Mitchell named Eastern Rookie of the Week

(Jan. 18, 2001) -- Brown freshman forward Nyema Mitchell (Birmingham, Alabama) picked up another honor on January 18, as she was named the Eastern College Women's Basketball Coaches and Media Association Rookie of the Week.

Mitchell, who on Monday was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, calmly buried two free throws with just 6.4 seconds left on the clock on Saturday night against Harvard, giving Brown the 59-57 victory over the Crimson and its first 2-0 start in league play since 1996-97. Last Monday night, Mitchell scored a career-high 19 points and added six rebounds, helping Brown snap a two-game losing streak with a 60-44 win over Sacred Heart.

For the season, Mitchell is now averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, and is shooting better than 52% from the field. She also leads the Bears in blocked shots with 21.

Mitchell was a graduate of St. Bernard's Prep in Birmingham, Alabama, where she scored more than 2500 career points, with per game averages of 29 points and 14 boards for her career. She was named a high school Honorable Mention All-American by Street and Smith's.

The Brown women, now 7-7 and 2-0 in the Ivy League, face Yale in New Haven on Friday night. Game time is 6:00 and will be broadcast on 1240-AM and via the Internet at