Women's Hoops Looks To Build From Recent Valiant Performance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's basketball will look to build from its gritty effort in a two-point loss to Cornell last weekend when its four-game road trip continues at Harvard and Dartmouth Friday and Saturday.  Both games tip at 7 p.m.

Bears senior guard Sheila Dixon enters this weekend's contests just 25 points shy of eclipsing the 1,000 career-point mark.  She would be the 16th player in Brown history to reach that milestone.

The Big Red (13-8, 4-3 Ivy) and Big Green (6-15, 4-3 Ivy) both take on the Bears (7-15, 1-7 Ivy) looking to create separation from the middle of the Ivy League standings on the heels of two-game losing streaks.

LAST TIME OUT

Sophomore guard Sophie Bikofsky lit up the scoreboard from 3-point range in the Bears' 60-58 loss to Cornell on Saturday, scoring all of her career- and game-high 21 points on 7-for-9 shooting from downtown, including 3-for-3 in the second half to help Brown overcome a 10-point deficit with 14 minutes to play.  Brown led by as many as five with two minutes remaining but allowed seven unanswered points down the stretch in the loss.

The Bears were paced offensively by guards Dixon (17 points) and Lauren Clarke (14 points) in a 61-52 loss at Columbia last Friday.  Brown once again got off to a slow start, trailing 14-4 in the first nine minutes and never led throughout.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. DARTMOUTH/HARVARD

Brown is 22-49 all-time vs. Dartmouth and 33-42 all-time vs. Harvard.  The Bears split the season series with both teams last season and lost to both teams earlier this season in the Pizzitola Sports Center.

WHO TO WATCH FOR

Senior guard Faziah Steen leads all Big Green scorers at 12.1 ppg.  She's also a threat defensively averaging 1.9 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 with 8.1 per game.

Harvard's scoring is paced by the trio of junior guard Christine Clark (15.8 ppg), sophomore forward Temi Fagbenle (12.6 ppg) and senior guard Victoria Lippert (12.5 ppg) and – all of whom are among the Ivy League leaders in scoring.