Aug. 28, 2008
Providence, RI - Brown women's basketball coach Jean Marie Burr, who enters her 21st year at the helm, has released her team's 2008-2009 schedule. With 11 letter winners returning, including four starters from the 2007-2008 squad, the Bears' will be ready to face Providence College in their season opener at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Alumni Hall.
After facing the Friars, Brown hosts Quinnipiac (Nov. 16), Georgetown (Nov. 19), and Rhode Island (Nov. 25) before heading to Orono, Maine for the Dead River Company Classic at the University of Maine from Nov. 28-29. The Bears are slated to take on the University of Maine, and either West Virginia or NJIT.
Bruno brings in December with an away contest at Boston University on Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m., and will then host the Brown Bear Basketball Classic Dec. 6-7. Competing in the tournament is Long Island University, William & Mary and the University of Massachusetts. After a three-week break for finals, Brown heads south for the University of Miami Holiday Tournament from Dec. 29-30. Competing is Miami, Duquesne and Auburn University.
Brown begins 2009 with three non-conference games as it hosts Army (Jan. 4), then travels to American (Jan. 6) and heads back to Providence to take on Bryant (Jan. 10). Ivy League action starts on Jan. 16 against Yale in New Haven, as the Bears will then host the Bulldogs on Jan. 23. Brown then challenges Cornell (Jan. 30), Columbia (Jan. 31), Dartmouth (Feb. 6), and Harvard (Feb. 7) all at 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The Bears hit the road for four road games against Penn (Feb. 13), Princeton (Feb. 14), Columbia (Feb. 20) and Cornell (Feb. 21), and then heads back to Providence to host its final two home games against Princeton on Feb. 27 and Penn on Feb. 28 both at 7:00 p.m. The 2009 regular-season campaign will end with Harvard on March 6 and Dartmouth on March 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Coach Burr also welcomes four newcomers to College Hill who will be playing for the Bears this upcoming season. Burr's recruiting class includes Sthefany Alviar (Panorama City, CA), Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ), Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) and Lindsay Steele (Erial, NJ).
A three-year letter winner hailing from Birmingham High School, Alviar was named to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Las Angeles Section All-City team in both 2006 and 2007. A team captain for two seasons, Alviar averaged 10.2 points-per-game. She earned All-West Valley League honors in 2006 and 2007, and was selected to the LA Daily Newspaper All-Area team in 2007.
Daniels, a 1,000-point scorer from Immaculate Heart Academy, finished her senior year averaging 14 points and eight rebounds per game. A two-year captain, the five-foot-10 forward was named to the Bergen Record All-County Second Team, and also the Bergen Record All NNJIL League First Team her junior year. After her sophomore season she was the NJSIAA State Championship MVP, Bergen Record All- County Honorable Mention, and received Bergen Record All-NNJIL League First Team honors.
A four-year starter and two-year captain, Passafuime was a 2007-2008 Cal Hi Sports Division III First Team All-State selection and a Santa Cruz Sentinel Female Athlete of the Year. Scoring 2,142 career points, Passafuime also received the 2007-08 KION Scholar Athlete of the Year award and was an All-Northern California First Team pick. She was named the MVP of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League two consecutive years, and led the California Central Coast Section in scoring during her junior and senior seasons. She averaged 23.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game her senior year, and scored a career-high 49 points in a Central Coast Section quarterfinal playoff game.
Steele, a four-year letter winner and starter from Timber Creek High School, guided her squad to three Olympic Conference Patriot Division Championships. She was a three-time First Team All-Conference selection, and was selected to play in the Al Carino South Jersey All-Star game. Steele netted 1,090 career points, averaging 15 points per game, and was named an NJSIAA Scholar Athlete in 2008.