Crusaders Wrap-Up Non-Conference Slate Tuesday Versus Brown
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (7-7, 0-0 PL) vs. Brown (5-7, 0-0 IVY)
Date: January 8, 2013
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 4-0
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 81, Brown 74 (January 16, 2012, Providence, R.I.)
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Cl.
F, 31, Raquel Scott, 6-0, Fr.
F, 32, Amy Lepley, 6-0, Sr.
F, 34, Christine Ganser, 6-1, Jr.
G, 2, Brisje Malone, 5-9, Jr.
G, 22, Alex Smith, 5-8, Jr.
CRUSADERS RETURN HOME FOR THREE GAMES: After playing its last eight games on the road, Holy Cross will return to the Hart Center for a three-game home stand, beginning with Brown on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 11:30 a.m. This game will be Holy Cross' second annual "Get Fit with the Crusaders Day," in which over 1,700 Worcester Public School students will attend the game. The Crusaders will begin Patriot League action on Saturday, Jan. 12 when they host Lehigh for a 1:00 p.m. tipoff. Holy Cross will conclude its home stand on Wednesday, Jan 16, when it entertains Navy at 7:00 p.m.
THE SERIES WITH THE BROWN: This will be the fifth meeting between the Crusaders and the Bears, with Holy Cross holding the 4-0 overall series lead. Brown is 1-1 over its last two contests, in which it played Patriot League opponents Army and Lafayette. The Bears defeated Army on Jan. 2 by a score of 48-45, but lost to Lafayette on Jan. 5 by a score of 56-32. This will be the second matchup between these teams at the Hart Center, as the last contest on Nov. 25, 1997 was a win for the Crusaders, 80-60. Last season, Holy Cross defeated Brown, 81-74 on Jan. 16 at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Former Holy Cross women's basketball player, Meredith Ward, who played for the Crusaders a season ago, is now an assistant coach for the Bears.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 4-0
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 1-0
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 1-0
Bill Gibbons vs. Brown: 3-0
Jean Marie Burr vs. Holy Cross: 0-3
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, four games
HOLY CROSS AGAINST THE IVY LEAGUE: In its program history, Holy Cross has played four of the eight teams in the Ivy League (Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth and Brown). This season, the Crusaders will face the same four teams. Holy Cross opened the season with an 87-71 win over Yale on Nov. 9, lost to Harvard 80-62 on Nov. 20 and defeated Dartmouth 64-52 on Jan. 3. The contest versus the Bears will be the final Ivy League opponent the Crusaders will face this season. In 2011-2012, Holy Cross was 3-1 versus Ivy League opponents. Holy Cross holds an overall record of 22-19 versus Ivy League opponents including a 2-1 record this season.
SMITH STEPPING UP FOR CRUSADERS: Junior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) has been a key offensive leader for the Crusaders so far in 2012-2013. She currently is the second-leading scorer in the Patriot League with 14.7 points per game and is third in assists with 3.7. She has scored double digits in 12 of the 14 games this season, including a 20 point effort versus UMass. Smith is second in the conference with 2.1 steals per game as she has had a pair of six-steal games this season, both tying her career high. She averages 2.9 three-pointers made per game, which ranks her first in the Patriot League, while also playing the third most minutes in the conference at 35.2. She also leads the team with an 84.2 free-throw percentage. Smith posted 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the season opening win versus Yale, while grabbing a career-best 10 rebounds against Quinnipiac. For her stellar play a season ago, Smith was named to the first team All-Patriot League with averages of 12.5 points, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
LEPLEY BACK TO LEAD HOLY CROSS: After missing the first nine games of the year due to a pre-season injury, senior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) played in her first contest versus Bryant on December 21, 2012. In 31 minutes of action versus the Bulldogs, Lepley scored 16 points as she shot 7 of 7 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free-throw line for 16 points, including the game-winning bucket with 17 seconds remaining. This season, Lepley is averaging 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per contest. She notched her eighth career double-double with a 10 point-10 rebound effort versus Dartmouth. In the game versus Fordham, Lepley became the 28th player in Holy Cross history to score 1,000 career points as she had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in the loss to the Rams. The 2011-2012 second team All-Patriot League player averaged a team-best 13.4 and 6.4 rebounds per contest a season ago and was selected to the 2012-2013 Preseason All-Patriot League team.
1,000 POINTS MILESTONE IN REACH FOR PAIR: On Jan. 6 versus Fordham, Amy Lepley became the 28th Holy Cross women's basketball player to cross the 1,000 career points milestone. She currently has 1,003 total points during her four seasons at Holy Cross. Lepley also became the 75th player in the 23-year history of the Patriot League to score 1,000 points in a career. Meanwhile, Alex Smith is 56 points away from the same milestone and would be the 11th Crusader to reach the achievement during their junior season. Both Lepley and Smith have a chance to break into the top-20 on the Holy Cross all-time scoring list by season's end.
