Dec. 5, 2003
Providence, RI - The Brown women's basketball team will welcome Boston College, LIberty University and the University of New Hampshire this weekend for the 12th annual Brown Classic. The Bears will take on the Wildcats Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first game of the tournament. Boston College will tip-off against Liberty at 3 p.m. in the second game. The winners of the two games will advance to the championship game on Sunday at 3 p.m. while the losers will play for third place prior to that at 1 p.m.
Brown enters its weekend tournament with a 1-4 record. The Bears have dropped their last four games with three losses coming by just five points or less, including a 64-59 loss to state rival Rhode Island Tuesday night. Brown fell to Delaware 60-47 despite holding the Blue Hens to just 25 percent shooting from the field at the Coca Cola Classic last weekend. The Bears suffered a tough 55-52 loss in the consolation match to UMass the following day. Senior Nyema Mitchell leads the team with 12.2 points per game and was named to the Coca Cola Classic All-Tournament Team. Junior Holly Robertson and sophomore Sarah Hayes are tied for first with 6.8 rebounds per game. Senior Tanara Golston is averaging a team-high 5.4 assists per game as well as a team-high 1.8 steals per game.
#24 Boston College comes to Providence with a perfect 5-0 record, including a 90-43 blow-out over Holy Cross Wednesday night. The Eagles captured the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational title on Saturday, Nov. 29 as it defeated Colorado State75-61 in the championship match. Boston College toppled Alabama in the opening round game, 77-56. Junior Jessalyn Deveny was named the Tournament MVP as well as the Big East Co-Player of the Week. She leads the team with 18.8 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game and 2.2 steals per game. Senior Amber Jacobs is second on the team with 18.2 points per game and is first with 4.0 assists per game.
The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 1-2 mark after dropping a 82-76 decision to Quinnipiac on Wednesday night. New Hampshire was nipped by Georgetown last Saturday, 61-60, as the Hoyas scored with three seconds remaining in the game to steal the victory. Sophomore Kate Poulin's runner with 0.1 seconds remaining lifted the Wildcats to a season-opening 86-85 victory over St. Bonaventure. Senior Maren Matthias leads the team with 23.7 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore Ebony Woods is second with 13.3 points per game. Sophomore Kate Poulin is averaging a team-high 5.3 assists per game.
The Flames are currently 2-3 on the season, after defeating South Carolina State 75-52 Thursday night. Prior to that, the Flames took part in the Seminole Classic in Tallahasee, FL where they placed last. Liberty gave Harvard all it could handle in the opening round game, battling the Crimson into double overtime. Harvard scored with five seconds remaining to come away with a 75-73 win. In the consolation game the following day, the Flames fell to Wisconsin-Milwaukee 65-56. Junior Katie Feenstra leads Liberty with 15.4 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. Junior Daina Staugaitiene is averaging a team-high 4.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
Last season, the Bears welcomed Lafayette, Vermont and Drexel to the Pizzitola Center in the 11th annual Brown Classic. The Catamounts took the title as Brown finished as the runner-up with a score of 72-47 in the match. Brown advanced to the championship game after defeating Lafayette in the opening round, 71-50. Tanara Golstona nd Nyema Mitchell were both named to the All-Tournament Team for the Bears.
The Bears have won two of the last five tournaments, capturing second place seven times. In the tournament's first year, Brown was joined by Vermont, Kent State and Villanova. The Bears beat Villanova 60-59, but took second at the Classic, losing to eventual NCAA qualifier Vermont, 81-69.
The following year, the field included Notre Dame, Wagner and Wisconsin. Brown downed Wagner, 76-48, in the opener, but once again fell in the championship game, as Notre Dame took home the title with a 58-54 win.
In the 2000-2001 Classic the Bears came in fourth, falling to Canisius 81-70 in the first round before losing to Butler 57-55 in the consolation game. Last season the Bears defeated Army 65-56 in the first round, but went on to fall to Texas A&M 75-65 in the championship game to capture second place.
The 1994 Classic featured Davidson, Loyola College of Maryland, and UNC-Greensboro, and the Bears, who advanced to the title game with a 70-42 win over Davidson, fell to Loyola in the championship game. In 1995, Brown was defeated by Siena in the opening round, 72-60, while Mt. St. Mary's defeated Furman 72-66 to advance to the title game. In the consolation game, Furman took third with a 74-72 OT victory over the Bears, while Mt. St. Mary's claimed the title with a 76-69 win over Siena.
The last six tournaments have seen the likes of Texas A&M, Marshall, Bucknell, Indiana State, Canisius and Army, as well as several other schools, participate in the Brown Classic. Brown won its first title in 1998, defeating IUPUI 70-65 and Tulsa 79-65 to win its first championship. The Bears followed that up with a pair of wins over High Point and Howard in 1999 to claim their second straight title. Center Rachael MacDonald was named tournament MVP, while Rada Pavichevich was named to the All-Tournament team.