Feb. 22, 2006
Providence, RI -
The Brown women's basketball team will play its final two home games of the regular season this weekend as it hosts Columbia on Friday and Cornell on Saturday. The Bears will be looking to capture their first undefeated Ivy home season since 1983-84 as they have gone 5-0 this season. Currently holding a half game lead over Dartmouth in the Ivy standings, the Bears will be eager to hear the final score in Hanover on Friday as the Big Green host third place Princeton.
With four games left in the season, Brown has its best record in the Ivy League since the 1992-93 season when it finished 13-1. With its wins over Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend, the Bears moved into first place in the League. Brown handed Dartmouth its first Ivy loss of the season in an overtime thriller.
In control of their own destiny, the Bears will need to win the next four games and hope for another Dartmouth loss, in order to win the Ivy Title outright. Should their be a tie for the Title, a playoff game will take place to determine who will receive the NCAA bid. Should Princeton win its next four, which includes games against the Bears and the Big Green, there could be a three-way tie for the Title.
In the last meeting two weeks ago in New York, Brown cruised past Columbia, 62-39. The win was the Bears largest margin of victory of the season. The Bears hold a 37-8 lead in the all-time series.
The last meeting with Cornell proved to be another close battle, as Brown escaped with a 71-68 victory. Six of the Bears nine Ivy wins have been decided by five points or less.
Senior Sarah Hayes, the Ivy League's Co-Player of the Week, recorded double-doubles in both of Brown's wins last weekend. She ranks third in the League with 15.0 ppg and sixth in rebounding with 6.8 rpg. She also leads the league with 2.74 steals per game. Senior Colleen Kelly is second for the Bears and seventh in the league with 13.4 ppg. Her 2.3 spg rank second in the league.
Prior to the start of Saturday's game against the Big Red, Brown will honors its four seniors, who have compiled 64 wins since the 2002-03 season, including 37 in conference play.