PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's basketball team celebrated the 2012-13 season by honoring seven student-athletes at the team's annual awards banquet Thursday evening at the Faculty Club on campus.
Junior Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) was named the Malcolm G. "Kim" Chase Most Valuable Player after leading the Bears in scoring with 13.5 points per game. Clarke, who ranked sixth in the Ivy League in scoring, also paced the team in assists (2.8) and free throw percentage (.793). A formidable offensive threat, Clarke led the league in 3-pointers with 2.2 treys per game and notched at least 20 points in five games this season en route to All-Ivy Second Team honors. Clarke also led the league in minutes played, averaging 36.2 minutes per game.
Senior Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, N.Y.) was named the team's Most Valuable Defender for the second time in as many seasons. A three-time All-Ivy selection, Dixon was a versatile player on both ends of the court as she ranked second on the team and 10th in the league in scoring with 12.7 points per game. She also paced the Bears in rebounds and ranked sixth in the league in defensive rebounds. Dixon became the 16th Brown women's basketball player to reach the 1,000 point milestone on February 23, 2013, and her 1,070 career points makes her the 13th highest scorer in the program's history.
Senior Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, Calif.) earned the Harriet Sheridan Leadership Award, which is given to the teammate recognized as having an impact on the overall unity of the team. Nickel, who showcased her leadership as one of the team captains, started in all 13 games before suffering a season-ending injury, but still managed to average 6.7 points per game. She also led the Bears in free throw percentage, shooting 91.7 percent from the charity stripe.
Junior Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ontario) was honored with the Sixth Player Award for the second straight season after averaging 17.7 minutes per game off the bench. One of just three players to appear in all 28 games, Beutel shot 42.2 percent from the floor and pulled down 3.7 rebounds per contest.
Freshman Ellise Sharpe (Tipp City, Ohio) was handed the Hustle Award, which is given to the teammate who gave an extra 10 percent both physically and mentally during the season. A 1,000-point scorer from Tippecanoe High School, Sharpe appeared in 27 games for the Bears during her rookie campaign and proved to be a valuable weapon off the bench.
Freshman Natalie Ball (Orlando, Fla.) received the Most Improved Player Award for showing the most improvement through dedication to practice and determination to achieve a new level of play. After a successful career at Trinity High School where she amassed over 1,800 points, Ball appeared in 22 games with 14 starts as a rookie, averaging 15.8 minutes per game on the floor.
Sophomore Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) was named the second-ever recipient of the Coaches Award for being the player that best demonstrates throughout the season the true pride and spirit of the team's mission. Bikofsky, who was recognized for hard work, personal improvement and the willingness to understand, ranked third on the team in scoring with 8.8 points per game.