November 9, 2005

Bears Picked Fourth In Ivy Preseason Poll

Nov. 9, 2005

Princeton, NJ - The 2005-06 Ivy League Women's Basketball Preseason Poll has been released and the Brown Bears were picked fourth again, receiving 87 points. Dartmouth was a unanimous first choice, taking all 16 first place votes in the poll. Harvard was second with 95 points while Princeton rounded out the top three with 93 points. Penn was a distant fifth behind Brown with 69 points.

Brown finished the 2004-05 season with an 18-9 record, including a 10-4 third place mark in Ivy play. Senior First Team All-Ivy and Academic All-American selection Sarah Hayes returns to highlight the Brown line-up. Nearing the 1,000 career point mark, Hayes will be a strong candidate for Ivy League Player of the Year as she finished fourth in the league in scoring with 14.4 ppg. She is the Bears' returning leading rebounder as well, averaging 6.2 boards last season.

Head Coach Jean Marie Burr, in her 18th season at the helm, returns a total of 11 letterwinners, including seniors Julia Barton, Adriana Bates, Colleen Kelly and Jaclyn Vocell along with Hayes. In addition, a talented group of five freshmen have been added to the roster.

The 2005-06 season will tip-off next Friday at Fairfield. It will be the first time since the 2001-02 season the Bears will be opening the season on the road.

Ivy Women's Basketball Preseason Poll:
1. Dartmouth, 128 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Harvard, 95
3. Princeton, 93
4. Brown, 87
5. Penn, 69
6. Yale, 51
7. Columbia, 27
8. Cornell, 26