Sept. 2, 2005
Providence, RI - The Brown University women's basketball team will welcome five newcomers along with new assistant coach Katie Toole as it prepares for the 2005-06 season. After a two-year stint as an assistant at Manhattanville College, Toole joins Head Coach Jean Marie Burr's staff this season.
Toole, a graduate of Sacred Heart University, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2000. As a member of the Pioneers basketball team, Toole excelled as an outside shooter. She finished her career at Sacred Heart second all-time in three-pointers made, and she also holds second place for three-pointers made in a game.
Burr and her staff have brought in a group of first-rate recruits with three hailing from Colorado with extensive state tournament experience and two which hold their high school's all-time scoring record.
Amy Ehrhart (Golden, CO) led Wheat Ridge High School to three straight sweet 16 appearances in the state tournament. One of the state's top rebounders, Ehrhart's 6'2" frame will add much needed depth up front with the departure of team captain and starter Andrea Conrad '05 and 6'5" First Team All-Ivy center Holly Robertson '05.
Jacyln Goldbarg (El Cajon, CA), a WBCA All-American nominee, broke virtually every offensive record at Grossmont High School. She led San Diego County with 28.2 points per game as a senior, breaking Grossmont's all-time scoring record. Goldbarg also holds the record for assists and set career-highs of 47 points and 18 assists last season. Her naturally ability to score will aid the Brown backcourt tremendously.
Alexandra Katich (Denver, CO) is another All-State selection out of Colorado. As only a freshman, J.K. Mullen High School won the state championship thanks to Katich's game-winning basket. A very athletic guard with quick decision-making skills, she will make an immediate impact on the program.
Being added to the roster this season is yet another player with ample high school state tournament experience. Megan McCahill (Highlands Ranch, CO) helped lead Thunder Ridge High School to three straight state championships. The team complied a state record 62 straight in-state wins from 2002-2005. As a four-time All-State Honorable Mention, McCahill ranks sixth in all-time scoring at Thunder Ridge, fourth in assists, fifth in steals and third in rebounding as a 5'8" guard.
One of the top high school players in the state of Texas, Catherine Schaper (Houston, TX) will join the Bears frontcourt this season. She led Second Baptist High School to the state finals for the first time in history and poured in a career-high 41 points in that game. Like Goldbarg, she holds several school records, including the career scoring and rebounding marks. As a senior she averaged 23.2 points per game and 11.6 rebounds as a 6'3" forward. A four-time All-State selection, Schaper will help give Brown the balanced scoring attack it will need.
As it preps for its Ivy League season, Brown will face the likes of South Dakota State, Marist, George Mason and Boston University to name a few. The team will also take part in three tournaments, including its own annual tourney, the Brown Classic, which will open up the home portion of its schedule on Dec. 3-4. Featured in this year's tournament will be Hampton, Stony Brook and WNIT participant Arkansas State.
Brown will travel down to the University of Rhode Island to take part in its tournament that also includes Mississippi and Villanova on Nov. 26-27. Beginning on Dec. 30, the Bears will be featured in Georgia Tech's tournament along with UMass and Alabama State.
The Bears season will get underway on Friday, Nov. 18 at Fairfield. The team is coming off an 18-9 season as it captured the third most wins in the program's history and its most since the 1993-94 season. First Team All-Ivy selection senior guard Sarah Hayes (Beaufort, SC) returns to headline the Brown line-up as does senior guard Colleen Kelly (Rochester, NY).