Nov. 17, 2005
Providence, RI -
The Brown women's basketball team will tip-off the 2005-06 season on Friday at Fairfield before heading down to Lehigh for a Sunday match-up with the Mountain Hawks. Friday's game opens up the season for the Fairfield Stags as well. Head Coach Jean Marie Burr, entering her 18th season at the helm, guided Brown to an 18-9 season last year, including a 10-4 mark in the Ivy League. The team's 18 wins were its most since the 1993-94 season. Fairfield posted a 12-17 overall record with nine of those 12 victories coming in MAAC play as the Stags went 9-9.
Headlining the Bears' roster this season is senior captain Sarah Hayes. Hayes finished fourth in the Ivy League in scoring with 14.4 points per game last season while adding a league-high 2.9 steals per contest. Joining Hayes is long-range threat, senior Colleen Kelly. An explosive scorer, a nagging injury through most of the season held Kelly to 9.8 points per game last year.
Junior Candice Lindsay and senior Ivan Podrug return to the Stags line-up. Lindsay is Fairfield's returning leading scorer and rebounder as she averaged 9.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest. A member of the Croatian National Team, Podrug was fourth in the MAAC with 36 blocks last year.
The last time Brown and Fairfield met, the Stags took an 85-81 win back during the 1993-94 season. The Bears have never beaten Fairfield, going 0-3. Brown is familiar with Harbor Yards Arean however, as it took part in Fairfield's early season tournament in 2003.
Lehigh posted a 19-10 record last season, including a 69-61 loss to the Bears in the championship game of the Brown Classic. Brown has defeated the Mountain Hawks six straight times over the course of 15 seasons, including the last two.
With the departure of five seniors due to graduation, Lehigh will certainly have its hands full in the push for a league crown. 2005 Patriot League Coach of the Year Sue Troyan returns six letter winners, including two starters in junior Sara Ellis (Preseason Patriot League Player of the Year) and senior Jenny Callan. Ellis averaged 14 ppg last season while Callan put up numbers of over 8 ppg and 6 rpg.