Photos courtesy of Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- There’s a new team in
Penn (7-2) extended its winning streak to seven games with a 67-66 victory at Miami (Fla.) and a dominating 79-49 victory over Norfolk State to take over first-place in the Ivy League women’s basketball standings, ending Harvard’s six-week reign at the top. It’s the first time the Quakers stood alone in first-place since Dec. 30, 2011.
Just four days after Princeton picked up its first win over an SEC opponent, Penn junior Katy Allen scored a basket with 5.6 seconds remaining to help the Quakers upend the Hurricanes, marking the Quakers’ first-ever defeat of an ACC squad.
It’s the first time an Ivy League team took down an ACC member since Yale beat Florida State, 91-85 on Dec. 18, 2010, and the first road win by one of the Ancient Eight over the ACC since Harvard felled Boston College, 68-58 on Dec. 28, 2006.
Penn has matched its program record for consecutive non-conference victories. Moreover, the Quakers’ win over Norfolk State marked their largest margin of victory since Jan. 10, 2005, when they defeated Lafayette, 68-33.
Harvard (9-4) dropped to second place after falling to the host Rams in the championship game of the Fordham Holiday Classic, 64-44, despite junior Temi Fagbenle’s fifth-straight double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds), the longest such streak since Hana Peljto had nine-consecutive double-doubles in 2003-04.
Princeton (9-5), meanwhile, defeated Drexel, 66-59, for its sixth win in its last seven games. Junior Blake Dietrick finished one rebound shy of her first career double-double, tallying 18 points and nine boards.
Brown (5-7) went 0-2 on the week despite the play of junior Lauren Clarke, who averaged 22.5 points per game, including a career-best 28 in the Bears’ 77-74 loss to New Hampshire. Behind a career-high 34 points from Dartmouth freshman Fanni Szabo, the Big Green (2-11) ended a nine-game losing streak with a 76-72 win over UMass in the consolation match of its Blue Sky Classic.
Cornell (6-6) went 1-1 on the week, including an 81-46 win over Vermont. Senior Allyson DiMagno, who led the League with 16 double-doubles last season, recorded her second of 2013-14 in the win over the Catamounts, with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Yale (6-7) used a pair of last-second shots to defeat Maine, 86-85, including the gamewinner at the buzzer by sophomore Nyasha Sarju. At the end of the first half, junior Sarah Halejian hit a half-court shot for three of her team-high 20 points.
This week’s schedule features the start of the 14-game tournament, as Ivy League basketball kicks off on Saturday with Harvard at Dartmouth at 2:00 p.m. and Princeton at Penn at 3:00 p.m. Both games will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Penn junior forward Katy Allen (Waukesha, Wis.) scored a career-high 18 points in the Quakers' 67-66 win over Miami, but her most important basket was her last, as it was the gamewinner with 5.6 seconds remaining. She also tallied eight rebounds, three assists and a steal and shot 70.0 percent from the field (7-of-10), 40.0 percent from downtown (2-of-5) and hit both of her free throws.
Allen takes home her first career Ivy League Player of the Week honor and her second career Ivy League weekly award, as she earned Rookie of the Week on Feb. 13, 2012.
Allen's Statistics for the Week
|at Miami (Fla.)
|vs. Norfolk St.
Princeton sophomore guard Michelle Miller (Pasadena, Calif.) scored a career and game-high 23 points to lead the Tigers to a 66-59 win at defending WNIT champion Drexel. Miller shot 58.3 percent from the field (7-of-12) and 71.4 percent from downtown (5-of-7) and tallied eight rebounds, two assists and a steal. She scored nine of Princeton’s 23 first-half points and matched her career-highs in three-pointers and rebounds.
Miller earns her second Player of the Week honor of the season (Dec. 9), matching Blake Dietrick. It marks the first time that two Tigers each received the award at least twice in a single season since 2010-11, when Devona Allgood (three times) and Niveen Rasheed (twice) and Addie Micir (twice) were the recipients.
Miller's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman center Sydney Stipanovich (St. Louis) averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks in two games to lead the Quakers to a 2-0 week, including their first-ever win over an ACC opponent. Stipanovich tallied nine points, six rebounds and four blocks at Miami, and then followed that with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a career-best six blocks against Norfolk State in just 18 minutes of play.
Stipanovich earns her third Rookie of the Week award of the season. All three have come in the past four weeks.
Stipanovich's Statistics for the Week
|at Miami (Fla.)
Courtney Bradford, Columbia (Sr., F – Amaretto, Ga.)
7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal vs. Bryant
11 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, 50.0 FG% vs. Stony Brook
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Sr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
17 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 57.1 3FG%, 75.0 FT% vs. Alabama State
28 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 64.3 FG%, 66.7 3FG%, 75.0 FT% vs. UNH
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Sr., F – Fairport, N.Y.)
14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 50.0 FG%, 80.0 FT% vs. Drexel
21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 58.3 FG%, 87.5 FT% vs. Vermont
Nia Marshall, Cornell (Fr., F – Macedonia, Ohio)
9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block vs. Drexel
17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 4 blocks vs. Vermont
Lena Munzer, Yale (Fr., G – Highland
14 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 83.3 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% at Maine
Rebecca Musgrave, Brown (Fr., G – Plainview, N.Y.)
10 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 50.0 FG%, 83.3 FT% vs. Alabama State
2 points, 2 assists, 2 steals vs. UNH
Lakin Roland, Dartmouth (So., F – Jeffersonville, Ind.)
11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block, 83.3 FT% vs. UMass
10 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 80.0 FT% at Hartford
Nyasha Sarju, Yale (So., G – Seattle)
16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 FT% at Maine
Fanni Szabo, Dartmouth (Fr., G – Budapest, Hungary)
34 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 66.7 FG%, 44.4 3FG%, 85.7 FT% vs. UMass
9 points, 2 assists, 5 steals at Hartford
Monday, January 6
Vermont at Brown, 11:30 am [IVY]
Cornell at Morgan State, 5:30 pm
Tuesday, January 7
Yale at New Hampshire, 7 pm
Wednesday, January 8
Penn at Morgan State, 5 pm
Cornell at Howard, 7 pm
Saturday, January 11
Brown at NJIT, 2 pm
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 2 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Penn, 5:30 pm [IVY]
*-Ivy League contest
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network