Opportunity Knocks for Bears Heading Into Home Weekend Against Dartmouth and Harvard
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's basketball team looks to separate itself from a four-way tie in the middle of the Ivy League standings when it takes on Dartmouth and Harvard on Friday and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Video (for a fee), live stats and radio will be available on brownbears.com.
The Bears (7-9, 1-1 Ivy), Big Green (3-13, 1-1 Ivy) and Crimson (10-6, 1-1 Ivy) are three of the four teams locked in a tie for third place in the early part of the intra-league season. Two wins would get Brown back to .500 overall and make a statement to the rest of the Ivy League.
Last Time Out
Brown heads into the weekend coming off a split of consecutive games against Yale on Jan. 19 and 25. The Bears' 68-67 win on Jan. 19 came in dramatic fashion as senior captain Sheila Dixon sank a free-throw, one of her 18 points on the day, with 0.1 on the clock. The Bears fell 59-47 in the latter contest after being held to just 31 percent shooting and being outscored 30-14 in the paint. They trailed by just four with 6:04 left but a 10-2 run by the Bulldogs down the stretch put the game out of reach. Bears leading scorer Lauren Clarke was held to nine points and failed to hit double-figures in scoring for just the third time all season.
Season Series vs. Dartmouth/Harvard
Brown is 22-48 all-time vs. Dartmouth and 33-41 all-time vs. Harvard. The Bears split the season series with both teams last season.
Who to Watch For
Senior guard Faziah Steen leads all Big Green scorers at 11.7 ppg. She's also a threat defensively averaging over two steals per game. Tia Dawson controls the paint for Dartmouth. The 6-2 sophomore center scores 5.7 ppg. and leads the team in rebounding 7.7 per game.
Harvard's scoring is paced by the trio of junior guard Christine Clark (17.2 ppg), senior guard Victoria Lippert (12.4 ppg) and sophomore forward Temi Fagbenle (11.3 ppg) – all of whom are among the Ivy League leaders in scoring.