February 17, 2012

Women’s Basketball Hosts Harvard, Dartmouth in Key Ivy Weekend

Providence, RI- The Brown women's basketball team (14-8, 5-3 Ivy) will host Harvard University at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 and Dartmouth at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 400 fans through the door on Friday night, and on Saturday, the Bears will be hosting their 'Play 4 Kay' game and ask that all fans wear pink to show their support of breast cancer awareness.

Live stats, video and audio will be provided for the games this weekend on brownbears.com.

The Bears are coming off three straight wins, including two in overtime, and are coming off a 60-49 victory over Cornell last Saturday night. Junior guard Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) led the way with 16 points, six rebounds and five steals, and is currently Brown's leading scorer and rebounder averaging 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Harvard is beginning a four-game road swing and arrives in Providence with a 12-9 record and a 5-2 mark in Ivy play. The Crimson are coming off an 84-56 loss to Princeton despite a 21-point performance by senior guard Brogan Berry and a double-double by sophomore guard Christine Clarke last Saturday evening. Clarke leads Harvard in scoring with 15.4 points per game, while Miriam Rutzen is pulling down a team-high 6.2 boards per game.

The Crimson lead the all-time series 41-34, including a 21-17 record at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears suffered a 66-57 loss earlier this season on Jan. 29.

Dartmouth enters the weekend 3-18 overall with a 1-6 mark in the Ivy League as the Big Green will spend the next four games on the road. After earning its first Ivy win against Columbia on Feb. 3, the Big Green have lost their last three straight games, including a 73-63 loss to Penn on Feb. 11, in overtime. Junior guard Faziah Steen leads Dartmouth in scoring with 15.6 points per game, while Tia Dawson is bringing down a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game.

Dartmouth and Brown are meeting for the 71st time on Saturday, as the Big Green own a commanding 48-22 record in the all-time series. Currently, the Bears are on a three-game winning streak against Dartmouth, including a 74-50 victory win over the Big Green in Hanover in Jan. 27.