MALONE PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN BACKCOURT: Junior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) has done well this season both offensively and defensively for Holy Cross. Through 14 games, Malone is second on the team with 32.6 minutes played per contest and averages 9.5 points, 4.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Her assists mark is second in the Patriot League. She is sixth in the conference with a 1.1 assist/turnover ratio and is fifth with 1.6 steals. In the season opener versus Yale, Malone scored a career-high 23 points. She also hit the buzzer-beating bucket to lift Holy Cross over Central Connecticut as she posted a season-best nine assists. During the 2011-12 campaign, Malone played in all 34 games in and started in all but one. She averaged 8.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in just under 30 minutes per contest.
GANSER STEPPING INTO STARTING ROLE: Junior forward Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) has filled in nicely for the Crusaders starting lineup. Through 14 games, she is third on the team with 9.6 points per contest and leads the squad with an average of 6.0 rebounds (10th in the Patriot League). Ganser notched her second career double-double with a 17 point and 10 rebound effort versus Fordham. She also posted a season-high 17 points and hauled in seven rebounds against Harvard and 16 points and six rebounds in the win over UMass. Ganser ranks third in the Patriot League with a .481 field-goal percentage and fifth with 2.8 offensive boards per game. In 2011-2012, she averaged 19.5 minutes of playing time and put up totals of 6.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Ganser also performed well from the charity stripe last year as she converted on 76.5 percent of her free throws, which was second best on the team.
SCOTT LEARNING QUICKLY FOR CRUSADERS: Freshman forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) has begun her first collegiate season as a key contributor for Holy Cross. In the first 14 games, Scott averages 5.6 points and has 5.3 rebounds per contest. Her rebounds mark ranks 12th in the Patriot League. In her first start versus New Hampshire, Scott posted 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals in 36 minutes of action. Her best game of the season came at Manhattan, as the freshman recorded the first Crusaders double-double of the season with a 10 point and 12 rebound effort with six offensive boards. Scott has started in 10 of the 13 games this season for Holy Cross.
PARKER WORKING HARD IN THE POST: Sophomore forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) has been a strong presence in the frontcourt for the Crusaders this season. So far this season, Parker is fourth on the squad with 8.3 points, second with 5.5 rebounds and first with 1.0 blocks per contest. She scored a season-best 18 points versus Yale in the season opener as she grabbed seven rebounds in the game against Boston College. In the win over Manhattan, Parker tallied nine points and a season-best nine rebounds. Parker is coming off a solid freshman campaign in which she took home Patriot League All-Rookie team accolades in 2011-2012. Last year, the 6'2" Parker played the number five position on the floor for the Crusaders as she appeared in 32 contests, starting in 31 of them. A season ago, she averaged 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while also blocking a team-best 38 shots. Her points mark was third on the squad, while her rebound average was second.
HAMNER ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL: After missing the first six games of the season due to injury, junior guard Kelly Hamner (Manassas ,Va.) has slowly worked herself back into the Crusaders playing rotation. In the game versus Manhattan on Dec. 1, Hamner saw five minutes of action as she scored two points. On Dec. 5 against Northeastern, she played 16 minutes off the bench and scored four points to go along with career-bests four assists and six rebounds. This season, Hamner is averaging 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per contest. In 2011-12, Hamner saw 16.4 minutes of playing time per game and averaged 3.0 points and 2.6 rebounds.
COOPER BACK FROM INJURY: Sophomore guard Ashley Cooper (Colts Neck, N.J.) saw her first action of the season versus Bethune-Cookman. The long-range sharpshooter connected on her first three shots from behind the arc, as she was the second leading HC scorer with 13 points in 18 minutes of action. She also drilled a pair of treys in the win over Dartmouth. Through three games, Cooper is averaging 8.0 points and is 6 of 13 (.462 3P%) from behind the arc in 19.3 minutes per contest. Last season, Cooper averaged 3.0 points per game and hit 23 of 68 of her shots from downtown (.338%) in 13.5 minutes per contest.
HOURIGAN COMING UP BIG FOR CRUSADERS: Freshman center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) has seen in increase in minutes over the last four games and has shown she can be a strong presence in the paint for Holy Cross. In only 11 minutes of action versus Bethune-Cookman, Hourigan grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. During the following matchup versus Dartmouth, she scored a season-best 10 points, while she hauled in six boards in 19 minutes of action. For the season, she has posted 2.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in 11 games played. Her blocks total is ranked ninth in the Patriot League.
