Women's Basketball Weekly Release - Week 5
Photos courtesy of Cornell and Harvard Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Yellow Brick Road leads
to the state of Oregon, apparently.
Columbia, Princeton and Cornell each traveled west last week to compete against teams from the Beaver State. The Lions played at Portland and Portland State, the Tigers faced Portland State and Oregon and the Big Red (the bear) took part in the Delta Dental Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by Seattle.
Columbia (1-6) dropped both of its games last week, falling to Portland, 58-42, and Portland State, 75-67. Senior Taylor Ward was able to play in front of a home crowd in both contests, as she grew up in nearby Oregon City. Ward averaged 11.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in the two games.
Princeton (3-4) fell at home to Saint Joseph’s, 74-65, before embarking on its west-coast trip. There, the Tigers defeated PSU, 94-76, and fell at Oregon, 110-90. Junior Blake Dietrick poured in 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the three games, including a career-high 26 on 10-of-13 shooting at Oregon. In that contest, she shot 6-of-8 from downtown, part of a week in which she connected on 68.8 percent of her three-pointers (11-of-16).
Cornell (4-3) defeated Drake, 59-49 to reach the Delta Dental Thanksgiving Tournament championship game. There, the Big Red was unable to come back from a 20-point second half deficit, falling to host Seattle, 52-49. Cornell missed a pair of game-tying three-pointers in the waning seconds of the contest. Cornell also bested Loyola (Md.) at home before it headed west, 57-53.
Other League action last week was highlighted by Brown’s 92-53 win over UMBC in the consolation game of the Navy Classic. The Bears (3-3) set a team record for three-pointers with 15, while scoring the most points in a single game since tallying 96 against Westfield State on Dec. 14, 1982.
Dartmouth (1-4) played in one game, falling at American, 77-54, despite a career-day from freshman Katie Vareika, who set personal-bests in points (13), field goals (four) and three-pointers (three). Penn (0-2) was off last week.
It’s a busy upcoming week for the Ancient Eight, with 17 games in seven days. Eleven of those contests will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network, including four on Dec. 4, one on Dec. 5, five on Dec. 7 and one on Dec. 8.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Harvard (6-2) junior forward Temi Fagbenle (London) earned her second-straight Player of the Week honor after leading the Crimson to a 1-1 week. Fagbenle averaged 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steal as Harvard defeated Northeastern, 81-74, and fell at St. John’s, 81-76. Fagbenle tallied her ninth career double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds) against the Huskies and scored a season-high 20 points against the Red Storm.
The Crimson’s 76 points against St. John’s marked the most given up by the Red Storm this season. Fagbenle takes home her fourth career Player of the Week award and 14th Ivy League weekly award, as she was named Rookie of the Week 10 times last season.
Fagbenle's Statistics for the Week
|at St. John's (N.Y.)
Yale (3-4) dropped a pair of games despite the play of junior guard Sarah Halejian (Wyckoff, N.J.). The Bulldogs fell at Miami, 91-67, and Furman, 66-61. Halejian averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in the two games while shooting 9-of-10 from the free throw line. She scored 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting against the Hurricanes and then poured in 19 points, five rebounds and four steals against the Lady Paladins.
Halejian earns her first weekly award of the season, the second Player of the Week honor of her career and her eighth Ivy League weekly award, as she was a six-time Rookie of the Week in 2011-12.
Halejian's Statistics for the Week
|at Miami (Fla.)
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell went 2-1 on the week thanks in large part to the play of freshman forward Nia Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio), who almost averaged a double-double for the three games (12.7 points, 9.7 rebounds). Marshall tallied 10 points and nine rebounds in the Big Red’s win over Loyola (Md.) and then recorded her first career double-double against Drake, with 13 points and 11 boards. She then set a personal-best with 15 points at Seattle, along with nine rebounds. With Cornell trailing by 18 points at the half, Marshall tallied 12 points and seven boards in the second period to help her team come back, although the rally fell three points short.
Marshall earns her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the first Big Red to be named Rookie of the Week since Marissa Rakestraw shared the award with Halejian on Dec. 19, 2011, and the first Big Red to be the sole recipient of Rookie of the Week since Stephanie Long on Feb. 28, 2011.
Marshall's Statistics for the Week
|vs. Loyola (Md.)
Blake Dietrick, Princeton (Jr., G – Wellesley, Mass.)
5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 100.0 FT% vs. Saint Joseph’s
19 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 2 steals, 70.0 FG%, 100.0 3FG% at Portland St.
26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 76.9 FG%, 75.0 3FG% at Oregon
Taylor Ward, Columbia (Sr., G – Oregon City, Ore.)
14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 50.0 3FG%, 75.0 FT% at Portland
9 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, 75.0 FT% at Portland St.
Sophie Bikofsky, Brown (Jr., G – Newton, Mass.)
10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal at Navy
21 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 77.8 FG%, 75.0 3FG% vs. UMBC
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Sr., F – Fairport, N.Y.)
12 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 57.1 FG%, 75.0 FT% vs. Loyola (Md.)
11 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3FG% vs. Drake
8 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, 100.0 FT% at Seattle
Vanessa Smith, Princeton (Fr., G – Twinsburg, Ohio)
5 points, 1 rebound vs. Saint Joseph’s
17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, 60.0 FG%, 71.4 FT% at Portland State
4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block, 100.0 FT% at Oregon
Tori Oliver, Columbia (Fr., F – Manassas, Va.)
6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 100.0 FT% at Portland
18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 FT% at Portland State
Monday, December 2
Penn at La Salle, 7 pm
Wednesday, December 4
Bryant at Yale, 5 pm [IVY]
Rhode Island at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
Columbia at St. Francis (N.Y.), 7 pm
Binghamton at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
Albany at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
Thursday, December 5
LIU Brooklyn at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
Friday, December 6
Princeton at Navy, 7 pm
Saturday, December 7
St. Francis (N.Y.) at Cornell, 1 pm [IVY]
1-Maine at Brown, 2 pm [IVY]
Army at Yale, 2 pm [IVY]
Colgate at Columbia, 4 pm [IVY]
2-Harvard vs. Long Beach State, 6:30 pm
New Hampshire at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
Penn at Bucknell, TBA
Sunday, December 8
1-Morgan State/Fairfield at Brown, 4 pm [IVY]
2-Harvard at ASU/vs. Sacred Heart, 12/2:30 pm
1-Brown Classic (Providence, R.I.)
2-Arizona State Classic (Phoenix)
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network