Photos courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton increased its hold
on the Ivy League standings, picking up two more wins to improve to
9-0 in conference play. The Tigers defeated Columbia, 86-46, and
Cornell, 75-39, to extend their winning streak to 12 games. The
battle for second-place, however, is quite muddled, as Yale (7-3),
Harvard (6-3) and Brown (6-4) are all within a game of each other.
Each team went 1-1 over the weekend as Brown defeated Harvard,
58-55, and the Crimson took down the Bulldogs, 71-51.
Harvard sophomore Christine Clark (Tucson, Ariz.) averaged 21.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in Harvard’s two games, including a 23-point, seven-rebound performance in the Crimson’s 71-51 win at Yale that avenged an earlier loss to the Bulldogs. For her efforts, she was named Ivy League Player of the Week. Yale freshman Hayden Latham (Greenville, S.C.) scored 10 points in back-to-back games and was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Clark posted her second-straight double-double in a losing effort, recording 20 points and 10 rebounds in Harvard’s 58-55 loss at Brown. She became the first Crimson student-athlete to post back-to-back double-doubles since Emma Markley accomplished the feat in 2011. Clark shot 7-of-13 from the floor against the Bears and then bettered that mark by shooting 10-of-12 against Yale. For the week, the sophomore recorded an impressive shooting percentage of 68.0 (17-of-25).
Clark has scored 20-plus points in four of the team's last six games, including two straight. She earned her third Player of the Week award this season and her sixth career Ivy League weekly honor.
Clark's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Against Dartmouth Friday night, Latham scored 10 straight points, her only points of the game, to fuel a 29-6 run that put Yale ahead 37-12 with 2:39 left in the first half. Her defense was even more impressive in that run. Her last six points came from fast-break layups that were the end result of her three steals on consecutive Dartmouth possessions. Against Harvard, Latham scored seven of her 10 points in the second half.
The back-to-back 10-point efforts were the first double-figure games for Latham since she scored a career-high 12 points against Boston University on Dec. 7. For the weekend, Latham averaged 10.0 points, 2.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while averaging 46.7 percent shooting (7-for-15). She became the second Bulldog to receive Rookie of the Week accolades this season, joining Sarah Halejian (Dec. 19, Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23, Jan. 30).
Latham's Statistics for the Week
In other Ivy action, Dartmouth picked up its second conference
victory of the season and denied Brown a chance to go 2-0 on the
week with a 57-52 upset at Providence, R.I. The Big Green fell at
Yale, 66-48, on Friday night. Penn also split its two games, losing
to Cornell, 45-42, before bouncing back to defeat Columbia,
“Inside Ivy League Basketball” hits the airwaves again for its 10th episode on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. featuring interviews with Penn senior guard Zack Rosen, Dartmouth junior guard Faziah Steen and Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan.
"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.
Alyssa Baron, Penn, Sophomore, Guard (Miami)
18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals at Cornell
25 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block at Columbia
Kara Bonenberger, Penn, Freshman, Forward (Walnutport, Pa.)
4 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists at Cornell
13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists at Columbia
Blake Dietrick, Princeton, Freshman, Guard (Wellesley, Mass.)
11 points, 3 rebounds at Columbia
3 points, 2 assists at Cornell
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell, Sophomore, Guard (Fairport, N.Y.)
11 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks vs. Penn
4 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 4 steals vs. Princeton
Sheila Dixon, Brown, Junior, Guard (Schenectady, N.Y.)
12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal vs. Harvard
9 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals vs. Dartmouth
Niveen Rasheed, Princeton, Junior, Forward (Danville, Calif.)
10 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals at Columbia
16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal at Cornell
Tyler Simpson, Columbia, Junior, Forward (Lawrenceville, N.J.)
10 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal vs. Princeton
12 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals vs. Penn
Faziah Steen, Dartmouth, Junior, Guard (Detroit)
18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals at Yale
16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal at Brown
Milica Toskovic, Dartmouth, Freshman, Forward (Santa Monica, Calif.)
13 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal at Yale
6 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks at Brown
Megan Vasquez, Yale, Junior, Guard (Merrick, N.Y.)
22 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals vs. Dartmouth
10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal vs. Harvard
Friday, February 24
*Harvard at Princeton, 7 pm
*Yale at Columbia, 7 pm
*Brown at Cornell, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Penn, 7 pm
Saturday, February 25
*Harvard at Penn, 7 pm
*Yale at Cornell, 7 pm
*Brown at Columbia, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 6 pm
*-Ivy League contest