January 16, 2004

Women's Basketball Heads Into Ivy Season On Strong Note

Brown at Yale
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Lee Amphitheater-New Haven, CT

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The Brown women's basketball team opens up Ivy League play on Saturday night at Yale. The Bears, 6-6 on the season, have won their last four games while Yale is 2-10 on the year. The Bulldogs, after dropping their first nine games, have won two of their last three. It will be the 57th meeting between the two teams with Brown holding a 34-22 advantage. The Bears captured both contests last season, 84-77 and 70-55.

The Bears have not played since Jan. 8 when they defeated Navy, 65-59, on the road. Brown evened up its record to 6-6 on the strength of four straight victories after opening the season 2-6. The Bears have come from behind in all four victories with combined runs of 122-34 and have forced 95 total turnovers.

Senior forward Nyema Mitchell, who needs just four more points to reach 1,000 in her career, leads Brown with 13.8 points per game. She is averaging 19.7 in the last three games. Sophomore Sarah Hayes is pulling down a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game as a 5-8 guard. Senior Tanara Golston is second for Brown with 11.1 ppg and leads the Ivy League with 5.6 assists per game.

The Bulldogs faced George Washington on Monday and fell 81-57 at home. The team is still in search of its first home victory as its two wins have come on the road. The team captured back-to-back wins last week to end its dry spell. Yale took a 70-54 decision at Syracuse and followed with a 83-67 win at Lafayette. Freshman Erica Davis leads Yale with 11.9 ppg and 4.8 rpg. She broke the Yale single-game scoring record with 36 points in the team's first victory of the season against Syracuse.

Brown and Yale will meet again, this time in Providence, next Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest. The game will be televised live on Cox 3 in Rhode Island.