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Women's Basketball Weekly Release - Week 17

Princeton's Annie Tarakchian (left), Yale's Sarah Halejian (middle), Penn's Sydney Stipanovich (right)

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Photos courtesy of Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Four-time defending Ivy women’s basketball champion Princeton finds itself in a familiar spot: at the top of the League standings. The Tigers (17-6, 8-1 Ivy) vaulted past Harvard (17-7, 7-3 Ivy) and Penn (17-6, 7-2 Ivy), thanks to a sweep of the Crimson by the other two teams and a loss by the Quakers at Dartmouth (4-20, 1-9 Ivy).

The Tigers now control their own destiny and can win the League for an unprecedented fifth-straight year if they win their final five games, culminating with their season finale against Penn. The Quakers, meanwhile, can set up a one-game playoff with Princeton if they win out. Harvard needs to win its remaining four contests and get some help if it wants to move back into first-place. Yale (12-12, 6-4 Ivy), coming off a 2-0 week, is in fourth-place in the standings and is certainly in contention for second-place and the League’s automatic WNIT berth.

Princeton and Penn will travel to face Brown (8-16, 2-8 Ivy) and Yale this weekend, while Cornell (13-11, 5-5 Ivy) and Columbia (6-18, 3-7 Ivy) will host Dartmouth and Harvard. All eight games will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Princeton sophomore guard Annie Tarakchian (West Hills, Calif.) averaged only 18.0 minutes per game last weekend, but she made those minutes count, scoring 14.5 points and grabbing 5.5 rebounds while shooting 84.6 percent from the field (11-of-13). She set career-highs in points (14), field goals (six) and three-pointers (two) in an 87-46 win against Dartmouth, and then promptly broke two of those personal-bests in the Tigers’ come-from-behind win at Harvard, with 15 points and three three-pointers.

Against the Crimson, 11 of Tarakchian’s points came in the second half, including all three of her three-pointers during an 11-5 Princeton run that gave the road team the lead, 49-46 with 9:36 remaining. After Harvard came back to tie the game at 61 apiece with 3:05 to go, it was Tarakchian’s layup with 30 seconds remaining that gave the Tigers an insurmountable lead, and they went on to win, 69-64.

Tarakchian earns her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the third Tiger to be named Player of the Week this season, joining fellow classmate Michelle Miller (Dec. 9, Jan. 6) and junior Blake Dietrick (Dec. 16, Dec. 30, Jan. 13, Feb. 17).

Tarakchian's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
B
S
PTS
at Dartmouth
17 6-7 .857 2-2 1.000 0-0 .000 7
1
0
0
14
at Harvard
19
5-6 .833 3-4 .750 2-2 1.000 4
0
1
0
15
TOTALS 18.0 11-13 .846 5-6 .833 2-2 1.000 5.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 14.5






Yale junior guard Sarah Halejian (Wychoff, N.J.) was also instrumental in her team’s 2-0 week, averaging 22.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals in the two games. In the Bulldogs’ 60-52 win over Cornell, she scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half, including seven during a 10-2 Yale run that gave the home team a 52-41 advantage with 3:02 remaining.

Halejian then poured in 26 points in a 73-68 win over Columbia, shooting 10-of-20 from the field and 3-of-7 from downtown. She scored six points during an 8-0 Yale run at the end of the first half that gave her squad a 37-34 halftime advantage, and then netted 17 points in the second period on 6-of-9 shooting to help preserve the victory.

Halejian earns her third Player of the Week award of the season and fourth of her career. It marks her 10th career Ivy League weekly honor, as she was a six-time Rookie of the Year recipient in 2010-11.

Halejian's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
B
S
PTS
vs. Cornell
33 5-16 .312 0-2 .000 8-10 .800 3
2
0
3
18
vs. Columbia
35
10-20 .500 3-7 .429 3-5 .600 2
6
0
4
28
TOTALS 34.0 15-36 .417 3-9 .333 11-15 .733 2.5 4.0 0.0 3.5 22.0






ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
For the seventh time this season, Penn freshman center Sydney Stipanovich (St. Louis) is Ivy League Rookie of the Week. She is the third Quaker to earn seven in one season, joining teammate Alyssa Baron (seven, 2010-11) and Diana Caramanico (10, 1997-98).

Stipanovich posted back-to-back double-doubles in a 1-1 week for the Quakers, who defeated Harvard, 63-50, but fell to Dartmouth, 53-50. She finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks as Penn ended the Crimson’s 21-game home winning streak and picked up its first win at Harvard since Feb. 6, 2004. It gave the Quakers their first sweep of the Crimson since 2000-01, when they went undefeated in League play.

The next night, Stipanovich recorded 11 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks as Penn came back from a 12-point second half deficit to take a one-point lead, 50-49, with 47 seconds remaining, only to watch the Big Green’s Nicola Zimmer score the gamewinning basket with 21 seconds to play.

Stipanovich's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
B
S
PTS
at Harvard
33 6-16 .375 0-0 .000 1-2 .500 12
1
2
1
13
at Dartmouth
37
4-12 .333 0-0 .000 3-6 .500 11
0
5
0
11
TOTALS 35.0 10-28 .357 0-0 .000 4-8 .500 11.5 0.5 3.5 0.5 12.0






HONOR ROLL
Natalie Ball, Brown (So, F – Orlando, Fla.)
6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 100.0 FT% vs. Columbia
11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 55.6 FG% vs. Cornell

Alyssa Baron, Penn (Sr., G – Miami)
21 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 44.4 FG%, 100.0 FT% at Harvard
12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 100.0 FT% at Dartmouth

Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Sr., F – Fairport, N.Y.)
16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 53.8 FG% at Yale
14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 45.5 FG%, 100.0 FT% at Brown

Carolyn Gallagher, Columbia (Fr., F – New York)
15 points, 5 rebounds, 45.5 FG%, 100.0 FT% at Brown
16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 100.0 FG% at Yale

Nia Marshall, Cornell (Fr., F – Macedonia, Ohio)
15 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 50.0 FG% at Yale
16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 80.0 FG% at Brown

Lakin Roland, Dartmouth (So., F – Jeffersonville, Ind.)
12 point, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 50.0 FG% vs. Princeton
12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal vs. Penn

Miwa Tachibana, Columbia (Jr., G – Los Angeles)
20 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 63.6 FG%, 62.5 3FG% at Brown
22 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, 47.1 FG%, 100.0 FT% at Yale

KJ Veldman, Brown (Fr., G – Spirit Lake, Iowa)
11 points, 1 rebound, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3FG% vs. Columbia
2 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal vs. Cornell

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, February 28
*Penn at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]

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

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