PRINCETON, N.J. -- The first of 14 rounds of Ivy play is now complete, with Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Columbia all winning their 2010-11 Ivy opener on their home courts.
The upcoming week features another light schedule of action, including the Ivies’ final three non-conference contests along with a pair of League match-ups.
Penn plays it’s final two Big 5 games, hosting La Salle on Wednesday at Temple on Saturday. Columbia hosts St. Francis (N.Y.) on Wednesday, looking to pick up its second straight win in it’s final non-League game of the season.
On Friday, Brown will seek revenge on last week’s loss at Yale as the travel partners face off in Rhode Island. On Saturday, Columbia and Cornell also face off for the second straight week. Harvard caps off the week’s action with a cross-country venture to face Division I Independent, Seattle University.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK // ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Bulldog rookie Janna Graf (Mission Wood, Kan.) set a career-high with 26 points in Yale’s win over Brown to open Ivy play, earning her first Player of the Week honor and her third Rookie of the Week.
The dual win in the first in Ivy League women’s basketball since Princeton freshman (and now senior) Addie Micir was named both Player and Rookie of the Week on Jan. 14, 2008.
Graf broke her previous career-best of 22 points scored in Yale’s historic win over Florida State. Although she was 10-for-17 overall, she was a stellar 5-for-7 in the second half, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Yale used an 18-3 run over a 5:56 span late in the second half to break the game open. Graf opened and closed the run with a 3-pointer and scored 10 of Yale’s 18 points in the run. Graf is the reigning Ivy Rookie of the Week, her second Rookie of the Week award in the previous three weeks. After missing the first three games of the season with mononucleosis, Graf has averaged 14.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in the seven games since scoring 22 points against then No. 15/14 Florida State.
For the season, Graf is Yale’s third-leading scorer, with an average of 9.9 points per game in the 12 games in which she has played. She has earned the start in Yale’s last nine games. She is also the third-leading rebounder with 5.0 rebounds per game. She is shooting 42.9 percent (48- for-112) from the floor, 33.3 percent (15-for-45) from 3-point range, and 50.0 percent (8-for-16) from the free-throw line.
Graf’s Statistics for the Week
Alyssa Baron, Penn, Fr., G (Miami, Fla.)
17.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg
23 points, 4 rebounds vs. Villanova
Kathleen Barry, Columbia, Sr., G/F (Valley Center, Calif.)
14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assits, 4 blocks vs. Cornell
Brogan Berry, Harvard, Jr., G (Beavercreek, Ohio)
18 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists vs. Dartmouth
Christine Clark, Harvard, Fr., G Tucson, Ariz.)
18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists vs. Dartmouth
Cassie Cooper, Dartmouth, Sr., G (Chelsea, Maine)
15 points, 10 rebounds vs. Harvard
Sheila Dixon, Brown, So., G (Schenectady, N.Y.)
21 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals vs. Yale
Mady Gobrecht, Yale, Sr., F (New Haven, Conn.)
11 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 blocks, 2 steals vs. Brown
Stephanie Long, Cornell, Fr., G (Norwich, Conn.)
20 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals vs. Columbia
Brianna Orlich, Columbia, Fr., G/F (Fresno, Calif.)
21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Cornell
Janelle Ross, Dartmouth, Fr., F (Inglewood, Calif.)
15 points, 9 rebounds vs. Harvard
Wednesday, January 19
La Salle at Penn, 7 pm
St. Francis (N.Y.) at Columbia, 7 pm
Friday, January 21
*Yale at Brown, 7 pm
Saturday, January 22
Temple at Penn, 2 pm
*Columbia at Cornell, 2 pm
Harvard at Seattle, 7 pm
*Ivy League Contest