Women's Basketball Opens Four-Game Home Stand Against Columbia and Cornell
Brown (8-14, 2-6 Ivy) vs. Columbia (5-17, 2-6 Ivy)
Friday, Feb. 21 – 7:00 PM
Pizzitola Sports Center
Live Stream: BrownBears.TV
Brown (8-14, 2-6 Ivy) vs. Cornell (12-10, 4-4 Ivy)
Saturday, Feb. 22 – 6:00 PM
Pizzitola Sports Center
Live Stream: BrownBears.TV
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's basketball team returns home to the friendly confines of the Pizzitola Sports Center this weekend as they play host to Columbia on Friday and Cornell on Saturday to open a four-game home stand.
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LAST TIME OUT
Despite outscoring Penn in the second half, the Brown women's basketball team (8-14, 2-6 Ivy) couldn't rally from an early deficit as they dropped a 78-51 decision to the Quakers at the Palestra on Saturday night.
Sydney Stipanovich's double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Alyssa Baron's game-high 22 points and seven assists paced the Quakers to their 16th win of the season. Kathleen Roche chipped in 15 points for Penn as they outscored the Bears by a 22-8 margin in the paint on Saturday.
Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) led the way for Brown with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc while Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) sank three treys and finished with nine points overall on the night. The Bears got a solid contribution from the bench by junior Nelly Weledji (Overland Park, Kan.), as she tied a career-high with eight points and hauled in four rebounds. Freshman Rebecca Musgrove added six points and tied a season-high with seven assists.
CLARKE RECOGNIZED FOR CAREER TREYS
With 193 career three-pointers, Lauren Clarke 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 for the feat on Feb. 7 versus Harvard.
LETHAL FROM DOWNTOWN
Bikofsky tops the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.511) and ranks sixth in three-point field goals per game (3.27). As a team, the Bears rank ninth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 38.7-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 73.8-percent success rate, good for 42nd overall in the nation and first in the Ivy 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 1,224 career points vault her into ninth on the all-time scoring list past Margaret Fuchs '91. Her 16.6 points per game ranks second overall in the Ivy League this season.
WELEDJI TIES CAREER HIGH
Junior guard Nelly Weledji matched a career high with eight points, including 2-of-2 from behind the arc, in last Saturday's game at Penn.
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 7.4 points per game off the bench in her last five contests.
JUKER POSTS CAREER HIGH
Co-captain Jordin Juker tallied a career-high 10 points against Harvard on Feb. 7, the most points she has recorded since netting eight versus Bryant on Nov. 28, 2012.
ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT & WBCA RECOGNITION
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. Clarke was also selected for the 2014 class of the WBCA "So You Want To Be A Coach" program, a workshop to be held in Nashville from April 4-6.
Saturday will denote the 56th meeting all-time between the Bears and Lions. Brown holds a 38-17 edge, but Columbia boasts recent success, claiming nine of the previous 13 meetings between the schools. The Bears grabbed a 79-57 victory at Levien Gym on Feb. 1 as they led wire-to-wire on the strength of Clarke's 23 points, Bikofsky's 18 points, and Beutel's career-high 11 points.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
The Lions registered three players in double figures en route to a 65-59 win at Dartmouth last Saturday. Miwa Tachibana led the way with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field while Courtney Bradford hauled in 11 rebounds. Tori Oliver paces the Columbia attack, averaging a team best 10.2 points per game.
Friday marks the 70th all-time meeting between the two schools with Brown holding a 47-22 edge in the series. A valiant second half effort from the Bears wasn't enough in the team's first meeting of the season on January 31, as Cornell got 24 points from Shelly Lyman in a 80-70 win at Newman Arena.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Brown will look to contain Cornell's Allyson DiMagno (13.7 ppg) and Nia Marshall (12.8 ppg). DiMagno tops the Ivy League in free throw percentage (.848) while Marshall checks in third in the league with 1.95 steals per game. Cornell split last weekend's Ivy doubleheader with a 78-59 triumph at Dartmouth before falling 84-69 at league-leading Harvard on Saturday.
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Brown continues its four-game home stand next weekend against Penn and Princeton.