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Women's Basketball Weekly Release - Week 13

Cornell's Joelle Davidson (left), Penn's Sydney Stipanovich (right)
Cornell's Joelle Davidson (left), Penn's Sydney Stipanovich (right)

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Photos courtesy of Cornell and Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2013-14 Ivy League women’s basketball non-conference slate has come to an end.


The Ancient Eight finished 55-57 in non-League play, good for a winning percentage of 49.1. Since Columbia joined Division I in 1986-87, the League’s 55 non-conference wins in 2013-14 marks the highest single-season total, bettering the previous mark of 51, set in 1989-90. Moreover, the Ivy’s winning percentage of 49.1 is the best since that 1989-90 campaign, when the Ancient Eight finished with a 52.0 non-conference percentage.

Overall, the 2013-14 total of 55 non-League victories ranks fifth in Ivy history:
1) 1977-78    72*
2) 1976-77    64&
3) 1979-80    62*
4) 1978-79    58*
5) 2013-14    55

The 2013-14 percentage of 49.1 is sixth-best in Ivy history:
1) 1974-75    64.3 (48-22)
2) 1976-77    62.1 (64-39)&
3) 1977-78    54.6 (72-60)*
4) 1975-76    52.5 (53-48)&
5) 1989-90    52.0 (51-47)
6) 2013-14    49.1 (55-57)

*-Columbia was a member of Division III
&-Columbia’s overall record not available

The final two non-conference wins of the 2013-14 campaign came courtesy of Penn (10-5, 0-1 Ivy), which ended its non-League slate with victories over Temple, 74-70, and NJIT, 84-48. The win over the Owls, Penn’s first since Dec. 9, 2003, gave the Quakers two Big 5 wins in the same season for just the second time in program history. Penn also set a program-record with 10 out-of-conference wins. Junior Kara Bonenberger averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 block in the two games.

In the second week of Ivy play, Yale (8-8) and Harvard (12-4) each improved their Ivy records to 2-0 with wins over Brown (6-10, 0-2 Ivy) and Dartmouth (3-13, 0-2 Ivy), respectively. The Bulldogs defeated the Bears, 73-52, behind 14 points from junior Sarah Halejian. Meanwhile, the Crimson saw senior Christine Clark move into seventh-place on its all-time scoring list with 17 points in her team’s 77-59 win over the Big Green. Clark now has 1,469 points for her career.

Cornell (9-7, 1-1 Ivy) earned a season-split with Columbia (4-12, 1-1 Ivy), defeating the Lions in Ithaca, N.Y., 76-51.

The 14-Game Tournament is in full swing this week, as the back-to-back weekend games begin. All contests from here until the end of the season will be available on The Ivy League® Digital Network. This weekend is highlighted by a matchup between the teams that finished first and second each of the last four years, Princeton and Harvard. The Tigers (10-5, 1-0 Ivy) host the Crimson on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Entering Saturday’s game against Columbia, Cornell senior forward Joelle Davidson (Hyattsville, Md.) had a total of eight points and eight rebounds – for the season. By the end of the first half, she had eclipsed both of those marks, going on to finish with career-highs in points (17) and rebounds (14), marking her first career double-double.

The 17 points matched the total amount of points Davidson had scored up to that point in her four-year career with Cornell. She shot 5-of-6 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free throw line, and on her lone miss she was able to grab the offensive rebound and score while being fouled, going on to complete the old fashioned three-point play. When Davidson entered the game, Cornell’s lead was just 12-6 in a back-and-forth contest. She went on to score 11 of the Big Red’s next 23 points over the ensuing nine minutes to help her team build a 35-15 lead.

Davidson earns her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the second Big Red to be named Player of the Week this season, joining Allyson DiMagno (Nov. 11, Jan. 20). In fact, Davidson is the first Big Red not named DiMagno to earn Player of the Week honors since Lauren Benson on Feb. 2, 2009.

Davidson's Statistics for the Week

vs. Columbia
24 5-6 .833 0-0 .000 7-7 1.000 14 1 0 0 17

It is no coincidence that Penn’s 2-0 week corresponded with the first two career starts of freshman center Sydney Stipanovich (St. Louis). Stipanovich averaged 13.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 6.5 blocks and 3.0 assists in the two games, including a near triple-double against NJIT with 11 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high and program-record eight blocks, in just 20 minutes of work. Her eight rejections marked the 10th-best single-game total in Ivy League history.

Stipanovich, who also was named Player and Rookie of the Week on Dec. 23, becomes the second Quaker to earn both awards in the same week twice in a single-season since Alyssa Baron in 2010-11. Stipanovich is the third Quaker to earn at least four Rookie of the Week honors in a single-season over the past four years, joining Kara Bonenberger (four, 2011-12) and Baron (seven, 2010-11).

Stipanovich's Statistics for the Week

at Temple
33 7-19 .368 0-0 .000 3-5 .600 10 4 5 0 17
vs. NJIT
20 4-8 .500 0-0 .000 3-3 1.000 10 2 8 0 11
TOTALS 26.5 11-27 .407 0-0 .000 6-8 .750 10.0 3.0 6.5 0.0 14.0


Jordin Alexander, Brown (So., G – Fishers, Ind.)
12 points, 3 rebounds, 60.0 FG%, 100.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% at Yale

Sophie Bikofsky, Brown (Jr., G – Newton, Mass.)
15 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, 75.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% at Yale

Kara Bonenberger, Penn (Jr., F – Walnutport, Pa.)
20 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 69.2 FG% at Temple
18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 66.7 FG%, 71.4 FT% vs. NJIT

Christine Clark, Harvard (Sr., G – Tucson, Ariz.)
17 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 83.3 FT% vs. Dartmouth

Sarah Halejian, Yale (Jr., G – Wyckoff, N.J.)
14 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 50.0 FG% vs. Brown

Nia Marshall, Cornell (Fr., F – Macedonia, Ohio)
17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 6 steals, 75.0 FG% vs. Columbia

Lena Munzer, Yale (Fr., G – Highland Park, Ill.)
14 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals, 55.6 FG%, 40.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Brown

Lakin Roland, Dartmouth (So., F – Jeffersonville, Ind.)
16 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals, 60.0 FG%, 80.0 FT% at Harvard

Friday, Jan. 31
*Harvard at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]

Saturday, Feb. 1
*Yale at Cornell, 6 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 6 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]

*-Ivy League contest
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network