BrownBearsTV correspondent Maegan Sloggett sits down with Head Coach Jean Marie Burr to preview the Bears match-up with the Yale Bulldogs this Friday at 7 PM.
Brown (6-8, 0-0 Ivy) vs. Yale (6-8, 0-0 Ivy)
Friday, Jan. 17 – 7:00 PM
Pizzitola Sports Center
Live Stream: BrownBears.TV
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's basketball team opens up its 2013-14 Ivy League slate with the front-end of a home-and-home set against Yale on Friday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
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LAST TIME OUT
Martina Matejcikova's trey with 1:45 to play cut a Brown comeback bid short as the NJIT Highlanders held off the Bears, 48-43 at the Estelle Zoom and Fleisher Athletic Center on Saturday. Brown concludes its non-conference schedule at 6-8 overall before entering Ivy League play against Yale next Friday night.
Matejcikova (13 points) and Alyssa Albanese (10 points) each scored in double figures for the 5-15 Highlanders.
Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) led the way for the Bears with 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field.
Junior Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) added three points and a team-high eight rebounds.
SHARPE RECORDS FIRST CAREER START
After providing a spark off the bench all season, sophomore Ellise Sharpe registered her first career start last Saturday against NJIT.
THE NUMBER 28
Clarke recorded a career-high 28 points in the January 3rd, 77-74 overtime loss to New Hampshire, eclipsing her previous high of 27 set on November 20 at Bryant. The senior co-captain has scored in double figures in 13-of-14 games this season. With 28 points on December 4 versus URI, Bikofsky eclipsed her previous high of 23 points set on Nov. 16 at Saint Peter's. The junior guard has scored in double figures in 11-of-14 games this season.
LETHAL FROM DOWNTOWN
Bikofsky tops the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.516) and ranks third in three-point field goals per game (3.43). The Bears as a team rank ninth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 39.3 percent of their attempts from behind the arc.
Freshman guard, Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.), ranks second overall in the Ivy League in assist turnover ratio (1.68) while the team ranks in the top-50 in the nation and first in the Ivy League with only 14.3 turnovers per game.
1,000 POINT MILESTONE
Clarke finished with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, six treys, and six rebounds, as she became the 17th player in team history to record 1,000 points on December 8. Clarke's 1,101 career points vault her into 11th on the all-time scoring list while her 17.3 points per game this season ranks second in the league behind Fanni Szabo of Dartmouth (17.6).
THE 90-POINT PLATEAU
The Bears reached the 90-point mark on November 30 against UMBC for the first time since scoring 96 versus Westfield State on December 14, 1982.
OUTSCORING THE OPPONENTS
Despite a 6-8 record to date, the Bears have outscored their opponents by an 914-882 margin.
A GOOD RUN FOR ALEXANDER
Alexander has reached double figures in four consecutive games for the Bears, shooting a gaudy 18-of-27 (.667) from the field in that span.
Friday marks the 77th all-time meeting between the two schools with Brown holding 43-33 edge. Yale has left the Pizzitola Sports Center with wins in their last three trips, including a 59-47 triumph in their last meeting on January 26, 2013. The last Bears victory on Williams Court came on January 15, 2010, a 60-56 decision over the Bulldogs.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Brown will look to contain the duo of Sarah Halejian and senior captain Janna Graf on Friday. The guards lead the Bulldogs in scoring this season, as Halejian averages 15.7 points per game while Graf has recorded 10.4 points per game in 2013-14. The Bears will battle 6-foot-1 forward Meredith Boardman on the glass, as the sophomore has averaged just under seven rebounds per game this season.
Brown will look to attack a defense that has surrendered a 44.9-percent field goal percentage to opponents this season.
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Brown and Yale will battle next Friday in the back-end of their home-and-home series at Payne Whitney Gymnasium.