FRESHMAN FRENZY: Holy Cross adds five new faces to this year's team with a large freshman class. Guards Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.), Kate Gillespie (Washington, D.C.) and Jenn Walsh (Dallas, Texas) all were league champions for their respective high schools. Gillespie was also named Washington D.C. Gatorade girls basketball player of the year as a senior. In the front court, Raquel Scott and Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) add size to an already tall front line. The 6'0" Scott comes from Immaculate Heart Academy, while the 6'4" Hourigan is the team's only center and is from Jordan-Elbridge. All five freshmen have seen action this season. Mifsud is averaging 3.2 points in 17.4 minutes per contest as she scored 11 points twice this season, versus Yale and Quinnipiac. Gillespie has made two starts for the Crusaders and averages 4.9 minutes per game.
OFF THE BENCH: With some early season injuries, many bench players have stepped up for the Crusaders. Senior forward Kaitlin Cole (Springfield, Pa.) has been a spark on the defensive side of the ball as she averages 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 9.9 minutes per game. In the Yale game, Cole posted career-highs with six rebounds and four steals, while versus Boston College, she also added a career-best three assists. She registered a career-high 28 minutes of action versus UMass to go along with four swipes. Sophomore forward Clare Sullivan (Belmont, Mass.) has averaged 7.6 minutes per contest with 3.0 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. In the game versus Central Connecticut, Sullivan scored 13 points in the first half on six-of-six shooting, which was a career-high. She also connected on her first collegiate three-pointer in the game versus the Blue Devils. Sullivan made her first career start versus Manhattan and scored six points. Alexis Nicholas (Jamaica, N.Y.) has seen an average of 2.3 minutes of playing time this season and scored her first points of the season at Manhattan.
FORDHAM RECAP: Fordham's Erin Rooney had game-highs of 20 points and six assists to lead the Rams to a 67-60 victory over Holy Cross in non-conference women's basketball action on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Rose Hill Gymnasium. The Crusaders fall to 7-7 overall, while the Rams improve to 10-5 on the season. During this afternoon's contest, Holy Cross senior forward Amy Lepley became the 28th Crusader to score 1,000 career points. With 12:30 left in the second half, Fordham held the commanding 51-35 lead. Holy Cross went on its best rally of the game with an 18-4 scoring surge to cut the deficit to 55-53 at the 4:48 mark. Junior Brisje Malone and sophomore Clare Sullivan each had four points during the rally. After baskets by both teams made the score 57-55, Fordham slowly pulled away and went on a 7-2 run to take the 64-57 with 30 seconds left in regulation. The Rams hit three of their four shots from the charity stripe over the final seconds to close the contest with a 67-60 win. To begin the game, HC jumped ahead 7-4 at the 15:41 mark of the first half on the back of a junior forward Christine Ganser layup. The Rams countered with a 12-4 rally over the next seven-plus minutes to gain the 19-11 advantage with 8:26 on the clock. The Crusaders' offense found their rhythm and went off for a 13-5 run to knot the score at 24-24 with 4:41 remaining in the first half as Ganser and Malone netted four points apiece during the spurt. Holy Cross gained the 27-26 lead on a Lepley three-pointer at 1:02, but back-to-back buckets by Fordham gave it the 30-27 lead at the half. Fordham exploded out of the gate to begin the second half as it went on a 21-8 run over the first 7:30 to push ahead 51-35, which set up the late game dramatics. The Rams' Mariah Strickland scored 12 points during the rally. Ganser led the Crusaders with her second career double-double as she posted 17 points and 10 rebounds. Lepley added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Malone posted nine points and five rebounds. Strickland finished the contest with 16 points for Fordham. Holy Cross shot 46.2 percent from the field (24 of 52), while Fordham connected on 26 of its 59 shots from the floor (44.1 percent). The Crusaders shot well from behind the arc, as they hit 38.1 percent of their attempts from downtown (8 of 17). Holy Cross held advantages in blocks (3-0), defensive rebounds (21-19), and bench points (11-0). The Rams only committed four turnovers in the contest, compared to Holy Cross' 11 miscues.
SCORING TRENDS: During the 2012-2013 season, Holy Cross has boasted strong records based on scoring trends. In games where its opponents score less than 60 points, Holy Cross is a perfect 5-0. Also, the Crusaders are 6-3 when they score 60 points or more this season. Lastly, when the Crusaders enter the second half with the lead, they have an overall record of 5-1.
