Photos courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations, Cornell Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Information.
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 14-Game Tournament is officially underway.
One week after Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton played
their first Ivy League contests, Brown, Columbia, Cornell and Yale
joined the party.
The Bulldogs defeated the Bears, 70-53, while the Lions held off the Big Red, 71-64. Sophomore Emmy Allen posted her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Yale, while Columbia won its League opener for the first time since 2010 behind a near double-double from senior Courtney Bradford (nine points, 11 rebounds).
Dartmouth and Harvard also played last week, coincidentally against the same team, NJIT, with the same result. The Crimson defeated the Highlanders, 75-56, behind 17 points and eight rebounds from junior Temi Fagbenle. A few days later, the Big Green held off that same NJIT squad, 48-45, thanks to 17 points and seven rebounds from sophomore Lakin Roland. With 54 seconds remaining and Dartmouth trailing, 43-41, freshman Fanni Szabo hit a three-pointer to give her team a lead it would not relinquish. Dartmouth then iced the game at the free throw line, as senior Nicola Zimmer and junior Abbey Schmitt each hit a pair of free throws to hold off the Highlanders.
Penn, meanwhile, suffered a pair of close losses to Big 5 opponents, falling at Villanova, 55-54, and Saint Joseph’s, 60-52. Junior Kara Bonenberger averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal in the two games.
Seven of the Ancient Eight are in action this coming week. Penn
plays at Temple on Wednesday and then hosts NJIT on Saturday, while
Ivy League matchups feature Brown at Yale on Friday and Columbia at
Cornell and Dartmouth at Harvard on Saturday. All three Ivy
contests will be streamed on The Ivy
League® Digital Network, along with Penn’s game
against the Highlanders.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior forward Allyson DiMagno (Fairport, N.Y.) did her utmost to bring Cornell back from a seven-point halftime deficit at Columbia, scoring 15 of her game-high 21 points in the second half in a losing effort, as the Big Red fell to the Lions, 71-64. DiMagno shot 7-of-11 from the field and hit all seven of her free throws, while recording four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
DiMagno earns her second Player of the Week honor of the season (Nov. 11) and the sixth of her career to move into a tie for 12th-place on the all-time Ivy records list.
DiMagno's Statistics for the Week
Yale senior guard Janna Graf (Mission Woods, Kan.) was instrumental in her team’s Ivy League opening victory over Brown, scoring 10 points in the second half alone as the Bulldogs pulled away to win, 70-53. For the game, Graf finished with a game-high 16 points, along with six rebounds, one assist and a personal-best tying two blocks. She shot 55.6 percent from the field (5-of-9), including 3-of-5 from downtown.
Graf takes home her fourth career Player of the Week honor and first of the season. It marks her eight career Ivy League weekly award, as she was a four-time Rookie of the Week in 2010-11.
Graf's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia freshman guard Carolyn Binder (Scarsdale, N.Y.) needed only 18 minutes to lead her team in scoring, as she finished with 16 in the Lions’ 71-64 Ivy opening win over Cornell. Binder came off the bench and shot 62.5 percent from the field (5-of-8) and 80.0 percent from downtown (4-of-5). She scored 10 of her points in the second half, including a three-pointer with 5:06 remaining that gave Columbia a lead it would not relinquish.
Binder earns her third Rookie of the Week honor of the season, the most for a Lion since Lauren Dwyer took home four in 2007-08.
Binder's Statistics for the Week
Kara Bonenberger, Penn (Jr., F – Walnutport, Pa.)
12 points, 4 rebounds, 75.0 FG% at Villanova
17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 53.3 FG% at Saint Joseph’s
Courtney Bradford, Columbia (Sr., F – Alpharetta, Ga.)
9 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Cornell
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Sr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 85.7 FT% vs. Yale
Temi Fagbenle, Harvard (Jr., F – London)
17 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 58.3 FG%, 75.0 FT% at NJIT
Nia Marshall, Cornell (Fr., F – Macedonia, Ohio)
17 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 54.5 FG% at Columbia
Lakin Roland, Dartmouth (So., F – Jefferson, Ind.)
17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 63.6 FG%, 75.0 FT% at NJIT
Wednesday, January 22
Penn at Temple, 7 pm
Friday, January 24
*Brown at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, January 25
*Columbia at Cornell, 4:30 pm [IVY]
NJIT at Penn, 5 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 6 pm
*-Ivy League contest
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network