PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy action is in full swing this week as all eight squads take to the court for their first Friday/Saturday League slate.
Every match-up will be key as the teams vie for the 2010-11 League title (and NCAA Tournament bid), as well as the runner-up position, which will be granted an NIT berth.
Reigning Ivy champ Princeton (12-3, 1-0) hits the road to Brown (4-12, 0-2) and Yale (6-10, 2-0), the latter of which is one of three unbeatens early on in League play. Penn (6-9, 0-1) also faces off against the Bulldogs and Bears, seeking its first Ivy win.
Meanwhile, Harvard (9-6, 1-0) and Dartmouth (4-11, 0-1) travel to Columbia (2-14, 1-1) and Cornell (4-11, 1-1).
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Megan Vasquez (Merrick, N.Y.) led Yale to its first home-and-home sweep of Brown since the 2007-08 season, earning her first career Player of the Week honor. She is the third Yale player to earn the award this season.
The sophomore guard scored a game-high 18 points to lead Yale on the offensive end, and reeked havoc on the Bears’ backcourt with a game-high 5 steals to lead the Bulldogs on the defensive end as well. Her steal and layup with five minutes remaining int he first half, gave the Bulldogs their first double-digit lead of the game, 26-15. The overall effort led Yale to its first win at Brown since Jan. 23, 2009. Vasquez is Yale’s scoring leader at 13.6 ppg.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK // ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
In leading Penn to its first Big 5 win in six years and a near-upset of the top team in the Atlantic-10, freshman Alyssa Baron (Miami, Fla.) averaged 20.0 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 4.0 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game against two Big 5 opponents. In doing so, Baron earned her fourth Rookie of the Week and first Player of the Week honor. This is the second straight week an Ivy freshman has been honored with both awards.
Baron helped to break a 24-game losing streak to Big 5 opponents with a game-high 17 points, including the game-winning free throws. With 35 seconds left ands Penn up two, Baron was intentionally fouled. She calmly sank both technical free throws and after being fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass, she made both of the next two free throws as well. La Salle was never closer than three after that. Three days later, Baron nearly single-handedly led the Quakers over first-place Temple. She tied a career high with 23 points and set career highs with five assists and three steals, while collecting four rebounds. With Penn trailing by 11 with just under five minutes to play, Baron scored seven straight for the Quakers and had the Red an Blue within four in the final minute.
Baron’s Statistics for the Week
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Kathleen Barry, Columbia, Sr., G/F (Valley Center, Calif.)
13.5 ppg, 12 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2 spg
14 points, 15 rebounds vs. Cornell
Miriam Rutzen, Harvard, So., F (Blandinsville. Ill.)
16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists vs. Seattle
Lindsay Nickel, Brown, So., F/G (Los Altos, Calif.)
17 points, 6 rebounds vs. Yale
Clare Fitzpatrick, Cornell, So., F (Southbury, Conn.)
14 points, 11 rebounds vs. Columbia
Friday, January 28
*Princeton at Brown, 7 pm
*Harvard at Columbia, 7 pm
*Penn at Yale, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Cornell, 7 pm
Saturday, January 29
*Penn at Brown, 7 pm
*Harvard at Cornell, 7 pm
*Princeton at Yale, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 7 pm
*Ivy League Contest