November 27, 2013

Women's Basketball Heads to Annapolis for the Navy Classic

 

Game Notes

 

Brown (2-2, 0-0 Ivy) vs. Navy (4-2, 0-0 Patriot)

Friday, Nov. 29 – 6 p.m.

Annapolis, Md. – Navy Classic

Alumni Hall

Live Stream: Patriot League Network

 

Brown (2-2, 0-0 Ivy) vs. UMBC (1-5, 0-0 America East)

Saturday, Nov. 30 – 3:30 p.m.

Annapolis, Md. – Navy Classic

Alumni Hall

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's basketball team looks to rebound off the heels of a 67-65 heartbreaking loss at Army last Saturday.  The Bears' five-game road trip concludes at the Navy Classic against host Navy on Friday and UMBC on Saturday at Alumni Hall.

 

Fans can tune in on the Patriot League Network for Friday's game or follow along on twitter @BrownHoops for both games.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Despite closing the game on a 29-12 run, the Brown women's basketball team's comeback bid fell just short in a 67-65 defeat at Army on Saturday. 

 

Reigning Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.), and co-captain Lauren Clarke combined for 16 and 19 points respectively for the Bears. 

 

Bikofsky continued her success from behind the arc, tallying treys on 4-of-5 attempts.  Clarke's strong drives to the hoop resulted in 7-of-14 from the field and seven attempts from the line.

 

CLARKE RECORDS CAREER HIGH IN POINTS

Lauren Clarke's 27 points at Bryant last Wednesday were a career high and equals the most single-game points from a Brown player since Lindsey Nickel's 27 points versus Saint Peter's on November 10, 2012.

 

LETHAL FROM DOWNTOWN

Brown ranks third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (46.8%), shooting an impressive 37-of-79 from behind the arc.  Bikofsky also ranks fourth in the nation in the category, converting on 14-of-22 attempts from three (63.6%).

 

BALL SECURITY

The Bears have taken care of the ball this season, ranking first in the Ivy League and 14th in the nation, averaging just 11.8 turnovers per game.  Brown also tops the Ivy League in assist turnover ratio (0.96) and scoring defense (62.5 points per game).

DOWN TO THE WIRE

The two Bears losses this season have been by a combined three points, a one-point loss to Lafayette on November 10 and a two-point setback at the hands of Army last Saturday in West Point.

 

VS. NAVY

Friday marks the 3rd meeting between the two schools and the first meeting since the Bears scored a 64-54 victory over the Mids on January 18, 2005.  Brown holds a 2-0 lead in the all-time series.

 

SCOUTING THE MIDS

Navy boasts four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by senior guard Kara Pollinger's 13.7 points per game and a 45% field goal percentage from behind the arc.  Junior Jade Geif is shooting a gaudy 52.6% from the floor while averaging 12.5 points per game for the Mids.  Chloe Stapleton and Audrey Bauer have also provided significant contributions for Navy, each averaging 10 points per game in 2013-14.  Like the Bears, Navy has found success from long-distance this season, ranking eighth in the nation in three-point field goals per game (9.8).

 

VS. UMBC

The Bears haven't boasted the same success against the Retrievers, dropping both meetings against UMBC including a 75-55 defeat on November 28, 2010.  The first meeting between the schools took place on January 4, 1991, a 67-64 UMBC win.

 

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

After a season-opening win against Eastern (Pa.), UMBC enters the weekend on a five-game losing streak, including a 64-57 defeat at Towson on Tuesday night.  Freshman forward Sara Tarbert leads the Retrievers in all major offensive categories – averaging 17.5 points per game, a 50.6% field goal percentage, and eight rebounds per game.  Slow starts have plagued the Retrievers this season as they have been outscored by a 197-135 margin in the first half.

 

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UP NEXT

Brown will resume its home slate on December 4 as they battle in-state rival, Rhode Island, at the Pizzitola Sports Center.