Women's Basketball Visits Princeton and Penn in Ivy League Doubleheader this Weekend
Brown (8-12, 2-4 Ivy) vs. Princeton (13-6, 4-1 Ivy)
Friday, Feb. 14 – 7:00 PM
Live Stream: Ivy League Digital Network
Brown (8-12, 2-4 Ivy) vs. Penn (14-5, 4-1 Ivy)
Saturday, Feb. 15 – 7:00 PM
Live Stream: Ivy League Digital Network
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After splitting last weekend's home Ivy League slate, the Brown women's basketball team embarks on a two-game trip to visit to league rivals, Princeton and Penn this weekend.
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LAST TIME OUT
After falling to Harvard on Friday night, the Brown women's basketball team (8-12, 2-4 Ivy) gained a weekend Ivy League split with a 71-55 triumph over Dartmouth (3-17, 0-6 Ivy) on Saturday at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
A season-high shooting percentage (.556) paced the Bears on Saturday as they connected on 25-of-45 attempts from the field, marking the fourth consecutive game of scoring at least 70 points.
Sophie Bikofsky netted four treys on Saturday, maintaining a nation-best 51.1-percent success rate from long distance and pulling in a team high six rebounds. Lauren Clarke chipped in 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting as she records double figures in scoring for the 18th time in 20 contests this season. She also added six assists and three steals in 38 minutes of action against the Big Green on Saturday.
Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.) netted 10 points in just 11 minutes of action while sophomore Natalie Ball (Orlando, Fla.) added eight points. Since being inserted as a starter three games ago, Ball has given the Bears a spark as she has averaged 8.7 points per game over that span.
CLARKE RECOGNIZED FOR CAREER TREYS
With 186 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 was recognized before last Friday night's game versus 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 (.511) and ranks fourth in three-point field goals per game (3.35). As a team, the Bears rank eighth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 38.5-percent of their attempts from behind the arc.
SOLID FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
The Bears boast a strong free throw percentage this season, recording a 73.9-percent success rate, good for 41st overall in the nation and first in the Ivy League. Jordin Alexander (.839) and Bikofsky (.823) rank second and third respectively in the league.
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 1,197 career points vault her into 11th on the all-time scoring list, seven points shy of Krista Butterfield '89 for 10th on the list. Her 16.9 points per game tops the Ivy League this season.
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 CHIPPING IN
Senior Sophie Beutel tallied a career high 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field against Columbia on Feb. 1 and has averaged 8.3 points per game off the bench in her last three contests.
JUKER POSTS CAREER HIGH
Co-captain Jordin Juker tallied a career-high 10 points against Harvard last Friday, the most points she has recorded since netting eight versus Bryant on Nov. 28, 2012.
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.
The Tigers and Bears will meet for the 68th time on Friday with Princeton holding a 38-29 advantage in the series. The Tigers have claimed recent success in the series, as they currently ride a 15-game winning streak over Brown dating back to 2006.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The Tigers enter the weekend averaging 73.8 points per game and a 47.2-percent field goal percentage, good for eighth overall in the nation. Princeton scored two convincing Ivy League road wins last weekend, 70-41 over Columbia last Friday before triumphing over Cornell, 71-56 on Saturday. Brown will look to slow down Blake Dietrick, the Tigers' leading scorer (14.8 ppg) and three-point shooter (.443) as she ranks second in the league in field-goal percentage (.502) and 17th in the nation with her success rate from behind the arc. Kristen Helmstetter's 6.2 rebounds per game boost a Tigers squad that ranks 17th overall in the country in rebounding margin.
Saturday will denote the 73rd meeting between the schools with the Quakers holding a slight 37-35 advantage while claiming five of the last six contests. Brown's last victory came on Feb. 12, 2012, a thrilling 59-55 overtime win at the Palestra.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Senior guard Alyssa Baron leads Penn with 14.7 points per game while freshman center Sydney Stipanovich has paced a stout Quakers defense that has yielded only a 34.5-percent field goal percentage to opponents this season. Stipanovich has dominated the paint for Penn this season, averaging 3.63 blocks per game, good for fourth overall in the nation while chipping in with 11.2 points per game.
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The Bears begin the first half of a four-game home stand next weekend as they host Columbia on Friday before welcoming Cornell on Saturday.