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January 16, 2012

Women's Basketball Weekly Release - Week 11

Complete Ivy League Women's Basketball Release in pdf format

Photos courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. -- After the dust settled on the opening week of the Ivy League women’s basketball schedule, two-time defending champion and preseason favorite Princeton picked up where it left off last year, improving to 3-0 in the conference with a pair of victories during the week of Jan. 9-15. Tigers junior forward Niveen Rasheed (Danville, Calif.) was instrumental in the two wins and was named Ivy League Player of the Week for her efforts.

Dartmouth freshman center Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Yale freshman guard Sarah Halejian (Wyckoff, N.J.) were named Co-Rookies of the Week.

Rasheed’s award is her League-leading fourth of the season and the seventh of her career, putting her in a tie for sixth-place on the conference’s all-time list. She averaged 15.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals in two games as Princeton outscored its opponents by an average of 44.0 points. In the Tigers’ 64-35 win over Cornell, Rasheed recorded her seventh double-double of the season and the 20th of her career with 10 points and 12 rebounds. She also posted five assists and two steals. She then scored a game-high 21 points in just 19 minutes of action while recording eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in Princeton’s 94-35 win over Columbia.

Rasheed's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
B
S
PTS
vs. Cornell
28 4-13
.308
0-2
.000
2-2
1.000
12 5 0 2 10
vs. Columbia
19 8-14 .571 0-0 .000 5-5 1.000 8 2 0 1 21
TOTALS 23.5 12-27 .444 0-2 .000 7-7 1.000 10.0 3.5 0.0 2.5 15.

 





Dawson becomes the first Dartmouth player to earn Rookie of the Week since current junior Faziah Steen received the award on Jan. 18, 2010. Dawson recorded her second career double-double in the Big Green’s 71-63 loss to Harvard. She finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal in the loss. Dawson is one of only two players (Steen) to start each game for Dartmouth this season.

Dawson's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
B
S
PTS
vs. Harvard
33 5-10
.500
0-0
.000
0-2
.000
11 2 0 1 10

 





Halejian has been named Rookie of the Week for two straight weeks and three times overall. The freshman scored a career-high 18 points in Yale’s 76-65 win at Brown. Halejian shot 5-of-10 from the floor, 2-of-4 from downtown and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. She also recorded three steals, two rebounds and two assists.

Halejian's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
B
S
PTS
at Brown
31 5-10
.500
2-4
.500
6-6
1.000
2
2 0 3 18







Princeton leads the way with a 3-0 conference record, while Yale and Harvard each won their League openers. The Bulldogs traveled to Providence, R.I. and took down the Bears, 75-65, while the Crimson defeated Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., 71-63.

The Ancient Eight finish their non-conference slate this week as Brown will host Holy Cross, Harvard will take on North Dakota, Cornell will resume its intra-city rivalry with Ithaca and Dartmouth will travel to face Longwood. Penn rounds out its Big 5 schedule with contests against Villanova and Temple before the Ivy League schedule resumes in full next week.

"Inside Ivy League Basketball" is back for its fifth episode on Wednesday, Jan. 18, featuring interviews with Dartmouth men’s basketball head coach Paul Cormier and Yale women's basketball head coach Chris Gobrecht.

"Inside Ivy League Basketball" is hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer and takes an in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy men’s and women’s basketball on and off the courts during the 2011-12 season. The 12-episode show debuted Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguebasketball) and is available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com.     

Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the League' segment. With its interview segments 'Program Profile,' 'Student-Athlete Spotlight' and 'Alumni Focus,' the show will visit with past and present players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League basketball.

Fans and alumni can interact with the show via its social media platforms -- Facebook (Inside Ivy League Basketball) and Twitter (@insideivyhoops) -- as well as provide ideas and content for the show’s ‘Twitter Talk/Facebook Fodder’ segment.

HONOR ROLL
Kara Bonenberger, Penn, Freshman, Forward (Walnutport, Pa.)
8 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals vs. NJIT
10 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal at St. Joseph’s

Christine Clark, Harvard, Sophomore, Guard (Tucson, Ariz.)
17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal at Dartmouth

Sheila Dixon, Brown, Junior, Guard (Schenectady, N.Y.)
20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal vs. Yale

Clare Fitzpatrick, Cornell, Junior, Forward (Southbury, Conn.)
15 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block at South Dakota
12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals at Princeton

Melissa Shafer, Columbia, Senior, Guard (Raleigh, N.C.)
17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals vs. Morgan State
10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist at Princeton

Faziah Steen, Dartmouth, Junior, Guard (Detroit)
20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals vs. Harvard

Megan Vasquez, Yale, Junior, Guard (Merrick, N.Y.)
23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals at Brown

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Monday, January 16
Holy Cross at Brown, 7 pm

Tuesday, January 17
North Dakota at Harvard, 7 pm
Ithaca at Cornell, 7 pm
Penn at Villanova, 7 pm

Saturday, January 21
Dartmouth at Longwood, 2 pm
Penn at Temple, 3 pm
*Cornell at Columbia, 4:30 pm

KEY:
* Ivy League Contest