PRINCETON, N.J. -- The early battle for top
billing in the Ivy League standings went in favor of Harvard
(13-6, 5-0) as the Crimson broke Princeton’s (15-4, 4-1)
22-game conference win streak with a 73-67 win in Cambridge, Mass.
The lone unbeaten squad will now hit the road this week, closing
out the first round of Ivy play at Yale (8-12, 4-2) and Brown
The Tigers return to Jadwin Gym for the first time since Jan. 8, where they hold a perfect 7-0 record this season. Columbia (5-15, 4-2) visits Princeton Friday, followed by Cornell (5-15, 2-4) on Saturday.
The Lions and Big Red will also travel to face Penn (7-12, 1-4). Dartmouth (5-14, 1-4), which earned its first League win last weekend, is at Brown and Yale.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK // ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn’s Alyssa Baron (Miami, Fla.) turned in the third best single-game scoring performance for a Ivy rookie and the 11th best all-time output, earning her second Player of the Week and sixth Rookie of the Week honors. This marks the third time during the 2010-11 season that an Ivy freshman has been named both Player and Rookie of the Week, and the second such occurrence for Baron.
The 5-10 guard set a Quaker record with 38 points against first-place and Ivy unbeaten Harvard on Saturday night – the most by a freshman in Penn history and the fifth-most all-time for a Penn player. She joins five other Ivies who have scored 38 points in a single game, all of whom tie for 11th on the League’s all-time list. However, the feat has not been achieved in a decade, while her performance is also the highest scoring output in the League since Harvard’s Hana Peljto scored 40 on Jan. 15, 2004, against Lafayette.
Against the Crimson, Baron tied the game with 10 seconds left in regulation with two free throws, then forced double overtime when she tied the game on a jumper with 24 seconds left in the first extra period. She also set a career high with six assists and four steals, while shooting better than 50 percent (14-for-27) from the floor and from three-point range (4-for-7). She was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line and played 45 minutes.
Less than 24 hours earlier, she played 37 minutes against Dartmouth and scored a team-high 19 points. She also had a then-career high five assists and matched a career-best with eight rebounds. For the week, Baron averaged 28.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals. She shot 47.7 percent from the floor, 38.5 percent from three-point range and was 10-for-11 (91%) from the free-throw line.
Baron's Statistics for the Week
Devona Allgood, Princeton, Jr., C (Huntersville, N.C.)
13 ppg, 5 rpg
14 points, 7 rebounds vs. Harvard
Brogan Berry, Harvard, Jr., G (Beavercreek, Ohio)
17 ppg, 5 rpg, 8 apg
17 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists vs. Princeton
Christine Clark, Harvard, Fr., F (Tucson, Ariz.)
15.5 ppg, 4 rpg
18 points, 5 rebounds vs. Princeton
Melissa Shafer, Columbia, Jr., G (Raleigh, N.C.)
15.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4 apg
14 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals vs. Yale
Faziah Steen, Dartmouth, So., G (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
20.5 ppg, 2.5 spg
28 points, 3 assists, 2 steals vs. Penn
Megan Vasquez, Yale, So., G (Merrick, N.Y.)
15.5 ppg, 3.5 spg
17 points, 3 assists, 4 steals vs. Columbia
Friday, February 11
*Dartmouth at Brown, 7 pm
*Harvard at Yale, 7 pm
*Columbia at Princeton, 7 pm
*Cornell at Penn, 7 pm
Saturday, February 12
*Cornell at Princeton, 6 pm
*Harvard at Brown, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Yale, 7 pm
*Columbia at Penn, 7 pm
*Ivy League Contest