In honor of the 18th annual National Girls and Women In Sports Day, Brown University will be holding its Blitz The Pitz II promotion for its nationally televised women's basketball game versus Harvard on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Pizzitola Sports Center. Brown will be looking to break the all-time attendance record for women's basketball. Tickets for the game will be just $1.
Everyone in attendance will receive a free t-shirt and team poster and will be eligible for great raffle prizes from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, the Brown Bookstore and Brown Athletics.
A record crowd of 1,832 watched Brown battle it out in overtime with Harvard back on Feb. 8, 1991. The Crimson have won two straight Ivy League Championships and were unanimously selected to three-peat in a pre-season poll. The Bears, who were selected to finish third one point behind Penn, are currently 3-3 in the Ivy League 10-9 overall on the season while Harvard is 2-3 in league play and 9-9 overall.
Brown first introduced the Blitz the Pitz promotion in its season-closer with Harvard on Mar. 8, 2003. A top five crowd of over one thousand cheered the Bears on during the game.
The match-up will be televised live on the YES Network as part of the Ivy League's basketball television package. Available to viewers in New York, Connecticut, and large parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the YES Network can also be seen by DIRECTV subscribers who have the "SPORTS Pack," one of the provider's premium services. The YES Network airs on DIRECTV's channel 622.
National Girls and Women In Sports Day began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.
While Brown has the number one scoring defense in the Ivy League, Harvard has the number one scoring offense. Brown is holding teams to just 62.5 points per game with Harvard pouring in 75.4 a game.
The game will be the 55th meeting between Brown and Harvard with the all-time series standing dead even at 27-27. The Crimson have swept the season series the past two seasons. Brown's last win came during the 2000-01 season.
Senior Nyema Mitchell leads Brown with 14.9 points per game on the season. Hayes, last season's Ivy Rookie of the Year, is averaging a team-high 6.7 rebounds as one of the nation's top rebounding guards. Hayes is leading the league in steals with 2.32 per game. Senior Tanara Golston, who could break the Brown single-season assist record, leads the League with 6.3 assists per game. Golston is second on the team in scoring with 11.5 ppg. Hayes is nearly averaging double-digits with 9.7 ppg. Kelly returns to the line-up after missing the past three games with an injury, averaging 9.1 ppg.
For Harvard, senior Hana Peljto leads the league and is second in the nation in scoring with an 23.6 average while Cserny is third in the league with 18.4 ppg. Peljto, the Ivy Player of the Year last season, also leads the league in rebounding with 10.1 boards per game.