Battle of the Bears Set For Saturday as Brown Takes On Maine

Jan. 5, 2006

Providence, RI -

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The Brown women's basketball team will begin play in the new year at home this Saturday at 2 p.m. as it hosts Maine. The game marks the seventh meeting between Brown and Maine as the Black Bears hold a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series, including a 60-51 win during the 2002-03 season. The last time the two met in Providence was back during the 1983-84 season when the Bears played at Marvel Gym. Both Brown and Maine have lost to URI and Ole Miss this season while Maine also lost to Ivy foe Dartmouth.

Brown broke out of a three game skid with a 67-55 win over Alabama State on New Year's Eve in the consolation game of the Georgia Tech/Atlanta Marriot NW Holiday Invite. Senior Colleen Kelly was named to the All-Tournament team as she averaged 19.0 points in the two games. Senior Sarah Hayes leads the Bears with 15.3 ppg and 6.1 rpg this season. Kelly is second with 12.2 ppg.

Saturday's game will be one of two final warm-ups for the Bears as they enter Ivy League play the following Saturday at Yale. Brown went 10-4 in the League last season.

Maine dropped its America East opener to Binghamton on Wednesday night, 66-56, as they fell to 4-7 overall on the year. The Black Bears have four players averaging double figures in Bracey Barker (12.8), Ashley Underwood (12.5), Abby Schrader (11.5) and Katie Whittier (10.0). The 6-3Schrader is also pulling down 10.3 rpg.

Brown assistant coach Cindy Blodgett played at Maine from 1994-1998, leading the Black Bears to their first four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Blodgett was the second woman in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in scoring for two consecutive seasons. She finished her career with the Black Bears with 3,005 points, breaking a total of 20 school records.