Photos courtesy of Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The only thing more
compelling than a 14-Game Tournament is a one-game tournament.
That’s the situation Penn and Princeton find themselves in, as the season finale on Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. is essentially a one-game playoff for the League’s automatic berth to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
The Quakers (21-6, 11-2 Ivy) and Tigers (20-7, 11-2 Ivy) each clinched postseason berths thanks to a sweep of Cornell (14-14, 6-8 Ivy) and Columbia (6-22, 3-11 Ivy) last weekend. The winner of Tuesday’s game will advance to the NCAA Tournament, while the other team will receive the League’s automatic berth to the WNIT.
It is just the second time in Ivy League women's basketball history that two teams face each other in their season finale with the League title on the line and the first since 1994-95, when Dartmouth and Harvard entered the last game of the season both 11-2 in League play. The Big Green prevailed in Cambridge, Mass., 72-48.
Earlier this season, Princeton defeated Penn in Philadelphia, 84-53, behind a combined 44 points and 21 rebounds from sophomore Alex Wheatley, junior Blake Dietrick and senior Kristen Helmstetter. But that was before the emergence of Quaker freshman Sydney Stipanovich, who is averaging 11.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.0 blocks since becoming a starter three games after the loss to the Tigers.
Harvard (21-7, 11-3 Ivy) also reached the 20-win plateau, marking the first time in League history that three teams all won at least 20 games in a single season.
The Crimson swept Brown (10-18, 4-10 Ivy) and Yale (13-15, 7-7 Ivy) over the weekend to give head coach Kathly Delaney-Smith her 515th and 516th career wins, surpassing former Princeton men’s basketball coach Pete Carril (514) for the most victories at an Ivy League school. The 69-65 win over the Bulldogs saw junior Temi Fagbenle post 23 points and 12 rebounds, including nine of her team’s 13 points over the final 5:38 of play. Yale and Brown each split their two games over the final weekend of play, falling to the Crimson but defeating Dartmouth (5-23, 2-12 Ivy).
Another highlight from this past weekend is the play of Big Red senior Allyson DiMagno, who finished her collegiate career as the top rebounder in Cornell history, breaking a 24-year-old record that is older than she is. DiMagno averaged 13.5 points and 9.0 rebounds, including her 31st career double-double with 14 points and 12 boards at Penn, to move into first with 938 rebounds. The previous record was 931, set by Patti Froehlich (1985-89).
The One-Game Tournament, Penn at Princeton on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Jadwin Gym, will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton senior Nicole Hung (Los Angeles), who missed most of last season due to a knee injury, posted her best performances of the season in a pair of wins for the Tigers last weekend, averaging 11.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block in a pair of wins for the Tigers.
Hung finished with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting in a 69-46 win over Cornell, along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals, then shot 4-of-6 in a 92-48 win over Columbia on Senior Night, posting 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the victory over the Lions.
Hung earns her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the fourth Tiger to be named Player of the Week this season. It marks the highest number of Princeton players to receive the award in a single season since 2010-11, when Devona Allgood, Lauren Edwards, Addie Micir and Niveen Rasheed were the recipients.
Hung's Statistics for the Week
CO-PLAYER/ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
For the fourth time this season, Penn freshman Sydney Stipanovich (St. Louis) has been named Player and Rookie of the Week. She is the first freshman to receive four Player of the Week honors, and her eight Rookie of the Week awards is the sixth-most in League history. She is the second Quaker to be named Rookie of the Week eight times in a single season and the first since Diana Caramanico (10 in 1997-98).
Stipanovich averaged 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 blocks in a pair of wins for Penn over Columbia and Cornell. She shot 56.5 percent from the field in the two games (13-of-23), including a 7-of-10 performance in the win over the Lions. In that contest she also grabbed 12 rebounds for her 10th double-double, the most for a Quaker in a single season since Jennifer Fleischer recorded the same amount in 2004-05.
Stipanovich's Statistics for the Week
Sophie Bikofsky, Brown (Jr., G – Newton, Mass.)
15 points, 4 rebounds, 100.0 FT% at Dartmouth
18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 85.7 FT% at Harvard
Kara Bonenberger, Penn (Jr., F – Walnutport, Pa.)
21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 64.3 FG% vs. Columbia
9 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, 80.0 FG% vs. Cornell
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Sr., F – Fairport, N.Y.)
13 points, 6 rebounds, 100.0 FT% at Princeton
14 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals at Penn
Temi Fagbenle, Harvard (Jr., F – London)
23 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, 64.7 FG% vs. Yale
8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 66.7 FG% vs. Brown
Janna Graf, Yale (Sr., G – Mission Woods, Kan.)
6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 100.0 FT% at Harvard
12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal at Dartmouth
Nia Marshall, Cornell (Fr., F – Macedonia, Ohio)
5 points, 3 rebounds, 75.0 FT% at Princeton
14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 4 blocks, 55.6 FG% at Penn
Rebecca Musgrove, Brown (Fr., G – Plainview, N.Y.)
2 points, 5 assists, 1 steal at Dartmouth
11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 62.5 FG% at Harvard
Tori Oliver, Columbia (Fr., F – Manassas, Va.)
12 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block at Penn
9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 57.1 FG% at Princeton
Katie Werner, Yale (Fr., F – Phoenix)
13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 62.5 FG%, 75.0 FT% at Harvard
Nicola Zimmer, Dartmouth (Sr., G – Chevy Chase, Md.)
9 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3FG% vs. Brown
15 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Yale
Tuesday, March 11
*Penn at Princeton, 5:30 pm [IVY]
Monday, March 17
NCAA Tournament Selection Show, 7 pm [ESPN]
WNIT Selection Announcement
*-Ivy League contest
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network