Providence, R.I. - The Brown University women's basketball team is set to open its 2012-13 season this Saturday at 1 p.m. against Saint Peter's in the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Saturday's game marks the beginning of Head Coach Jean Marie Burr's 25th season at Brown. Burr is the winningest coach in Brown basketball history (men's and women's), and passed the impressive benchmark of 300 wins during the 2011-2012 season. She has a total of 305 career wins and coached the program to 15 winning Ivy League seasons and four conference titles. She was named Rhode Island Female Sports Coach of the Year for the fourth time last year (2012, 2005, 1994, 1993).
The squad will be led by senior captains Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY), Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA), and Caroline King (Valencia, PA). Veteran leader Dixon started in all 28 games last season and had the team-high scoring average of 13.1 points per game and the team-high 6.1 rebounds per game. She earned second team All-Ivy honors and the Bears' Defensive Spark Award. She was also named the Cox Sports Rhode Island Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Year. Nickel also started in all 28 games during the 2011-12 season and is a strong scorer for the Bears, with an impressive 40 percent for 3-pointers. Facing injury last season, forward King played in 11 games, and as a sophomore during the 2010-11 season earned floor-time in 23 games.
The Bears graduated three women from the 2011-12 roster including captains Hannah Passafuime and Aileen Daniels, and Sthefany Alviar. Junior Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) returns after starting all 28 games last year, and dishing out a team high 77 assists. She averaged 9.0 points per game and 3.5 rebounds. Freshman Elise Sharpe (Tipp City, Oh), Jordin Alexander (Fishers, IN), and Natalie Ball (Orlando, FL) join the lineup.
The Bears finished the 2011-12 season with a winning record of 16-12 overall, and a neutral 7-7 mark in the conference. They hosted New Hampshire for last season's season opener, and battled to a 62-57 loss.
The Bears' game with St. Peter's kicks off their 39th season and is the first of 28 scheduled regular season games. Their schedule includes eight teams that continued into post-season competition last year and features a trip to the Terrapin Classic to play top caliber opponent Maryland.
After Saturday's game, the Bears will take to the road for four straight games, first taking on Fairfield on November 13th and then travelling to Vermont on the 17th. They return home on November 28th to host Bryant at 6:00 p.m. in the Pizzitola Sports Center.