Photos courtesy of Cornell and Penn Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- If the first weekend of
back-to-back action is any indication of how the rest of the season
will go, Ivy League women’s basketball fans are in for a
After the first weekend of the Friday-Saturday matchups, five teams are essentially tied for first-place in the Ivy League standings, with no clear favorite yet to emerge.
Harvard (13-5, 3-1 Ivy) handed Princeton (11-6, 2-1 Ivy) its first home Ivy loss since the 2008-09 season, 78-68, and then traveled to Philadelphia and was defeated soundly by Penn (12-5, 2-1 Ivy), 67-38. The Quakers, who fell to Princeton in the Ivy opener for both teams, are right back into the title hunt thanks to their win over the Crimson as well as a 71-53 defeat of Dartmouth (3-15, 0-4) on Friday. The Tigers, meanwhile, rebounded after their loss to Harvard with a 76-53 win over the Big Green.
Cornell (11-7, 3-1 Ivy), which also dropped its Ivy opener, won its second- and third-straight League contest, holding off Brown (7-11, 1-3 Ivy), 80-70, and Yale, 65-56. It marked the first Ivy loss of the season for the Bulldogs (9-9, 3-1 Ivy), and the first win by the Big Red over its opponent from New Haven, Conn., since Feb. 20, 2009.
The Bears picked up their first Ivy win of the season, 79-57 over Columbia (4-14, 1-3 Ivy), which also fell to Yale. Brown senior Lauren Clarke scored at least 20 points in both games over the weekend, with 22 at Cornell and 23 against the Lions.
This coming week will see Dartmouth and Harvard travel to Brown and Yale and Penn and Princeton take on Columbia and Cornell. All eight games this weekend will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.
CO-PLAYER/CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
No surprise, the Player and Rookie of the Week are going to two players whose teams went 2-0 last week, which means that Cornell and Penn share the two awards for the second-straight week. Big surprise, both awards are being shared by a pair of rookies, marking the first time in Ivy League history that two freshman were each named Player and Rookie of the Week in the same week.
Cornell freshman forward Nia Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) averaged 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 blocks while shooting 70.6 percent from the field (12-of-17) in wins over Brown and Yale. She tallied 17 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds in the victory over the Bears, her second career double-double. Marshall followed that up with 14 points and three rebounds in the win over the Bulldogs, Cornell’s first since the 2008-09 season.
Marshall takes home her fourth Rookie of the Week honor of the season and her first Player of the Week award. She is the first Big Red in program history to earn Player of the Week as a freshman.
Marshall's Statistics for the Week
When we last saw Penn freshman center Sydney Stipanovich (St. Louis), she was setting a Quaker program record with eight blocks against NJIT en route to Player and Rookie of the Week honors on Jan. 27. All she needed was one week to break her own record, as she blocked a career-high nine shots – the most in a single game since Brown’s Chris Yasaitis had nine on Feb. 3, 1996 against Harvard – in Penn’s victory over the Crimson. Stipanovich contributed 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in the two games last week. In fact, since entering the starting lineup four games ago, she has led Penn to four-straight wins while averaging 13.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.0 blocks.
Stipanovich earns her fifth Rookie of the Week award and her third Player of the Week honor. She is the first freshman to be named Player of the Week three times in Ivy League history.
Stipanovich's Statistics for the Week
Sophie Bikofsky, Brown (Jr., G – Newton, Mass.)
13 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, 55.6 FG%, 50.0 3FG% at Cornell
18 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 55.6 FG%, 62.5 3FG%, 75.0 FT% at Columbia
Kara Bonenberger, Penn (Jr., F – Walnutport, Pa.)
10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 50.0 FG% vs. Dartmouth
10 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 100.0 FT% vs. Harvard
Christine Clark, Harvard (Sr., G – Tucson, Ariz.)
25 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 91.7 FT% at Princeton
10 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 83.3 FT% at Penn
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Sr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
22 points, 4 assists, 100.0 FT% at Cornell
23 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 64.3 FG%, 50.0 3FG% at Columbia
Sarah Halejian, Yale (Jr., G – Wyckoff, N.J.)
5 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block at Columbia
19 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists at Cornell
Shelby Lyman, Cornell (Sr., G – Snohomish, Wash.)
24 points, 2 steals, 61.5 FG%, 83.3 3FG%, 75.0 FT% vs. Brown
7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal vs. Yale
Lena Munzer, Yale (Fr., G – Highland Park, Ill.)
13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, 62.5 FG%, 75.0 3FG% at Columbia
8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 50.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% at Cornell
Tori Oliver, Columbia (Fr., F – Manassas, Va.)
14 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 44.4 FG% vs. Yale
21 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 50.0 FG%, 92.9 FT% vs. Brown
Lakin Roland, Dartmouth (So., F – Jeffersonville, Ind.)
10 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals at Penn
12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals at Princeton
Alex Wheatley, Princeton (So., F – Upper Holland, Pa.)
16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 61.5 FG% vs. Harvard
11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 60.0 FG%, 83.3 FT% vs. Dartmouth
Friday, February 7
*Harvard at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
*Penn at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, February 8
*Dartmouth at Brown, 6 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Cornell, 6 pm [IVY]
*Penn at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
*-Ivy League contest
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network