November 30, 2004

Red-Hot Bears Return Home To Face In-State Rival URI on Wednesday

Nov. 30, 2004

Providence, RI - Complete Game Notes vs. URI 12/1/04

Brown will return home to the Pizzitola Center on Wednesday night to face in-state rival Rhode Island. The Bears are off to their best start since the 1993-94 season, winning three straight games after dropping its season-opener to A-10 powerhouse Temple.

Brown, now 3-1 on the year, captured the Binghamton Time Warner Classic with a ten-point win over Robert Morris and an 18-point victory over host Binghamton in the championship game. Earlier in the week, Brown picked up its first win of the season, defeating Fairleigh Dickinson 64-60, on the road.

Rhode Island enters the game with a 2-2 record. The Rams took part in the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament, suffering a 108-53 pounding by the 14th ranked Commodores in the first round. Rhode Island bounced back to pick up a 79-66 win over UT Martin in the consolation match.

Senior Holly Robertson was named the Binghamton Time Warner Classic MVP as she posted a game-high 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the championship match against the Bearcats. The 6'5" center added eight points and ten rebounds in Brown's 66-56 win over Robert Morris in the first round of the tournament as well.

Junior Colleen Kelly was selected to the All-Tournament Team, capping off a huge week. Kelly posted a career-high 22 points along with seven rebounds and five assists in the Bears win over Fairleigh Dickinson last Tuesday. Against the Colonials on Saturday, she continued her superb play with a 19-point, eight assist, six rebound effort.

Brown and Rhode Island have met 24 times with the Rams holding a 18-6 advantage. Head Coach Jean Marie Burr is 5-8 against Rhode Island, including a 4-3 mark at home. Last season, the Rams took a 64-59 decision at the Pizzitola Center. Brown held a one point lead at the half but 16 turnovers led to 20 points for the Rams in the second half as Rhode Island maintained the lead through the final 18 minutes of play. Holly Robertson recorded her first double-double of the season with ten points and ten rebounds in the loss. Sarah Hayes also added ten points.