PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's basketball team will end its regular season against two of the toughest teams in the Ivy League this weekend when it travels to Penn and Princeton Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night's game is at 7 p.m.; Saturday night's is at 6 p.m.
The Bears, coming off wins in two of their last three contests, can end their season on a high note by knocking off second-place Penn (15-10, 8-3 Ivy) and first-place Princeton (19-6, 10-1 Ivy).
The Quakers had a six-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Harvard on March 2. The Tigers lead the Ivy League in scoring offense and defense and have defeated opponents by an eye-popping 18.6 point margin. Their first loss in 11 games also came last weekend at Harvard.
Last Time Out
Brown never trailed in its 58-51 win vs. Cornell on March 1. The Bears were paced offensively by double-figure scorers Sheila Dixon (14), Sophie Bikofsky (13) and Lauren Clarke (11). Sophie Beutel also hit on 4-of-5 from the floor off the bench, scoring nine.
In the final home game of her career, Dixon came out firing against Columbia last Saturday. She scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half. But the Bears let a nine-point lead with 13:42 remaining slip away and fell to the Lions, 58-55.
All-Time Series vs. Penn/Princeton
Brown trails Princeton in the all-time series, 29-39 and is one down on Penn at 35-36.
Who To Watch For
It's hard to look at the Ivy League leaders and not make note of Princeton senior guard Niveen Rasheed. She is second in the Ivy League in scoring with 17.0 points per game and is second in rebounding with a 9.2 per game average. She is also among the top performers in field goal percentage, assists per game, free-throw percentage and steals.
Penn junior guard Alyssa Baron also fills up the stat sheet on a regular basis. She is fourth in Ivy League scoring, fifth in rebounding and second in assists per game with 14.0, 6.2 and 3.9 averages, respectively.