Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Harvard and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- After the first weekend of
the 2012-13 Ivy League women’s basketball season, five teams
came out with victories under their belts, led by matching 1-0
records for Brown, Dartmouth and Princeton. Cornell and Harvard
each split their two games, while Columbia (0-2), Penn (0-1) and
Yale (0-1) are looking for their first victory of the young
The weekend featured a number of stellar performances by the League’s players, including three double-doubles and three 20-point games. Two of those 20-point efforts came in Brown’s 82-48 win over St. Peter’s, as Lindsay Nickel and Lauren Clarke scored 27 and 20, respectively. It marked the Bears’ largest margin of victory since a 76-41 win over Columbia in 1995 and the first time Brown had two 20-point scorers in a single game since Nov. 27, 2010, when Nickel (20) and Sheila Dixon (20) accomplished the feat
Penn junior Alyssa Baron went above 20 points
for the 19th time of her career with 22 in the Quakers' 60-51 loss
at Norfolk State.
Cornell junior Allyson DiMagno tallied her sixth career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds in the Big Red’s 69-65 win at Colgate, while Harvard sophomore Temi Fagbenle (13 points, 10 rebounds at North Dakota) and Dartmouth sophomore Abbey Schmitt (11 points, 14 rebounds at Bryant) each posted the first double-double of their careers.
This week’s schedule includes a number of tough matchups for the Ivy League. Penn hosts Virginia on Monday and BYU will take on Dartmouth on Tuesday. That same BYU squad will take on Harvard on Friday, the same day that Cornell will face Syracuse. A pair of 2011-12 NCAA Tournament teams will square off on Saturday when Princeton travels to Marist. The Red Foxes reached the second round of the tournament last season before losing to St. Bonaventure, while the Tigers fell in the first round to Kansas State.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown guard Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, Calif.) opened her senior season with a bang, scoring a career-high 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting in the Bears’ 82-48 win over St. Peter’s. Seven of Nickel's nine field goals were three pointers, as the senior shot 7-of-13 from downtown, tying Brown’s all-time single-game record for three pointers, previously set by Jinny Gill in 1988.
Nickel earns Player of the Week for the first time of her career and takes home her second career Ivy League weekly award but first outright honor after being named Co-Rookie of the Week on Jan. 18, 2010.
Nickel's Statistics for the Week
|vs. St. Peter's
CO-ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
The Rookie of the Week award for week one of the 2012-13 season was shared by...a pair of sophomores? Harvard’s Temi Fagbenle (London) and Dartmouth’s Abbey Schmitt (Winnetka, Ill.) each saw their first collegiate action over the weekend after missing all of last year and acquitted themselves well, playing like veterans.
Fagbenle averaged 12.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 blocks as the Crimson split against North Dakota State and North Dakota. The sophomore recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in Harvard’s win over North Dakota that improved the Crimson to 1-1 on the year. Fagbenle is Harvard’s first Rookie of the Week since Christine Clark earned the award on Feb. 21, 2011.
Fagbenle's Statistics for the Week
|at North Dakota St.
|at North Dakota
Schmitt only needed one game to record her first career double-double, finishing with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the Big Green’s 64-53 win at Bryant. Schmitt also tallied three assists and one steal while shooting 71.4 percent from the field (5-of-7).
Schmitt's Statistics for the Week
Alyssa Baron, Penn (Jr., G – Miami)
22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals at Norfolk State
Christine Clark, Harvard (Jr., G – Tucson, Ariz.)
15 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 100.0 FT% at North Dakota State
17 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 60.0 FG%, 100.0 FT% at North Dakota
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Jr., G - Colts Neck,
20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 66.7 FG%, 60.0 3FG% vs. St. Peter's
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Jr., G – Fairport, N.Y.)
16 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 100.0 FT% at Colgate
11 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block, 71.4 FG% vs. Fordham
Sarah Halejian, Yale (So., G – Wyckoff, N.J.)
15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 60.0 FG%, 100.0 FT% at Holy Cross
Michelle Miller, Princeton (Fr., G – Pasadena, Calif.)
10 points, 3 rebounds, 100.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% at St. Joseph’s
Niveen Rasheed, Princeton (Sr., F – Danville, Calif.)
14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals at St. Joseph’s
Keiera Ray, Penn (Fr., G – Aurora, Ill.)
14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, 50.0 FG% at Norfolk State
Nyasha Sarju, Yale (Fr., G – Seattle)
18 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 50.0 3FG% at Holy Cross
Tyler Simpson, Columbia (Sr., G – Lawrenceville, N.J.)
12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals vs. LIU
14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist at Vermont
Kamala Thompson, Dartmouth (So., G – Selden, N.Y.)
17 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block at Bryant
Monday, November 12
Virginia at Penn, 7 pm
Tuesday, November 13
BYU at Dartmouth, 5 pm
Brown at Fairfield, 7 pm
Wednesday, November 14
Cornell at Binghamton, 7 pm
New Hampshire at Yale, 7 pm
Wagner at Columbia, 7 pm
Friday, November 16
BYU at Harvard, 5 pm
Syracuse at Cornell, 5:30 pm
Saturday, November 17
Brown at Vermont, 1 pm
Houston at Yale, 7 pm
Princeton at Marist, 7 pm
Sunday, November 18
Penn at Army, 1 pm
Fairleigh Dickinson at Columbia, 2 pm