Photos courtesy of Cornell and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The road to the Ivy League
women’s basketball title still goes through Princeton.
The four-time defending champion Tigers made a statement with an 84-53 win over Penn, which came into the contest on an eight-game winning streak and in first-place in the standings. Princeton (10-5, 1-0 Ivy) defeated the Quakers (8-3, 0-1 Ivy) for the 11th straight time and head coach Courtney Banghart improved to 12-1 against Penn during her tenure. Three players scored in double figures for the Tigers, led by senior Kristen Helmstetter’s 17 points.
Harvard, which has finished second in the League the past five years, also opened its conference slate with a victory, defeating Dartmouth (2-12, 0-1 Ivy), 73-63. The Crimson (10-4, 1-0 Ivy) was led by junior Temi Fagbenle, who finished with 21 points and nine rebounds for her career-best third 20+ point effort of the season.
Cornell (8-6, 0-0 Ivy) closed its non-conference schedule with three-straight wins, including two last week as the Big Red defeated Morgan State, 59-42, and Howard, 70-58, both on the road. Senior Allyson DiMagno recorded her second double-double in the last three games, and third of the year, with 13 points and 11 rebounds against the Bison. She is averaging 16.7 points and 10.0 rebounds over Cornell’s last three games.
Brown (6-8, 0-1 Ivy) went 1-1 on the week, defeating Vermont, 61-51, before falling at NJIT, 48-43. Senior Lauren Clarke extended her double-digit scoring streak to eight games. She has finished in double figures in 13 of her team’s 14 games this season. Yale (6-8, 0-1, Ivy) fell at New Hampshire, 58-53, despite 17 points and six rebounds from junior Sarah Halejian. Columbia (3-11, 0-1 Ivy) was off last week.
Brown, Columbia, Cornell and Yale open their conference seasons this week, as the Bears will host the Bulldogs on Friday at 7:00 p.m., while the Big Red will travel to face the Lions on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Both games will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network. Harvard and Dartmouth will each travel to face NJIT this week, and Penn will take on a pair of Big 5 opponents in Villanova and Saint Joseph’s.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior Blake Dietrick (Wellesley, Mass.) was all over the court in the Tigers’ blowout win over Penn. Dietrick finished with her first career double-double, recording 16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. She played all but two minutes in the game, shot 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 from downtown. Dietrick also recorded a steal and two assists in the win.
Dietrick earns her third Ivy League Player of the Week honor of the season (Dec. 16, Dec. 30). She is the first Tiger not named Niveen Rasheed to receive the award three times in a single season since Devona Allgood in 2010-11.
Dietrick's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman Nia Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) averaged 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block in two wins for the Big Red, which defeated Morgan State and Howard. Marshall came very close to recording back-to-back double-doubles, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds against the Bears and 21 points and eight boards against the Bison. She shot 8-of-13 against Howard, setting career-highs in points and field goals.
Marshall takes home her third Rookie of the Week award of the season (Dec. 2, Dec. 9) to become the first Big Red to earn three such award in a single season since Jeomi Maduka was a seven-time recipient in 2005-06.
Marshall's Statistics for the Week
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Alyssa Baron, Penn (Sr., G – Miami)
14 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 50.0 3FG%, 75.0 FT% at Morgan State
10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block vs. Princeton
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Sr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 40.0 3FG%, 75.0 FT% vs. Vermont
11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal at NJIT
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Sr., F – Fairport, N.Y.)
16 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 61.5 FG% at Morgan State
13 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal, 44.4 FG%, 71.4 FT% at Howard
Temi Fagbenle, Harvard (Jr., F – London)
21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 71.4 FG% at Dartmouth
Sarah Halejian, Yale (Jr., G – Wyckoff, N.J.)
17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals at New Hampshire
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn (Fr., C – St. Louis)
13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 blocks, 50.0 FG% at Morgan State
5 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 71.4 FT% vs. Princeton
Wednesday, January 15
Harvard at NJIT, 12 pm
Penn at Villanova, 7 pm
Friday, January 17
*Yale at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
Penn at Saint Joseph’s, 7 pm
Saturday, January 18
Dartmouth at NJIT, 2 pm
*Cornell at Columbia, 4:30 pm [IVY]
*-Ivy League contest
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network