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.
The three teams currently atop the Ivy League women’s basketball standings are the same schools that finished first, second and third a year ago. Harvard, which didn’t play last week, remained in first with a 7-3 mark, but the Crimson’s lead over the rest of the League has been trimmed to just one game.
Penn (4-2) is in second-place after a 67-57 win over Army, ending the Black Knights’ seven-game winning streak. Four-time defending League champion Princeton moved into third-place after going 2-0 last week to improve to 6-4 on the year. The Tigers defeated Binghamton, 75-49, and Delaware, 84-80 in overtime.
It was a quiet week of Ivy action, with only five teams in action. Yale (4-6) went toe-to-toe with Georgetown, falling in the final seconds, 66-65. Bulldogs junior Sarah Halejian scored 27 points, including two free throws with seconds remaining after she was fouled on a three-point attempt. Unfortunately, Georgetown was able to inbound the ball and run out the clock to escape with the win.
Columbia (1-9) fell at Iona, 83-67, despite 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and six steals from senior Taylor Ward. Dartmouth freshman Fanni Szabo scored 23 points in a losing effort, as the Big Green (1-7) was defeated by Bryant, 79-69.
The upcoming week features seven of the teams in action, including a Midwest trip for Dartmouth, which will face DePaul and Loyola (Ill.).
The Ivy League® Digital Network will have four games, including Illinois State at Princeton on Wednesday, Saint Peter’s at Yale on Thursday and Hofstra at Harvard and Drexel at Penn on Saturday.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Prior to the 2013-14 campaign, Princeton junior guard Blake Dietrick (Wellesley, Mass.) had yet to score over 20 points in a game. Ten games into the season and Dietrick already has four 20-point performances, including two last week. She averaged 21.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals to lead Princeton to a 2-0 week, while shooting 60.0 percent from the field (15-of-25) and 46.7 percent from downtown (7-of-15).
Dietrick hit 8-of-13 field goals, including 5-of-9 from long range, en route to 21 points in a 75-49 win over Binghamton. In her team’s next game, against two-time defending CAA champion Delaware, Dietrick scored a game-high 22 in an 84-80 overtime victory, including five in the extra session, handing the Blue Hens their second loss of the season. Dietrick earns her first career Ivy League weekly award. Her honor gives Princeton back-to-back Players of the Week for the first time this season, as sophomore Michelle Miller was the recipient on Dec. 9.
Dietrick's Statistics for the Week
Yale junior guard Sarah Halejian (Wyckoff, N.J.) almost single-handedly defeated Georgetown, scoring a season- and team-high 27 points in a one-point loss to the Hoyas. She shot 11-of-20 from the field and 3-of-6 from downtown en route to her third 20-point outing of the season. She netted 17 of her points in the second half on 7-of-12 shooting.
Halejian’s 27 points is tied for the sixth-highest single-game total in Yale history, while her 11 field goals is tied for fourth and her 20 field goal attempts is tied for third in Yale’s single-game records. She takes home her third Player of the Week honor of her career and second of the season (Dec. 2). It is her ninth Ivy League weekly award, as she was a six-time Rookie of the Week in 2011-12.
Halejian's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman center Sydney Stipanovich (St. Louis) needed just 22 minutes against Army to record a career-high 17 points, along with seven rebounds, two blocks and an assist. Stipanovich scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half to help her team hold off the Black Knights and win, 67-57.
Stipanovich scored six points in the final five minutes of the game, including 4-of-4 from the free throw line. She has five double-digit scoring performances in six career games, including three straight contests with over 10 points. She is averaging 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds over Penn’s current four-game winning streak. Stipanovich takes home her first career Ivy League weekly award.
Stipanovich's Statistics for the Week
Alyssa Baron, Penn (Sr., G – Miami)
22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 46.7 FG%, 80.0 FT% vs. Army
Tori Oliver, Columbia (Fr., F – Manassas, Va.)
13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block 44.4 FG%, 100.0 FT% at Iona
Vanessa Smith, Princeton (Fr., G – Twinsburg, Ohio)
6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3FG% at Binghamton
10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Delaware
Fanni Szabo, Dartmouth (Fr., G – Budapest, Hungary)
23 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 47.4 FG%, 80.0 FT% vs. Bryant
Taylor Ward, Columbia (Sr., G – Oregon City, Ore.)
12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals, 45.5 FG%, 100.0 FT% at Iona
Monday, December 16
Dartmouth at DePaul, 1 pm
Wednesday, December 18
Illinois State at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
Thursday, December 19
Dartmouth at Loyola (Ill.), 3 pm
Saint Peter’s at Yale, 6 pm [IVY]
Saturday, December 21
Hofstra at Harvard, 1 pm [IVY]
Cornell at Robert Morris, 1:30 pm
Drexel at Penn, 2 pm [IVY]
Columbia at Kennesaw State, 2 pm
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