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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 14-Game Tournament is
Alone in first-place in the Ivy League women’s basketball standings, Princeton (18-7, 9-2 Ivy) lost control of its own destiny, as the Tigers were upset by Brown (9-17, 3-9 Ivy), 61-58 on Saturday. That loss, coupled with Penn’s weekend sweep of the Bears and Yale (12-14, 6-6 Ivy), leaves the Tigers and Quakers (19-6, 9-2 Ivy) in a tie for first-place and heading for a winner-take-all showdown on March 11.
In order to get to the point where the final game of the season is essentially a one-game playoff, however, Penn and Princeton will have to defeat Cornell (14-12, 6-6 Ivy) and Columbia (6-20, 3-9 Ivy) on March 7-8.
If Penn or Princeton were to slip, Harvard (19-7, 9-3 Ivy) would be right back into the mix for taking the League title, as the Crimson and Dartmouth (5-21, 2-10 Ivy) will host Yale and Brown this weekend.
All eight games this weekend will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard remained in the Ivy League title race with a sweep of Cornell and Columbia last week, thanks to the play of Crimson junior Temi Fagbenle (London). Harvard defeated the Big Red, 70-66, behind Fagbenle’s 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. In her next game, a 64-51 win over Columbia, Fagbenle erupted for 31 points and 18 rebounds, both career-highs. The win gave head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith 514 for her career, tying former Princeton men’s basketball coach Pete Carril for the most wins at an Ivy League school.
Against the Lions, Fagbenle shot 10-of-14 from the floor and hit all 11 of her free throws to become the first Crimson to eclipse the 30-point plateau since Brogan Berry on Dec. 9, 2009. Fagbenle’s double-double, her 10th of the season, is the most in a single season since Hana Peljto recorded 15 in 2003-04.
Fagbenle earns her third Player of the Week award of the season and fifth of her career. It also marks her 15th overall Ivy League weekly award, as she was a 10-time Rookie of the Week recipient last season.
Fagbenle's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia’s 0-2 week was despite the play of freshman Tori Oliver (Manassas, Va.), who averaged 22.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in the two games. Her week included a career performance in an 82-75 loss to Dartmouth, as she finished with 33 points, shooting 11-of-17 from the field and 11-of-15 from the free throw line. She is the first Lion to score at least 30 points since Judie Lomax on Jan. 23, 2010.
Oliver set career-highs in both points and field goals, and her 11 made baskets is the most by any Lion this year. She is the second Columbia player to earn Rookie of the Week this year, as Carolyn Binder has received the honor three times.
Oliver's Statistics for the Week
Courtney Bradford, Columbia (Sr., F – Alpharetta, Ga.)
10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 80.0 FG% vs. Dartmouth
2 points, 4 rebounds vs. Harvard
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Sr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 75.0 FT% vs. Penn
24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 61.5 FG%, 66.7 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Princeton
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Sr., F – Fairport, N.Y.)
10 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 100.0 FT% vs. Harvard
20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 75.0 FG% vs. Dartmouth
Kristen Helmstetter, Princeton (Sr., F – Bridgewater, N.J.)
17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, 77.8 FG%, 60.0 3FG% at Yale
20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 50.0 FG%, 60.0 3FG%, 71.4 FT% at Brown
Kathleen Roche, Penn (Jr., G – River Forest, Ill.)
10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 66.7 FG%, 50.0 3FG% at Brown
20 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 70.0 FG%, 66.7 3FG% at Yale
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn (Fr., C – St. Louis)
14 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 60.0 FG%, 100.0 FT% at Brown
7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 83.3 FT% at Yale
Carly Wellington, Brown (Sr., F – Lake Oswego, Ore.)
15 points, 6 rebounds, 55.6 FG%, 71.4 3FG% vs. Penn
2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks vs. Princeton
Whitney Wyckoff, Yale (So., G – West Chester, Ohio)
12 points, 3 rebounds, 50.0 FG%, 60.0 3FG% vs. Princeton
7 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3FG% vs. Penn
Nicola Zimmer, Dartmouth (Sr., G – Chevy Chase, Md.)
23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% at Columbia
8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 66.7 3FG% at Cornell
Friday, March 7
*Brown at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, March 8
*Brown at Harvard, 6 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Princeton, 6 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Penn, 8 pm [IVY]
Tuesday, March 11
*Penn at Princeton, 5:30 pm [IVY]
*-Ivy League contest
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network