March 9, 2006
Princeton, NJ - Brown senior guard Sarah Hayes (Beaufort, SC) has been named the Ivy League's Player of the Year in a vote by the league's eight head coaches. In addition, Hayes was a unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection for the second straight season. Hayes becomes the first Brown player to earn Player of the Year honors since Martina Jerant '94 in 1993. Senior guard Colleen Kelly was named to the Second Team as well. Hayes and Kelly guided the Bears to their first Ivy League Title in 12 years and will be looking to carry the team into the NCAA Tournament this weekend at the Ivy Playoffs in New Haven.
Hayes finished second in scoring in league this season, averaging 15.8 points per game. She also led the Ivies in steals for the second straight year, making 2.63 per game. Her 7.1 rebounds ranked fifth in the Ancient Eight as only a 5'8" guard. Hayes also led the league in offensive rebounding with 3.1 per contest. Her 50.0% shooting ranked third in the league as well.
Hayes scored in double figures in all but three games this season, including a career-high 25 points against Hampton on Dec. 3. Over the course of Brown's last ten games, she has averaged nearly 17 points and nine rebounds, including four double-doubles in the last six games.
In the Bears Ivy-clinching victory over Penn last Saturday, she registered 23 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Hayes posted back-to-back double doubles in Brown's big wins over Harvard and Dartmouth at the Pizzitola Center back on Feb. 17 and 18. She also recorded the game-winning shot in a 64-62 win at Harvard on Jan, 28.
Only the second player in Ivy women's basketball history to amass over 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 250 assists and 250 steals, Hayes currently ranks fifth on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,363 points, third in steals with 264 and sixth in rebounding with 723.
Hayes was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2003 and has earned All-Ivy honors all four seasons, just the fourth player in Brown women's basketball history to accomplish that. This year, she was named Player of the Week three times.
Kelly finished eighth in the league in scoring during the regular season, averaging 13.0 points per game. Her 2.2 steals per game ranked third in the Ivy League while her 41.5 percent shooting behind the arc was fourth and 82.8 percent shooting at the line was third.
Kelly broke Brown's all-time three-point field goals record just five games into the season. She now ranks 12th in Ivy League history with 169 career threes. She scored the 1,000th point of her career in Brown's win over Harvard on Feb. 17, becoming the schools 16th 1,000 point scorer. She currently ranks 12th on the list with 1,060 points. She also ranks eighth all-time with 193 steals.
Playing in her hometown of New York, Kelly led Brown to victories over Columbia and Cornell on Feb. 24 and 25, leading to Ivy League Player of the Week honors. In the win over the Big Red, she tallied 22 points. She led Brown with 18 points in a 51-47 win at Yale.
Brown will play Dartmouth on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Yale in the first game of the Ivy League playoffs. The winner of that game will play Princeton for the Ivy League's NCAA automatic bid on Sunday at 2 p.m., again in New Haven.