Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications, Penn Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The final Ivy League weekly awards of the 2011-12 season went to two players who had a direct affect on the battle for second-place in the conference standings, even though their teams were not involved in the race.
Princeton senior Devona Allgood (Huntersville, N.C.) and Penn sophomore Alyssa Baron (Miami) led their teams to 2-0 weekends, including wins by both squads over the Bulldogs, 71-53 by the Tigers and 61-58 by the Quakers.
Harvard defeated Columbia, 88-64, and Cornell, 65-59, and finished in second-place in the Ivy standings thanks to Yale’s two losses. The Crimson earned the League’s automatic bid to the WNIT to the Crimson.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Allgood averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal while shooting 66.7 percent from the field in the two wins for the Tigers. She posted 13 points, five rebounds and one steal in Princeton’s 71-53 victory over Yale and followed that with a 21-point, eight-rebound, one-assist and one-steal performance in the Tigers’ 77-60 win at Brown.
Allgood becomes the third Princeton student-athlete to receive Player of the Week honors this season, joining junior Niveen Rasheed (Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan. 2, Jan. 16) and senior Lauren Edwards (Feb. 27). For Allgood, the award is the fourth of her career and her first of the season.
Allgood's Statistics for the Week
Baron helped the Quakers achieve their first Ivy road sweep since 2007. She led the team in scoring in both games and averaged 18.0 points on the weekend. Baron shot 11-of-12 from the free throw line and scored 23 points in Penn’s 72-66 win at Brown, while also recording five rebounds, two assists and two steals. In her team’s upset at Yale, Baron contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.
The Penn sophomore and 2010-11 Ivy League Rookie of the Year received her fourth Player of the Week award this season (Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Dec. 26) and the sixth of her career. She joins Rasheed on the all-time weekly awards list, as the Princeton junior has also been named Player of the Week four times this season and has seven for her career.
Baron's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth went 2-0 over the weekend, recording wins over Cornell (55-48) and Columbia (87-52). Freshman Milica Toskovic (Santa Monica, Calif.) averaged 12.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the two games and was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Toskovic filled the stat line against the Big Red with seven points, nine rebounds and two assists and then posted her second-career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against Columbia. She also tallied a personal-best four assists as well as three steals.
Toskovic earns her second Rookie of the Week award, as she split the honor with Yale freshman Sarah Halejian on Jan. 23. She and teammate Tia Dawson have each received the award twice in 2011-12.
Toskovic's Statistics for the Week
In other Ivy action, Dartmouth junior guard Faziah Steen became the sixth League player to surpass the 1,000-point plateau this season. Steen averaged 14.5 points in two games to become the 16th 1,000-point scorer in program history. She joins Edwards (Nov. 14), Allgood (Dec. 31) and Rasheed (Feb. 11) from Princeton, Harvard junior Victoria Lippert (Feb. 10) and Yale junior Megan Vazquez (Feb. 10).
Three games remain on the season. On Tuesday, March 6, Harvard will host Dartmouth, Penn will travel to Princeton and Columbia will take on Cornell.
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Michelle Cashen, Yale, Senior, Forward (Belle Harbor, N.Y.)
14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals vs. Princeton
12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals vs. Penn
Christine Clark, Harvard, Sophomore, Guard (Tucson, Ariz.)
18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Columbia
13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal vs. Cornell
Sheila Dixon, Brown, Junior, Guard (Schenectady, N.Y.)
18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals vs. Penn
11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals vs. Princeton
Clare Fitzpatrick, Cornell, Junior, Forward (Southbury, Conn.)
19 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3 blocks at Dartmouth
15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal at Harvard
Jackie Kates, Penn, Freshman, Guard (Colts Neck, N.J.)
5 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal at Brown
13 points, 2 assists at Yale
Hayden Latham, Yale, Freshman, Guard (Greenville, S.C.)
11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals vs. Princeton
2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block vs. Penn
Tyler Simpson, Columbia, Junior, Forward (Lawrenceville, N.J.)
11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals at Harvard
18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal at Dartmouth
Faziah Steen, Dartmouth, Junior, Guard (Detroit)
11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals vs. Cornell
18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals vs. Columbia
Tuesday, March 6
*Penn at Princeton, 5 pm
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 7 pm
*Columbia at Cornell, 7 pm
Wednesday-Friday, March 14-16
WNIT First Round
Saturday-Tuesday, March 17-20
NCAA First Round
Saturday-Tuesday, March 24-27
NCAA Second/Third Rounds
Sunday, April 1
NCAA National Semifinals (Pepsi Center, Denver)
Monday, April 3
NCAA National Championship (Pepsi Center, Denver)
*-Ivy League contest