Photos courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications and Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The second week of the Ivy
League women’s basketball season featured an upset and two
close calls, as the Ancient Eight acquitted itself well against
Penn kicked things off on Monday by taking Virginia to the wire, eventually falling, 68-65. The Cavaliers came into the contest in the receiving vote category in both the AP and Coaches polls, but junior Alyssa Baron and sophomore Kara Bonenberger combined for 35 points and 15 rebounds as the Quakers nearly pulled off the upset.
BYU, which also came into this week in the receiving votes category in the coaches poll, faced two Ivy League teams. Dartmouth had first crack, falling 58-57, despite 18 points from senior Faziah Steen and 15 points from freshman Abbey Schmitt, who has opened her collegiate career with consecutive double-digit scoring performances.
Harvard took the next shot and took down the Cougars, 71-65. Three players scored in double figures for the Crimson, which trailed 34-29 at the half but outscored BYU by 11 in the second period en route to the win. Junior Christine Clark scored a team-high 18 points while shooting 8-of-16 from the floor.
Columbia and Yale each picked up their first wins of the season, 54-47 over Fairleigh Dickinson and 84-82 over Houston, respectively. In a battle of teams receiving votes in the two polls, Marist defeated Princeton in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 56-45.
The upcoming week features a number of big games for the Ivy League, including two opponents in the receiving category of both the AP and Coaches polls. On Monday, Yale will travel to face DePaul, and on Sunday, Princeton will head west to Los Angeles to take on UCLA.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
In Harvard’s six-point win over BYU, senior Victoria Lippert (San Diego) posted 15 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth career double-double. Lippert shot 4-of-10 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from downtown, and hit all five of her free throws in the victory.
Lippert earns her second career Player of the Week award and her first outright after sharing honors with Princeton’s Lauren Edwards on Jan. 3, 2011. She is a six-time Ivy League weekly award winner after being named Rookie of the Week four times in 2009-10.
Lippert's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Looking for its first win of the season, Columbia got a big game from freshman Bailey Ott (Pompton Lakes, N.J.), who scored a personal-best 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the Lions' seven-point win over FDU. She also grabbed eight rebounds, including five offensive. Ott is the first Columbia freshman to score at least 20 points in a single game since Lauren Dwyer netted 21 against Dartmouth on Feb. 15, 2008. Moreover, Ott’s 10 field goals are the most for a Lion in a single game since Judie Lomax finished with 11 against Dartmouth on Jan. 30, 2010.
In the Lions’ other game on the week, Ott finished one point and one rebound shy of her first career double-double, finishing with nine points, nine boards and one assist in a 61-47 loss to Wagner.
Ott's Statistics for the Week
Alyssa Baron, Penn (Jr., G – Miami)
21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 assist, 2 steals vs. Virginia
11 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 100.0 FT% at Army
Meredith Boardman, Yale (Fr., F – Oak Park, Ill.)
4 points, 4 rebounds vs. New Hampshire
11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block vs. Houston
Megan Bowen, Princeton (Sr., C – Bath, Pa.)
12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 66.7 FG%
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Jr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
3 points, 3 rebounds, at Fairfield
20 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals, 57.1 FG%, 57.1 3FG% at Vermont
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Jr., G – Fairport, N.Y.)
17 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 60.0 FG%, 75.0 3FG% at Binghamton
10 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, 80.0 FT% vs. Syracuse
Temi Fagbenle, Harvard (So., F – London)
13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 54.5 FG% vs. BYU
Zenab Keita, Yale (Jr., C – Raleigh, N.C.)
8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal vs. New Hampshire
18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, 50.0 FG% vs. Houston
Keiera Ray, Penn (Fr., G – Aurora, Ill.)
6 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals vs. Virginia
21 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 60.0 3FG% at Army
Abbey Schmitt, Dartmouth (So., F – Winnetka, Ill.)
15 points, 6 rebounds, 80.0 FT% vs. BYU
Faziah Steen, Dartmouth (Sr., G – Detroit)
18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 50.0 FG%, 85.7 FT% vs. BYU
Monday, November 19
Yale at DePaul, 7 pm
Tuesday, November 20
Harvard at Holy Cross, 7 pm
Manhattan at Cornell, 7 pm
Rider at Princeton, 7 pm
Wednesday, November 21
Yale at Northwestern, 12 pm
Brown at Rhode Island, 7 pm
Friday, November 23
Columbia at Morgan State, 2 pm
Harvard at Michigan, 2 pm
Princeton at UC Riverside, 10 pm
Saturday, November 24
Brown at Pittsburgh, 1 pm
Dartmouth at Albany, 2 pm
Harvard at Eastern Michigan, 7 pm
Sunday, November 25
Cornell at New Hampshire, 1 pm
Princeton at UCLA, 4 pm