Feb. 9, 2006
Providence, RI -
Winners of six of its last seven games, the Brown women's basketball team will look to gain ground on first place Dartmouth with a pair of victories this weekend at Cornell and Columbia. The Bears moved into second place in the Ivy standings with wins over Penn and perviously undefeated Princeton last weekend. They stand at 11-8 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League.
Friday's meeting with Cornell will be the 53rd of the series as Brown holds a commanding 39-13 lead. The Bears have won the last four meetings, including 64-46 and 67-63 victories last season. Head Coach Jean Marie Burr is 20-10 lifetime against the Big Red while the last ten meetings have been split, 5-5.
Saturday's match-up with Columbia will be the 45th all-time meeting. The Bears dominated the series in the 80's and 90's but the Lions have come on strong this decade, picking up five of their eight total wins over the Bears since the 2000-01 season. Last season, however, Brown took both games, cruising to a 68-44 win in Providence and hanging on for a 66-56 win in NYC.
Senior Sarah Hayes continues to lead Brown in all facets as one of the finest all-around players in Ivy history. She leads Brown with 14.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 steals per game and is in a close second behind senior Colleen Kelly with 2.4 assists per game. Kelly is second in scoring with 13.2 ppg. Her 2.2 spg also rank second while her 4.7 rpg rank third. Junior Lena McAfee has come on strong in Ivy play, averaging 7.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in Ivy play.
Cornell is currently 6-13 overall and 3-3 in the Ivies. They are led by freshman Jeomi Maduka, who is averaging 13.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Columbia enters this weekend with a 4-15 overall and 0-6 conference mark. Megan Griffith is averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game while Michele Gage is adding 11.2 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game.