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February 10, 2014

Women's Basketball Weekly Release - Week 15

Complete Women's Basketball Weekly Release in pdf format

Photos courtesy of Cornell and Penn Athletic Communications and Dartmouth Athletics Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Five teams went in, three came out.

Entering this week, five squads were essentially tied for first-place in the Ivy League women's basketball standings. Harvard, Penn and Princeton each went 2-0 over the weekend to remain at the top of the standings, but they know that anything can happen over the final four weeks of the 14-Game Tournament.

Harvard (15-5, 5-1 Ivy) defeated Brown (8-12, 2-4 Ivy), 91-71, and then held off Yale (10-10, 4-2 Ivy) in a battle of first-place teams, 58-57. Bulldogs junior Sarah Halejian tied a season-high with 27 points, but her jumper at the buzzer rimmed out to allow the Crimson to escape with the win. Harvard junior Erin McDonnell recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds against Yale for her first career double-double, with 15 of her points coming in the second half.

The Quakers (14-5, 4-1 Ivy) extended their winning streak to six games with victories over Cornell (11-9, 3-3 Ivy), 67-57, and Columbia (4-16, 1-5 Ivy), 70-63. Senior Alyssa Baron averaged 26.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists in the two games.

The Tigers (13-6, 4-1 Ivy) also swept the Lions and the Big Red, winning 70-41 and 71-56, respectively. Junior Blake Dietrick broke out of a mini-scoring slump, averaging 17.0 points in the two games while shooting 68.4 percent from the field (13-of-19). She also contributed 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the two wins. Cornell’s 0-2 week came despite the play of senior Allyson DiMagno, who recorded her fifth and sixth double-doubles of the season and 26th and 27th of her career.

Yale went 1-1 on the week, defeating Dartmouth (3-17, 0-6 Ivy), 86-52, to remain a game behind the leaders. The Bulldogs will have a chance to move back up this week, with matchups at Penn and Princeton. The Quakers and Tigers will also host Brown. Meanwhile, Columbia and Cornell will take to the road to face off against Dartmouth and Harvard. All eight games will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn senior guard Alyssa Baron (Miami) made sure her team remained in a tie for first-place, averaging 26.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists in wins at Cornell and Columbia. Baron scored a season-high 28 points against the Big Red, including 13 during a key 17-0 second half run that put the Quakers ahead for good. Baron then netted 25 at Columbia, including four-straight points late in the second period to help hold off the Lions. For the weekend, she shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the field, 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from downtown and 81.0 (17-of-21) from the free throw line. It marks the first time Baron tallied at least 20 points in back-to-back games since the first two contests of the 2012-13 season.

Baron earns her second Player of the Week honor of the season and the ninth of her career, moving into a tie with Brown’s Martina Jerant for sixth-place on the Ivy League all-time list. For her efforts, Baron was also named College Sports Madness Mid-Major National Player of the Week, the first Ivy to earn the honor.

Baron's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
B
S
PTS
at Cornell
36 9-18 .500 3-5 .600 7-7 1.000 9
1
0
4
28
at Columbia
38
7-11 .636 1-2 .500 10-14 .714 4
2
0
0
25
TOTALS 37.0 16-29 .552 4-7 .571 17-21 .810 6.5 1.5 0.0 2.0 26.5





 

CO-ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman forward Nia Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 assists in two games, including her third double-double of the season. Marshall tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds against Penn for her second double-double in three games. She extended her season-high double-digit scoring streak to eight games in the game versus Penn, before it came to an end against Princeton.

Marshall earns her fifth Rookie of the Week award of the season and sixth Ivy League weekly award, as she was co-Player of the Week on Feb. 3. She is the first Big Red to earn five Rookie of the Week awards since 2005-06, when Jeomi Maduka was a seven-time recipient.

Marshall's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
B
S
PTS
vs. Penn
34 5-13 .385 0-0 .000 3-3 1.000 12
3
0
1
13
vs. Princeton
23
3-6 .500 0-0 .000 2-2 1.000 1
0
1
2
8
TOTALS 28.5 8-19 .421 0-0 .000 5-5 1.000 6.5 1.5 0.5 1.5 10.5






After scoring at least 20 points in five of her first eight games, Dartmouth freshman guard Fanni Szabo (Budapest, Hungary) only had one in her previous 10 contests, before breaking out with 21 against Yale. Szabo shot 43.8 percent from the field (7-of-16), including a season-best 80.0 percent from downtown (4-of-5). For the week, she averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.0 assist.

Szabo takes home her third Rookie of the Week award of the season to become the second Big Green to earn three such honors in as many years, joining Abbey Schmitt.

Szabo's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
B
S
PTS
at Yale
35 7-16 .438 4-5 .800 3-4 .750 4
2
0
5
21
at Brown
25
3-11 .273 2-9 .222 0-0 .000 3
0
0
1
8
TOTALS 30.0 10-27 .370 6-14 .429 3-4 .750 3.5 1.0 0.0 3.0 14.5






HONOR ROLL
Sophie Bikofsky, Brown (Jr., G – Newton, Mass.)
14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 50.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Harvard
14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 50.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Dartmouth

Kara Bonenberger, Penn (Jr., F – Walnutport, Pa.)
4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 100.0 FT% at Cornell
16 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 FT% at Columbia

Courtney Bradford, Columbia (Sr., F – Alpharetta, Ga.)
2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block vs. Princeton
24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 69.2 FG%, 75.0 FT% vs. Penn

Lauren Clarke, Brown (Sr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 50.0 FG%, 60.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Harvard
13 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, 3 steals, 50.0 FG% vs. Dartmouth

Blake Dietrick, Princeton (Jr., G – Wellesley, Mass.)
15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 FT% at Columbia
19 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 70.0 FG%, 66.7 3FG%, 100.0 FT% at Cornell

Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Sr., F – Fairport, N.Y.)
12 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 44.4 FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Penn
14 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 80.0 FT% vs. Princeton

Sarah Halejian, Yale (Jr., G – Wyckoff, N.J.)
16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 45.5 FG%, 71.4 FT% vs. Dartmouth
27 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 100.0 FT% vs. Harvard

Erin McDonnell, Harvard (Jr., F – Morristown, N.J.)
8 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 50.0 FG% at Brown
17 points, 11 rebounds, 60.0 FG%, 75.0 3FG% at Yale

Nicola Zimmer, Dartmouth (Sr., G – Chevy Chase, Md.)
9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists at Yale
12 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals, 100.0 FT% at Brown

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, Feb. 14
*Brown at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]

Saturday, Feb. 15
*Cornell at Harvard, 6 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Princeton, 6 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]

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