Dec. 7, 2005
Providence, RI -
The Brown women's basketball team (3-3) continues its home stand tonight as it hosts Boston University (4-1) in non-league action. Tonight's game will be the 12th meeting between Brown and Boston University and the first since the 1998-99 season. The Bears hold a 6-5 advantage in the all-time series.
Brown has won its last two games, both coming over the weekend at the Brown Classic. The team began the year with a 72-62 win over Fairfield, before dropping its next three games by nine points or less. The Bears are led by senior Sarah Hayes' league-high 17.0 ppg and 6.8 rpg. Senior Colleen Kelly is adding 12.0 ppg, shooting a league-best 55.6% behind the three-point line. Junior Ashley King-Bischof is third for Brown with 9.3 ppg and second with 5.5 rpg.
The Terriers are currently 4-1 on the year having won their last four games. Three players are averaging double figures for BU, led by senior Rachael Vanderwal's 12.6 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Juniors Katie Meinhardt and Erica Kovach are averaging 12.3 and 11.0 ppg respectively as well.
The Bears hung on for a 71-62 victory over Stony Brook in the championship game of the 2005 Brown Classic on Sunday at the Pizzitola Center. The win gave the Bears their second straight Classic title as they advanced to thechampionship with an 86-71 victory over Hampton the day before.
Hayes was named the Tournament's MVP, guiding the Bears to both victories, including a team-high 20 point performance in Sunday's win and a game-high 25 points against Hampton. She netted her 1,000th career point, becoming the 14th player in Brown history to reach that plateau on Saturday. In addition, she was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday.
Kelly was named to the All-Tournament Team, posting 16 points in the championship match She became Brown's all-time leader in three-point field goals, knocking down the 125th of her career on Saturday against Hampton.