Photos courtesy of Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The teams ranked 1-2-3 in
the Ivy League women’s basketball preseason
poll were Princeton, Harvard and Penn. Through the midway point
of the 14-Game Tournament, it appears the preseason poll had the
right teams at the top. The final three weeks of the 2013-14 season
will determine which order those teams will finish.
The Crimson (17-5, 7-1 Ivy), Quakers (16-5, 6-1 Ivy) and Tigers (15-6, 6-1 Ivy) all went 2-0 last week to remain at the top of the standings.
Harvard defeated Columbia (5-17, 2-6 Ivy), 99-64, and Cornell (12-10, 4-4 Ivy), 84-69. The Crimson’s 99 points against the Lions marked its highest scoring output since March 1, 1997, when it tallied 104 points in a win over Brown. Harvard’s victory over the Big Red – its 21st-straight win at Lavietes Pavilion – marked head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith’s 512th career win. She is just two shy of tying Princeton's Pete Carril for most wins all-time at an Ivy League school. Senior Christine Clark averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists over the weekend.
Penn defeated Yale (10-12, 4-4 Ivy), 62-50, and Brown (8-14, 2-6 Ivy), 78-51, to extend its winning streak to eight games, marking its second eight-game winning streak of the season. Prior to this season, the Quakers had just one winning streak of eight or more games in their entire history. Senior Alyssa Baron averaged 18.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the two games while extending her double-digit scoring streak to a season-high six games. Over the course of Penn’s current winning streak, Baron is averaging 18.4 points per game.
Princeton also took on the Bears and the Bulldogs, beating the former, 81-70, and the latter, 96-75. The Tigers’ 96 points marked the third time they reached 90 points this season and their highest single-game points total since they set a program-record with 99 against Yale on Feb. 10, 2013. Junior Blake Dietrick averaged 27.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 70.0 percent from the field (21-of-30) in the two games. For her efforts, she was named College Sports Madness Mid-Major Player of the Week. She is the second Ivy to ever receive the honor, as it went to Penn’s Baron last week.
Cornell and Columbia each split over the week, as both squads picked up road wins at Dartmouth (3-19, 0-8 Ivy). Big Red senior Allyson DiMagno extended her double-double streak to four-straight games and now has 29 for her career. The Lions ended their six-game losing streak behind junior Miwa Tachibana, who scored 17 points. The Big Green was led by sophomore Lakin Roland, who averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the two games, including a career-best 22 against the Lions. Brown senior Lauren Clarke extended her double-digit scoring streak to six games, averaging 13.5 in the two contests.
There could be some separation between the top three teams in the standings, as Penn and Princeton will each travel to face Harvard this week. Earlier this season, the Tigers defeated the Quakers, who in turn beat the Crimson, who in turn held off the Tigers.
The other big matchup features the two teams tied for second, as
Yale will host Cornell on Friday. All eight games this weekend will
be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior guard Blake Dietrick (Wellesley, Mass.) had a career day against Brown, scoring a personal-best 27 points (in just 27 minutes of play) while matching her career-high with 10 field goals. For most, that would be enough, but Dietrick is not most. The very next night, she broke those personal-bests with 28 points on 11 field goals, while leading Princeton to a win over Yale. For the week, she shot 70.0 percent from the field, including a season-best 83.3 percent on 10-of-12 shooting against the Bears.
Dietrick earns her fourth Player of the Week award of the season, putting her in a tie for ninth-place all-time in Ivy League single-season history. She is just the second Tiger to be named Player of the Week at least four times in a single season, joining Niveen Rasheed, who accomplished the feat twice (2011-12, 2012-13).
Dietrick's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman center Sydney Stipanovich (St. Louis) averaged nearly a triple-double in a pair of wins for the Quakers last week, with 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks in the two games. She flirted with a triple-double in Penn’s win over Yale, posting 15 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks. The next night, she recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with five blocks.
Stipanovich has 82 blocks on the year, already the sixth-most in a single season in Ivy League history. Moreover, she is the first Quaker to record at least six double-doubles in one season since Jennifer Fleischer had seven in 2005-06.
Stipanovich receives her sixth Rookie of the Week award of the season and her ninth Ivy League weekly award, as she is a three-time Player of the Week recipient. Stipanovich is the third Quaker to take home at least six Rookie of the Week honors and the first since teammate Alyssa Baron earned seven in 2010-11 en route to Rookie of the Year honors.
Stipanovich's Statistics for the Week
Alyssa Baron, Penn (Sr., G – Miami)
14 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 75.0 FT% vs. Yale
22 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 85.7 FG%, 100.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Brown
Christine Clark, Harvard (Sr., G – Tucson, Ariz.)
21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 63.6 FG% vs. Columbia
20 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 87.5 FT% vs. Cornell
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Sr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
13 points, 1 assist, 2 steals at Princeton
14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 57.1 3FG% at Penn
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Sr., F – Fairport, N.Y.)
18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 45.5 FG%, 88.9 FT% at Dartmouth
16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, 50.0 FG%, 83.3 FT% at Harvard
Sarah Halejian, Yale (Jr., G – Wyckoff, N.J.)
11 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 100.0 FT% at Penn
17 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals at Princeton
Nia Marshall, Cornell (Fr., F – Macedonia, Ohio)
14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 100.0 FG% at Dartmouth
14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 50.0 FG% at Harvard
Rebecca Musgrove, Brown (Fr., G – Plainview, N.Y.)
12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 62.5 FG%, 100.0 3FG% at Princeton
6 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals at Penn
Tori Oliver, Columbia (Fr., F – Manassas, Va.)
11 points, 3 assists, 50.0 3FG% at Harvard
12 points, 3 rebounds, 100.0 FT% at Dartmouth
Lakin Roland, Dartmouth (So., F – Jeffersonville, Ind.)
17 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 66.7 FG% vs. Cornell
22 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 50.0 FG%, 88.9 FT% vs. Columbia
Miwa Tachibana, Columbia (Jr., G – Los Angeles)
9 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 50.0 3FG% at Harvard
17 points, 2 assists, 50.0 FG% at Dartmouth
Nicola Zimmer, Dartmouth (Sr., G – Chevy Chase, Md.)
6 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 100.0 FT%
20 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals vs. Columbia
Friday, February 21
*Columbia at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
* Penn at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
* Princeton at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, February 21
*Cornell at Brown, 6 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Harvard, 6 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
*Penn at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
*-Ivy League contest
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network