Dominican hosts "Ivy" basketball game with Brown

Ivy League Brown University’s women’s basketball team played its first-ever game against Dominican University of California in the Conlan Center on December 29, in the “Holiday Ivy Classic.”

The non-league game matched up-and-coming women’s basketball programs from private institutions of higher education that stress the academics-athletics balance.

Brown’s NCAA Division I student-athletes are listed among the Top 20 of the College Sports Honor Roll, according to U.S. News and World Report, while Dominican’s student-athletes are two-time defending winners of the NCAA Division II’s Pacific West Conference’s Academic Achievement Award.

All Brown and Dominican alumni will be admitted to the game at half price. Game time is 7 p.m.

“We are excited and delighted to have such a reputable Ivy League school and an NCAA Division I program coming to our gymnasium,” said Dominican Athletics Director Terry Tumey. “These are the type of opportunities that come with Dominican being NCAA Division II.”

The Bears had  not played since a 61-57 win over Vermont on Dec. 7. They are coached by Jan Marie Burr, who is in her 24th season at the helm of the Brown’s women’s basketball program. She is a national lecturer who recently was inducted into the University of New Hampshire Athletic Hall of Honor as well as the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Brown’s leading scorer and rebounder this season is junior guard Sheila Dixon, a Political Science major. Two other key players for the Bears are senior Hannah Passafuime out of Soquel High School near Santa Cruz whose concentration is in Education and Public Policy and junior Lindsay Nickel from Pinewood High School in Los Altos. Her concentration is Community Health.

Among notable Brown University alumni are John D. Rockefeller Jr., John F. Kennedy Jr., CNN founder and media mogul Ted Turner and ESPN anchor/celebrity Chris Berman.

Dr. Bernard von Bothmer, a history instructor at Dominican, is a Brown alum. He is author of Framing The Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush.

Dominican’s women’s basketball team, coached by Brianna Chambers, is led by senior Taki Te Koi, a Biological Sciences major from New Zealand, sophomore Psychology major Kayla Valentine who leads the team in scoring and 6-foot-4 freshman Nursing major Sarah Nelson.

For more information about the Dominican women’s basketball, visit