With the tough non-conference schedule almost behind it now, the women’s basketball team heads to Providence on Saturday to face Brown and begin the Ivy League season.

“We expect to win the Ivy League,” guard Brittani Nichols ’10 said. “I think every team sets that goal at the beginning of the season.”

The Bears — with a season record of 1-13 — should seemingly be a welcome sight for the Bulldogs (2-10). Brown’s lone win came at home against Howard, 65-61, on Dec. 1, and in their last game Jan. 6, Brown scored only 22 points en route to suffering a 66-point defeat to No. 13 George Washington.

Brown and Yale have played two common opponents this season: Quinnipiac and Lehigh. The Bears lost to the Bobcats by 44 points, while the Elis lost by only 10; Brown fell to Mountain Hawks by a margin of 30 points, and the Bulldogs lost by six in overtime. Taken together, these scores seemingly point to an easy Yale win on Saturday.

Players to watch will include forward Melissa Colborne ’10, who will try to build on her strong non-conference play, for which she was awarded Ivy League player of the Week on Jan. 7, and Brown guard Annesley O’Neal, who leads the Bears in scoring at 7.2 ppg.