HELP ME HELP YOU: Last season, Holy Cross was ranked ninth in the country and first in the Patriot League with 16.9 assists per contest and that largely had to do with junior guards Alex Smith and Brisje Malone. This year, the pair has combined for 109 of Holy Cross' 208 assists with a combined average of 7.8 per game. Malone is tied for second in the Patriot League with 4.1 assists per game, while Smith is just behind her in third place with 3.7 helpers per contest. In the game versus Central Connecticut, the pair combined for 14 assists on the team's 22 made field goals.
"SMITH"-SONIAN LEAVING MARK IN RECORD BOOK: Alex Smith is marking her name all over the Holy Cross career record books with her phenomenal play. The junior is now second on the list with 208 three-pointers made, trailing only Bethany O'Dell, who had 277. Her three-pointers converted mark is eighth best in Patriot League history. She is also third with 556 three-pointers attempted, trailing Briana McFadden (579) and O'Dell (700). Smith ranks 11th in career assists with 337 and would move into the top-10 with four more assists. She is currently fifth on the list with a .374 three-point percentage. In 2011-2012, Smith set Holy Cross records for most minutes played in a season (1199), most games started and played (34) and most three-pointers attempted (229).
HOLY CROSS' HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE: The Crusaders are coming off one of their best offensive seasons in recent years, as the team led the Patriot League in many shooting categories. This season, Holy Cross has continued its offensive success as it ranks second in the Patriot League with 60.6 points per game and first with a .418 field-goal percentage. In the season opener versus Yale, the Crusaders scored 87 points, which were the most points scored in an opening game since the 1988-1989 season.
CRUSADERS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish third in the 2012-2013 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 70 points and one first place vote. Navy was chosen to finish first, receiving eight first-place votes as junior Jade Geif was voted preseason Patriot League Player of the Year. The Mids earned a league-high 89 points and was followed by American, who received six first place votes and 85 points. Army was picked fourth with 66 points and one first place vote, while Lehigh (58 points) and Lafayette (30 points) were selected fifth and sixth, respectively. Bucknell and Colgate tied for seventh in the poll with 25 points each.
LEPLEY AND SMITH NAMED 2012-2013 TEAM CAPTAINS: The two leading scorers for the Crusaders last year, Amy Lepley and Alex Smith were named captains for the 2012-2013 season. Smith is coming off first-team All-Patriot League honors last year as she started in all 34 games. She averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per contest. Her assist mark was tops in the Patriot League, while her points average was fifth. Lepley was named to the second-team All-Patriot League a season ago as she led the Crusaders with 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest. Her points-per-game average was third in the Patriot League, while her field goal percentage of 0.499 was also third-best. In addition, both players were also selected to the 2012-2013 preseason All-Patriot League.
CAPTAINS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE TEAM: After coming off great campaigns a season ago, Lepley and Smith were chosen to the preseason All-Patriot League team in a vote by conference sports information directors and head coaches. The duo joins the team with Army senior forward Anna Simmers, and two juniors, American's Alexis Dobbs and Navy's Jade Geif. Lepley and Smith were key contributors to last-year's Patriot League runner-up finish as they started in all 34 games for the Crusaders. Also, the pair was selected to the Patriot League All-Tournament team last year.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: The Crusaders are approaching this season with the theme of "unfinished business," as it is looking to capture the Patriot League crown for the 12th time in the program's history. Last season, the Crusaders made it to the Patriot League championship game for the first time since 2008, after knocking off top-seeded American in the semifinals. However, the team fell to Navy in the title game, 57-48, one win shy of going to the NCAA Tournament. The goal is to get back into the Patriot League Championship game and claim their first NCAA tournament automatic bid since the 2006-2007 season.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked in the top 150 in the NCAA Division I leaders in five statistical categories. In addition, Alex Smith and Brisje Malone are in the top 150 in the nation in three individual statistics as well. The rankings through games on Jan 6:
|Three-Pointers Made||20||Alex Smith||2.9|
|Three-Point Percentage||62||Alex Smith||37.6|
|Personal Fouls||67||Holy Cross||14.9|
|Field-Goal Percentage||72||Holy Cross||41.8|
FOR OPENERS: With the win over Yale, Holy Cross owns a 22-17 record in its opening game of the season. This year was the 23rd time the Crusaders opened the regular season at the Hart Center. In season openers at the Hart Center, Holy Cross is now 13-10 and ended its three-game losing streak. The team won its first season-opener under the guidance of Bill Gibbons on Nov. 23, 1985 away at Eastern Michigan. Since Gibbons took over as head coach, the Crusaders stand at 17-11 in openers. Over the past 10 years, Holy Cross is 4-6 on opening day, defeating Providence (68-48, 2004-2005), Northeastern (76-60, 2005-2006) and most recently Yale (68-56, 2006-2007, 87-71, 2012-2013), while falling to St. Peter's (87-76, 2003-2004), Vermont (54-45, 2007-2008) and Yale (65-63, 2008-2009, 66-60, 2009-2010, 74-71, 2010-2011, 77-71, 2011-2012).
