Bears Host 13th Annual Brown Classic

Bears Host 13th Annual Brown Classic

Dec. 3, 2004

Providence, RI - Complete Game Notes-2004 Brown Classic

The Brown women's basketball team will host its annual tournament this weekend as it welcomes Bowling Green State University, Lehigh University and Winthrop University to the Pizzitola Center. This year marks the 13th annual Brown Classic as it began back in 1991. The Bears will be looking for their fifth and sixth victories of the season as they face Winthrop in the opening game on Saturday at 1 p.m. and hope to advance to the championship match on Sunday at 3 p.m. The second game on Saturday will feature Bowling Green and Lehigh. The consolation match will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Bearsare off to their best start since 1990, entering this weekend's tournament with a 4-1 record on the strength of a four-game win streak. Brown won the Binghamton Time Warner Classic last weekend with a 66-56 win over Robert Morris and a 68-50 victory over host Binghamton in the championship game. Senior Holly Robertson was named the MVP of the tournament and junior Colleen Kelly was selected to the All-Tourney Team. Robertson posted 17 points and 14 rebounds against the Bearcats while Kelly tallied 19 points, a career-high eight assists and six rebounds in the win over the Colonials. On Wednesday night, the Bears snagged a thrilling 66-65 win against in-state rival Rhode Island at the Pizzitola Center. Sophomore Lena McAfee scored the game-winning basket with 2.8 seconds left on the clock. Robertson led Brown with 20 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

The Eagles are still in search of their first win as they have dropped their first five games of the season. On Tuesday Winthrop fell to Maryland-Eastern Shore, 62-55. The Eagles shot just 29% from the field in the loss. Sophomore Emily Briggs notched her first career double-double with 12 points and ten rebounds. Over the weekend Winthop took part in the UNC-Greensboro Tournament, falling to host UNCG 62-52 in the opening round and 56-51 to South Carolina State in the consolation match. Winthrop was led by sophmore Gene't Moore with 13 points against UNC-Greensboro. Senior Katie Kilcollin added 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and four steals. Despite forcing 16 turnovers in the first half of the South Carolina State game, Winthrop hit only 8-of-32 shots in the second half. Moore leads the Eagles with 9.6 points per game this season.

The Falcons improved to 2-2 on the year with a 83-61 win over Youngstown State on Tuesday. Freshman Kate Achter scored 23 points in the win. Three Falcons joined Achter in double-digits with sophomores Liz Honegger, Carin Horne and Ali Mann all adding 14 points apiece. Prior to that, Bowling Green dropped a 68-63 decision to Duquesne. Mann's game-high 23 points weren't enough as the Falcons trailed the entire second half. Bowling Green broke open a tie game with a 22-0 run midway through the first half as it cruised past IPFW 115-84 back on Nov. 19, the Falcons first win of the season. The team opened up the season with a 89-41 loss to #10 Ohio State on Nov. 12. A total of four Falcon's are averaging double-figures led by Honegger who is averaging 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game this season. Honegger is also averaging 2.5 steals per contest. Mann is second in scoring with 12.5 per game folllowed by Achter with 10.8 off the bench and sophomore Megan Thorburn with 10.3.

The Mountain Hawks enter this weekend's tournament with a 3-1 record. Sophomore Sara Ellis sank two free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining to break a 66-66 deadlock as Lehigh let a 15-point second half lead get away, and then hung on for the two point win at St. Joseph's on Monday night. Senior Jessica DePalo became the 11th player in Lehigh women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points in the match. DePalo finished with a season-high 28 points on 14-of-23 shooting in the win. Lehigh defeated Ivy League foe Princeton in its home opener by a score of 64-51 on Nov. 23. The Mountain Hawks lone loss came against Marshall back on Nov. 20. The game went down to the final shot as Marshall took the win 68-66 in the finals of the Fifth Third MU Classic. DePalo leads the team with 18.8 points per game on 57.4% shooting this season.

Brown has won two of the last six tournaments, capturing second place eight times. Last season the Bears welcomed 24th ranked Boston College, Liberty and New Hampshire to the Pizzitola Center. The Eagles took the title as Brown finished second. The Bears advanced to the championship match with a 77-62 win over New Hamphire, head coach Jean Marie Burr's alma mater, before falling to eventual Elite Eight participant Boston College in the championship game. The Bears played even with the Big East champs through 20 minutes of play but went cold in the second half as the Eagles went on to win 73-45. Tanara Golson `04 and Nyema Mitchell `04 earned All-Tournament Team honors for Brown.

In 2002, NCAA Tournament qualifier Vermont won the Classic with the Bears finishing as the runner-up for the second-straight time. The previous year, Brown lost to Texas A&M in the championship match.

Brown won its first title in 1998, defeating IUPUI 70-65 in the first round and Tulsa 79-65 in the championship game. The Bears followed up with a pair of wins over High Point and Howard in 1999 to claim their second straight title.