March 27, 2006
Warwick, RI - After earning a share of the 2006 Ivy League Title, Brown women's basketball Head Coach Jean Marie Burr and senior captain Sarah Hayes have been named the Division I Women's Coach and Player of the Year by Cox Sports Television Inc. and the Rhode Island Basketball Media. It marks the second straight year Burr has earned the Coach of the Year award while Hayes becomes the third consecutive Brown player to be named the RI Player of the Year.
Picked fourth in the Ivy Preseason Poll, Burr guided the Bears to an 18-10 overall record and a 12-2 mark in league play, leading to the first-ever three-way tie for the Ivy championship. It was Brown's first Ivy championship since the 1993-94 season. In her 18 years at the helm, Burr has directed the Bears to 14 .500 or better Ivy League seasons, including a 50-16 mark in the last four years. She recorded the 250th victory of her career in a win over Yale on Jan. 20th.
Hayes was named the Ivy League Player of the Year after leading Brown with 15.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals. She ranked within the top ten of seven different major statistical categories in the Ivy League, including second in scoring and first in steals and offensive rebounding as a 5'8" guard. She is just the fourth player in Brown women's basketball history to be named Ivy Player of the Year and the second to earn both Ivy Rookie and Player of the Year accolades. She is also just one of four players to be a four-time All-Ivy selection as she was a unanimous First Team selection in 2005 and 2006, and an Honorable Mention in 2003 & 2004.
She finished her career ranked fifth on Brown's all-time scoring list (1,377), sixth in rebounding (735) and third in steals (266). She became just the second player in Ivy women's basketball history and the first in Brown history (men's and women's) to amass over 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 250 assists and 250 steals in a career.