Women's Basketball Entertains Harvard and Dartmouth This Weekend
Brown (7-11, 1-3 Ivy) vs. Harvard (13-5, 3-1 Ivy)
Friday, Feb. 7 – 7:00 PM
Pizzitola Sports Center
Live Stream: BrownBears.TV
Brown (7-11, 1-3 Ivy) vs. Dartmouth (3-15, 0-4 Ivy)
Saturday, Feb. 8 – 6:00 PM
Pizzitola Sports Center
Live Stream: BrownBears.TV
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Fresh off its first Ivy win of the season, the Brown women's basketball team returns home for contests against Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Fans can follow along on twitter @BrownHoops for live, in-game updates.
LAST TIME OUT
Paced by Sophie Beutel's (Toronto, Ont.) career-high 11 points and Lauren Clarke's (Colts Neck, N.J.) 23 points, the Brown women's basketball team (7-11, 1-3 Ivy) snapped a four-game losing skid with a 79-57 win over Columbia (4-14, 1-3 Ivy) on Saturday night.
Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) chipped in with 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting from long distance to raise her three-point field goal percentage to 51.3 this season. Brown shot a sizzling 49.1-percent from the field and connected on 9-of-19 attempts from long range (.474).
The Bears got the start they were looking for on Saturday night as they jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead on the strength of treys from Clarke and Bikofsky. The Lions responded with seven straight points before Brown embarked on a 12-3 run to extend its lead to 20-10.
Coach Jean Marie Burr went with a modified starting five on Saturday and it paid off as Jordin Juker (Boise, Idaho) and Natalie Ball (Orlando, Fla.) gave the Bears solid contributions in the first half. Ball chipped in with seven points and gave Brown a strong presence on the glass, pulling in four rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. She finished with nine points and six rebounds total in 26 minutes of action.
CLARKE TO BE RECOGNIZED
With 183 career three-pointers, Lauren Clarke now tops the Brown record book in that category, surpassing assistant coach Colleen Kelly's previous record of 170 on January 3. Clarke's feat will be recognized before Friday's game against Harvard.
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 16-of-18 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 14-of-18 games this season.
LETHAL FROM DOWNTOWN
Bikofsky tops the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.513) and ranks fifth in three-point field goals per game (3.33). As a team, the Bears rank eighth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 39.3-percent of their attempts from behind the arc.
SUCCESS FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
Alexander ranks second in the Ivy League in free throw percentage (.839), trailing Cornell's Allyson DiMagno (.845). Brown checks in at 73.4-percent overall as a team, good for first in the Ivy League and 50th in the nation.
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 1,164 career points vault her into 11th on the all-time scoring list while her 17.1 points per game this season tops the Ivy League.
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.
BEUTEL NOTCHES CAREER HIGH
Sophie Beutel tallied a career high 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field at Columbia last Saturday.
Clarke was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team in an announcement made by CoSIDA on January 30. As a First Team honoree, she is eligible for Capital One Academic All-American consideration with First Team selections from the other seven districts.
Friday marks the 77th all-time meeting between the two schools with Harvard holding a 43-33 edge in the series. The Crimson has claimed recent success over the Bears as they have left 12 of the last 14 meetings with a win, including a 77-71 triumph over Brown in the most recent meeting on February 22, 2013.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Brown will try to slow down the Crimson's duo of Temi Fagbenle and Christine Clark on Friday as the Harvard enters the weekend averaging 70.9 points per game. In 2013-14, Fagbenle has averaged nearly a double-double per game, scoring 12.9 points per game and hauling in 9.6 rebounds per game while Clark ranks second in the league in scoring with 16.5 points per contest. Harvard finds itself in a three-way tie atop the Ivy League standings despite dropping a 67-38 decision to Penn last weekend for its first league loss.
Saturday will denote the 74th meeting between the schools with Dartmouth holding a 50-23 edge in the all-time series. The Bears have claimed four of the last six matchups, but have dropped the last two games played at the Pizzitola Sports Center, including a 49-41 decision to the Big Green on February 1, 2013.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
The Big Green enter the weekend after dropping five of its last six games, including a 76-53 decision to Princeton last Saturday. Dartmouth is led by 6-foot-1 freshman, Fanni Szabo as she ranks third overall in Ivy League scoring with 15.5 points per game this season. The Big Green has also gotten a strong contribution from Lakin Roland as she averages 10.4 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field, good for ninth in the league.
HONORING CHASE KOWALSKI
The Brown and Harvard women's basketball teams will dedicate Friday's game to honor Chase Kowalski. Chase was one of the victims in Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, 2012. To honor his memory, the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund was created.
Fans attending the game can donate to The Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund at the entrance to the Pizzitola Sports Center. For more information on Chase and the fund created in his memory visit:
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The Bears will hit the road next weekend with key Ivy League contests at Princeton and Penn.