Jan. 19, 2006
Providence, RI -
The Brown women's basketball team will play its Ivy League home-opener on Friday at 7 p.m. against Yale. The game will be the second straight meeting between Brown and Yale as the two met in New Haven last weekend. The Bears escaped with a 51-47 victory, their seventh straight over the Bulldogs. Senior Colleen Kelly had a team-high 18 points along with seven steals.
Last season, the Bears cruised to a 65-38 win in New Haven and followed up with a 72-56 victory in Providence. The Bulldog's 38 points were the fewest Brown has allowed in a game since 1991 and the fewest in an Ivy League game since 1974, the Bears second season of basketball. Senior Sarah Hayes netted 22 and 16 points in the sweep. Brown holds a 39-22 lead in the all-time series which began back in 1974.
Hayes continues to lead the Bears with 14.7 ppg along with 5.8 rpg. She ranks in the top ten of six different catagories in the Ivy League, including fifth in scoring and field goal percentage (45.2%) and second in steals (2.31). With her seven steals against the Bulldogs, Kelly upped her average to a league-best 2.38 per game. Like Hayes, Kelly ranks in the top ten of six catagories as well. Her 12.5 ppg ranks second for Brown and eighth in the League while her 43.3% shooting behind the arc is fifth in the Ivies. Junior Ashley King-Bischof is third for the Bears with 9.1 ppg and second with 5.5 rpg.
Yale has struggled this season with a 1-13 record. The team's lone win came against Lehigh on Jan. 2. Both Sara McCollum '08 and Chinenye Okafor '07, who combined to score 31 points and pull down 22 rebounds against Brown last week, lead Yale with 9.1 ppg each this season.
Despite shooting 29% from the field, the Bears outscored the Bulldogs 19-4 at the free throw line and recorded 20 steals to push past Yale last Saturday. Kelly shot 11-15 from the foul line, including 3-4 down the stretch to keep the Bulldogs at bay. Freshman Catherine Schaper added a season-high eight points and five rebounds.
Both teams struggled in a closely contested first half as neither gained a lead greater than three points. Brown used an 18-3 run in the second half to take a 42-30 lead but Yale countered with a 12-2 drive to cut the lead to two, 44-42, with 5:56 remaining. Shortly after, Brown was dealt a tough blow when Hayes fouled out of the game. It marked just the second time in her last 32 games dating back to last season she did not score double figures, leaving with six points in 18 minutes.
A three by junior Lena McAfee gave Brown a five-point cushion, 47-42, while Kelly's three free throws in the closing minutes was enough for the Bears to hang on for the victory.
Brown was coming off a disappointing 67-46 loss at Marist. The Bears were again plagued by cold shooting all night as they made just 15 of 58 attempts. King-Bischof led Brown with 15 points and six rebounds. The Red Foxes had prevously defeated Cornell, Penn and Harvard in the midst of their nine-game win streak. .
In their last game at home, Brown defeated Maine 55-46. Hayes and Kelly combined to score 39 points as Brown dominated the boards, 43-28. Brown sports a 3-2 record at home this season.