PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Yale (9-6, 0-2 Ivy) takes on Brown (10-5, 1-1 Ivy) in the Bears' Ivy League home opener, Friday at 5:30 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network and ESPN3. This is the first game of a home-and-home series, with Brown coming to Yale next Friday, Jan. 27.
Last Time Out
After a loss at the hands of the defending Ivy League champion Penn Quakers, Yale traveled to Princeton and got off to a strong start. Propelled largely by junior Tamara Simpson's 13 second-quarter points, Yale led by 7 to start the fourth, but the lead slipped away and Princeton emerged with a 74-62 victory.
Yale and Brown So Far This Season
Friday's matchup promises to be a very competitive encounter. Both Yale and Brown finished their non-conference slates at 9-4 and played at Penn and Princeton to open Ivy League play. Brown had an impressive 98-88 win over Princeton, but they fared worse against Penn than Yale. While Yale lost by 11 points, Brown lost by 26. Both teams fared similarly against their other common opponents, with each team beating Binghamton and Vermont, but losing to Manhattan.
Yale Season Leaders
Senior Lena Munzer leads the Bulldogs with 13.1 points per game and ranks second on the team with 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Junior Jen Berkowitz is second behind Munzer with 12.6 points per game, and she leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game. Berkowitz also leads the Ivy League with a .548 field goal percentage. Junior Tamara Simpson ranks third on the team with 10.7 points per game and leads the Ivy League with 2.5 steals per game.
Report on the Brown Bears
Brown plays at a fast pace with an offense that leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage. The Bears lead the Ivy League by a wide margin with 74.3 points per game and rank last by a similarly wide margin with 68.1 points allowed per game. Yale leads the Ivy League in 3-point attempts, and Brown ranks last in 3-point field goal percentage against, so the Bulldogs will look to exploit that matchup.
Brown has an extremely young roster, with no seniors and just two juniors on the team, one of whom has not seen any game action this season. Brown's top seven scorers and top five rebounders are all freshmen and sophomores. Freshman Justine Gaziano leads Brown with 19.4 points per game (28.5 per game in Ivy League play so far). Sophomores Taylor Will, Shayna Mehta, and Erika Steeves join her in double figures. Steeves also leads the team in rebounds with 9 per game; no other player is averaging more than 5.
Brown finished 7th in the Ivy League last season at 15-13 (3-11 Ivy). But the Bears' win over Princeton showed that this year's team is a stronger group than the one that lost by an average of 18 points to Yale in their two meetings last season. These consecutive meetings with Yale could have major implications for two teams on the rise and hungry to earn a spot in the Ivy League tournament.
Yale completes its home-and-home series with Brown Friday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity