Bears Back In Action This Friday At Atlanta Marriot NW Holiday Tourney

Bears Back In Action This Friday At Atlanta Marriot NW Holiday Tourney

Dec. 26, 2005

Atlanta, GA -

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The Brown women's basketball team will be back in action on Friday after a three-week hiatus. The Bears will take part in the Atlanta Marriot NW Holiday Tournament hosted by Georgia Tech. Brown, 3-5 on the season, will play UMass on Friday at 3 p.m. and face either the Yellowjackets or Alabama State on New Year's Eve. Head Coach Jean Marie Burr is looking to lead Brown to its second tournament title of the season as the team captured the Brown Classic Title earlier this month.

Brown will be in search of its first win over UMass as the Minutewomen have taken all six previous meetings against the Bears, including a 55-52 win during the 2002-03 season. Brown is 10-30 lifetime and 0-1 this season against A-10 opponents with its 75-71 loss to Rhode Island. A meeting with either Georgia Tech or Alabama St. on Saturday will be a first for Brown. The Bears are 5-9 lifetime against the ACC while the team has only faced Alcorn St. in the SWAC, splitting two games with the Braves.

The Bears enter the weekend 3-5 on the season with their last game being played back on Dec. 10. After winning the Brown Classic with wins over Hampton and Stony Brook, the Bears dropped their next two games to Boston University and George Mason.

Ivy League Player of the Year candidate senior guard Sarah Hayes leads Brown in virtually every catagory, including 16.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Senior guard Colleen Kelly ranks second with 10.5 ppg. Junior forward Ashley King-Bischof is third in scoring with 9.3 ppg and second in rebounding with 5.9 per game.

UMass is 2-7 on the year, having dropped its last four games. Pam Rosanio leads the team with 13.9 ppg while Tamara Tatham ispulling down a team-high 8.9 rpg.

Georgia Tech, 9-1 on the season, has three players averaging double figures with Stephanie Higgs, Janie Mitchell and Chioma Nnamaka all posting just over 11 ppg. Alabama St. is 2-4 on the year with Rhonda Brown leading the way with 13.0 ppg.