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February 21, 2014

Women's Basketball Preview for February 21-22

Complete Women's Basketball Weekly Release in pdf format

Photos courtesy of Harvard, Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Something has to give.

Harvard, Penn and Princeton are currently on four-game, eight-game and five-game winning streaks, respectively. They stand atop the Ivy League women’s basketball standings, all with one loss in conference play. But this weekend, at least one of those winning streaks will come to an end, as the 14-Game Tournament heads towards the final stretch.

The Crimson (17-5, 7-1 Ivy) host Penn (16-5, 6-1 Ivy) on Friday and Princeton (15-6, 6-1 Ivy) on Saturday, in two games that could go a long way in deciding who wins the Ivy League title. Harvard’s lone conference loss came at the hands of the Quakers, who defeated the Crimson on Feb. 1, 67-38 in Philadelphia. In the win, junior Kara Bonenberger finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds and freshman Sydney Stipanovich flirted with a triple-double, posting 15 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks.

Penn’s lone Ivy loss was against Princeton, 84-53 on Jan. 11. But the Tigers in turn fell to Harvard, 78-68 on Jan. 31. The Crimson shot 25-of-30 from the free throw line and senior Christine Clark finished with 25 points in the victory. Reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Blake Dietrick scored just eight points in the loss, but she is averaging 22.3 points over her last four games, including an average of 27.5 points per game last weekend.

Harvard has not been swept by Penn since the 2000-01 season, when the Quakers were in the midst of winning five-straight against the Crimson. In turn, Princeton has not been swept by any Ivy team since Harvard and Dartmouth accomplished the feat in 2008-09. The Quakers and Tigers will also face the Big Green (3-19, 0-8 Ivy) this weekend.

Cornell (12-10, 4-4 Ivy) and Yale (10-12, 4-4 Ivy) hope to remain in the title hunt, with a big game on Friday between the two squads in New Haven, Conn. The next night, the Bulldogs will host Columbia (5-17, 2-6 Ivy), while the Big Red will travel to face Brown (8-14, 2-6 Ivy).

All eight games this weekend will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

Columbia (5-17, 2-6 Ivy) at Brown (8-14, 2-6 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 21 – 7 p.m.
Location: Pizzitola Sports Center • Providence, R.I.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Columbia-Brown Series: Brown leads, 38-17
Last Meeting: Brown 79, Columbia 57 • 2/01/14 • New York
Live Stats | Columbia Game Notes | Brown Game Notes

Cornell (12-10, 4-4 Ivy) at Yale (10-12, 4-4 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 21 – 7 p.m.
Location: John J. Lee Amphitheater • New Haven, Conn.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Cornell-Yale Series: Yale leads, 47-23
Last Meeting: Cornell 65, Yale 56 • 2/01/14 • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Stats | Cornell Game Notes | Yale Game Notes

Penn (16-5, 6-1 Ivy) at Harvard (17-5, 7-1 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 21 – 7 p.m.
Location: Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, Mass.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Penn-Harvard Series: Harvard leads, 49-23
Last Meeting: Penn 67, Harvard 38 • 2/01/14 • Philadelphia
Live Stats | Penn Game Notes | Harvard Game Notes

Princeton (15-6, 6-1 Ivy) at Dartmouth (3-19, 0-8 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 21 – 7 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Princeton-Dartmouth Series: Dartmouth leads, 43-28
Last Meeting: Princeton 76, Dartmouth 53 • 2/01/14 • Princeton, N.J.
Live Stats | Princeton Game Notes | Dartmouth Game Notes

Cornell at Brown
Date: Saturday, February 22 – 6 p.m.
Location: Pizzitola Sports Center • Providence, R.I.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Cornell-Brown Series: Brown leads, 47-22
Last Meeting: Cornell 80, Brown 70 • 1/31/14 • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Stats | Cornell Game Notes | Brown Game Notes

Princeton at Harvard
Date: Saturday, February 22 – 6 p.m.
Location: Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, Mass.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Princeton-Harvard Series: Harvard leads, 40-33
Last Meeting: Harvard 78, Princeton 68 • 1/31/14 • Princeton, N.J.
Live Stats | Princeton Game Notes | Harvard Game Notes

Columbia at Yale
Date: Saturday, February 22 – 7 p.m.
Location: John J. Lee Amphitheater • New Haven, Conn.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Columbia-Yale Series: Yale leads, 42-17
Last Meeting: Yale 76, Columbia 51 • 1/31/14 • New York
Live Stats | Columbia Game Notes | Yale Game Notes

Penn at Dartmouth
Date: Saturday, February 22 – 7 p.m.
Location: Leede Arena • Hanover, N.H.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Penn-Dartmouth Series: Dartmouth leads, Dartmouth leads, 42-28
Last Meeting: Penn 71, Dartmouth 53 • 1/31/14 • Philadelphia
Live Stats | Penn Game Notes | Dartmouth Game Notes