HOME SWEET HOME: Holy Cross boasts a very strong record when playing at the Hart Center. In the 37 years of the women's program, the Crusaders have an all-time record winning percentage of 0.750 when playing their games at home (345-120). Since Holy Cross went to Division I during the 1982-83 season, they hold an even better 0.763 winning percentage with a record of 306-95 at the Hart Center.
CRUSADERS HAVE 11 PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Five years ago, the Crusaders captured their 11th Patriot League Tournament Crown with a 56-48 victory over American on March 7, 2007. Holy Cross has won half of the 22 Patriot League Championships since the conference's inception during the 1990-91 season. The Crusaders' previous tournament titles came in 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1993 and 1991. Holy Cross has also appeared in the championship game 11 times over the past 15 years. Overall the Crusaders have made a conference-record 16 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.
GIBBONS AT THE HELM FOR 28TH SEASON: Bill Gibbons is in his 28th season at the helm of the Holy Cross women's basketball program and 32nd year as a member of the Holy Cross basketball family in 2012-2013. He has compiled a 522-308 record as head coach (.629 winning percentage), including a 19-15 record at the helm last season. He ranks 20th on the active Division I win leaders list after winning his 500th game on December 3, 2011. His quarter-century pledge to the team has made a major impact on all aspects of the women's basketball world and especially in the surrounding community. He has led the Crusaders to 11 Patriot League Championships in the last 22 years. He has also made 13 postseason appearances (11 NCAA Tournaments, one WNIT and one WBI) in his 27 years as head coach. With sixteen 20-win seasons under his belt, Gibbons has cemented himself and the women's basketball program as one of the best in the East. The sixth coach of the women's program at Holy Cross, Gibbons has enjoyed the longest tenure in the position. He has led the Holy Cross women's basketball program to more victories than any other coach, and is the winningest coach in Holy Cross Basketball history. With his 358th victory, he surpassed George Blaney (357 wins as head coach of the Holy Cross men's basketball program), who had hired him to be his assistant coach in 1981. Now with more than 515 wins, Gibbons is the second-winningest coach in Holy Cross Athletics history, behind legendary baseball coach Jack Barry, who totaled 616 wins from 1921-1960.
ON THE RADIO: Eleven of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2012-2013 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 26th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their ninth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. All games aired on Emmanuel Radio can also be heard live over the internet at 'www.1230radio.com'. Most games not carried on Emmanuel Radio will be streamed by Stretch Internet free of charge, with links to the broadcasts available at 'www.GoHolyCross.com'. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.
ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least four games shown on live television during the 2012-2013 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television five times in 2010-11 and six times in 2009-10. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2012-2013 season:
Date, Opponent, Television Outlet
Dec. 8, at Quinnipiac, New England Sports Network (NESN)
Jan. 16, vs. Navy, Charter TV3
Feb. 10, at Lehigh, CBS Sports Network
Feb. 27, vs. Army, Charter TV3
CRUSADER VISION: Live video streaming of most 2012-2013 Holy Cross home non-conference games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $8.95 per game. Season packages are also available for men's basketball only ($29.95) or all Holy Cross sports ($99.95). For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, visit 'www.GoHolyCross.com'.
ON THE INTERNET: Information on Crusader basketball and all 26 other varsity sports is available through the Holy Cross Athletics home page at "www.GoHolyCross.com". In addition, links to Holy Cross basketball audio broadcasts and live video streaming can be found on the home page. Updates on Holy Cross Athletics can also be found at "www.facebook.com/HolyCrossAthletics" and "www.twitter.com/GoHolyCross".
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SCOUTING THE BEARS: Brown has a 5-7 overall record this season and is 3-2 over its last five games. The Bears have played two common opponents of Holy Cross this season, as they defeated New Hampshire, 50-43, on Dec. 2 and lost to Bryant, 81-58, on Nov. 28. Junior guard Lauren Clarke leads the Bears with 13.7 points and 2.3 assists per contest. Senior guard Sheila Dixon ranks second on the squad with 12.8 points and first with 5.8 rebounds per game. Brown head coach Jean Marie Burr enters her 25th season at the helm of the Bears. During her quarter-century pledge, Burr has won 15 Ivy League titles and has won 305 games as head coach with one NCAA tournament appearance.