Dec. 2, 2005
Providence, RI -
The Brown women's basketball team is set to open up the home portion of its schedule, hosting the 14th annual Brown Classic this weekend at the Pizzitola Center. This year, the Bears will welcome in 2005 WNIT Quarterfinalist Arkansas State, Preseason WNIT participant Hampton and Stony Brook.
Brown (1-3) will face Hampton (1-4) in the first game of the tournament on Saturday at 1 p.m. while Arkansas State (3-2)/Stony Brook (2-1) will follow at 3 p.m. The consolation game will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by the championship game at 3 p.m. Brown is looking to capture their second straight Classic title as the Bears won last season with a 69-61 win over Lehigh in the championship game.
After opening up the season with a 72-62 win over Fairfield, Brown has dropped its last three games by nine points or less. In a 77-69 loss at Lehigh, Brown came to within three points with just over a minute reamaining while the loss to Rhode Island went down to the wire. The Bears battled 2004 & 2005 NCAA Tournament participant Ole Miss to a 29-26 halftime score last Saturday but could not overcome a 16-2 second half run by the Lady Rebels.
Despite losing its top scorer from a year ago in 6-5 center Holly Robertson `05, Brown has been putting up big numbers so far this season, with three players averaging double figures. Senior Sarah Hayes leads the pack with 14.3 per game while senior Colleen Kelly and junior Ashley King-Bischof are adding 12.8 and 12.0 per game respectively. Hayes is just seven points away from becoming Brown's 14th 1,000 point scorer.
Arkansas State enters the weekend with a 3-2 record having lost two if its last three games. Both losses have come against ranked opponents, including #1 Duke. The Lady Indians rebounded from their loss to Duke with a 74-66 win over George Mason in the final day of the Blue Devil Classic last Sunday. The team continued its road swing at Purdue on Tuesday night, dropping a 95-58 decision to the 22nd ranked Boilermakers. Arkansas State advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT last season, closing out the year with a 21-11 record. Junior center Adrianne Davie leads the team this season with 16.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The Lady Indians lead the Sun Belt Conference in three-point field goals with a 6.2 per game average.
Hampton enters the weekend with a 1-4 record, picking up its first win of the season on Thursday night at home against Norfolk State, 80-64. Freshman Chinyere Ukoh and sophomore Monica Rogers both recorded double-doubles in the victory. Ukoh posted 16 points and 12 rebounds while Rogers chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Pirates had dropped their first four games of the season, including losses to Richmond in the preseason WNIT and 19th ranked Temple. Sophomore Rachel Butler leads the team with 13.2 ppg while Rogers is pulling down a team-high 9.0 rpg. Hampton went 14-13 last season, including a 14-4 mark in the MEAC.
Stony Brook enters the weekend with a 2-1 record after suffering its first loss of the season on Wednesday night to BYU, 77-54. The Seawolves cruised to a 87-61 win over Quinnipiac courtesy of 11-3 and 12-2 runs in the second half. Junior forward Jessica Smith's 27 points led Stony Brook to an 81-72 victory over Bucknell in its season opener. Junior guard Mykeema Ford, who was named the co-America East Player of the Week earlier in the week, is averaging a league-high 17.0 points to go along with 6.3 assists per game. Smith is second on the team with 14.0 ppg. Sophomore Dana Ferraro is pulling down 12.3 rebounds per game, tops in the America East. Stony Brook closed out the 2004-05 season with an 8-20 record.