March 7, 2006
Princeton, NJ - With Princeton and Dartmouth's victories on Tuesday night, history was made as the Ivy League has its first ever three-way tie for the 2006 women's basketball title. Brown was the first team to capture its share of the Ivy crown with its 70-62 win at Penn on Saturday night while the Tigers and Big Green earned their shares on Tuesday night. All three teams went 12-2 in Ivy play, all splitting against each other in the league's round robin setup. In order to determine which team will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, a three-way playoff will be held beginning on Friday at Yale.
At halftime of the Princeton/Penn men's basketball game on Tuesday night, which followed the Princeton women's game, a coin draw took place to determine which team would receive a first game bye in the Ivy playoff. Princeton was awarded the bye and Brown will face Dartmouth on Friday at 7 p.m. at Yale's John Lee Ampitheater. The winner of that game will play Princeton on Sunday at 2 p.m., once again at Yale.
Brown closed out the season 18-9 overall, matching its record last season. The Bears dropped a 73-51 decision at Dartmouth on Jan. 27 but rebounded with a 59-54 overtime victory in Providence. Brown also downed Princeton at the Pizzitola Center, 49-47, on Feb. 4 but fell 72-55 to the Tigers on Friday night in Princeton, NJ.
The last time the Bears took part in an Ivy League playoff was back in 1994 when it shared its fifth title in school history with Dartmouth. Brown defeated the Big Green in overtime to become the first Ivy League school to appear in the NCAA Tournament.