - The 2003-2004 season came with a number of accomplishments, both individually and as a group for the women's basketball team. Head Coach Jean Marie Burr's team finished second in the Ivy League standings, winning six of their last seven games. A long list of records were set and several awards were handed out, including the annual six team awards at the post-season banquet recently held in Providence.
Senior Tanara Golston (Evanston, IL) was named the Most Valuable Player for the second straight year. Last season she shared the honor with Sarah Hayes '06. Golston was seventh in the nation in assists this year with 7.0 per game. She broke the Ivy League single season assist record, dishing out 188 assists. She leaves Brown as its third all-time leading passer with 409 career assists. Golston was the Bears second-leading scorer with 12.0 points per game, good for 12th in the conference. Her 1.96 steals per game ranked second on the team and fifth in the Ivy League.
The Most Improved Player Award was given to junior Holly Robertson (Cochrane, Alberta). Robertson played her way to a Second Team All-Ivy selection this season as Brown's third leading scorer with 11.0 ppg. In Ivy play, she averaged 14.1 ppg as she stepped into a starting role just four games into the Ivy schedule. Her 6.6 rebounds per game were second for Brown and eighth in the league. Robertson shot over 50% from the field, going 125-249 for 50.2% on the season, leading the team and ranking sixth in the league in that category. The 6'5" center also led the Bears in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 34.5% (19-55) from behind the arc. She scored a career-high 27 points on 11-12 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Bears' record setting 95-70 victory over Ivy foe Harvard on 2/28.
For the second time in her career, senior Ragan Kenner (Indianapolis, IN) was the recipient of the Defensive Spark Award, presented to the player who displayed the most consistent intensity on defense throughout the season. A relentless defender, Kenner averaged one steal per game in her career, recording 87 total steals. She played in every game this season for the Bears. She recorded a team-high three steals along with four points and four rebounds in the team's dominating win over the Crimson.
This year two players received the Sixth Player Award, given to the player(s) that provided a spark off the bench and took pride in their role and showed support for their teammates through the season. The coaches chose to give this award to both Robertson and Kenner for their excellent play off the bench.
Senior Miranda Craigwell (Dorchester, MA) was awarded the Harriet Sheridan Leadership Award for the third straight season. The first-ever three-year captain in Brown women's basketball history, Craigwell's leadership was clearly evident on and off the court. She was a two-time recipient of the team's Most Improved Player Award. Craigwell also received myriad of academic awards and scholarships throughout her four years at Brown, most recently the 2004 David Zucconi '55 Fellowship and Joslin Award.
The Hustle Award went to sophomore Sarah Hayes (Beaufort, SC) for the second year in a row. The award is given to the member of the team who gave the extra effort both physically and mentally. An Honorable Mention All-Ivy selection, Hayes displayed a competitive attitude by pushing herself and her teammates every day throughout the season. Hayes led the Bears and was seventh in the Ivies in rebounding with 6.9 per game this season as a 5'8" point guard. She was fourth in the league in offensive rebounding, pulling down a team-high 3.07 per contest. Hayes also led the team in steals with 2.04 per game, tied for second in the Ivy League. She was Brown's fourth double-digits scorer, averaging 10.2 ppg. In Ivy play, Hayes tallied 11.4 ppg.
In addition to the team awards, senior Nyema Mitchell (Birmingham, AL) was named the Rhode Island Division I Women's Player of the Year by the Rhode Island media. A First Team All-Ivy selection, Mitchell leaves Brown as its seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,248 points. Her 776 rebounds rank fifth all-time at Brown while her 211 blocks are third in school history. She is the fourth player in school history to record over 1,000 points and 700 rebounds in their career. Her 15.5 points per game this season led the Bears and was seventh in the league. She ranked second in the league with 2.04 blocks per game and 12th in rebounding with 6.2 per game.
With the 2003-2004 campaign in the books, the Bears will now look towards the 2004-2005 season. Coach Burr will be entering her 17th season at the helm of the program and will return with a wealth of talented players along with several new faces.