Women's Basketball Weekly Release - Week 9
Photos courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- For just the third time in
Ivy League women's basketball history, one of the Ancient Eight can
claim victory over the SEC.
In the opening round of the Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va., Princeton took down Alabama, 79-59, marking the Tigers’ first-ever win over an SEC team. The victory propelled Princeton to the championship contest, where it fell to the host Cavaliers, 69-57.
The Tigers are just the third Ivy League team to defeat an SEC squad and the first since Brown felled Florida, 56-50 on Dec. 5, 2010. Prior to that, Dartmouth beat Mississippi State, 64-33 on Dec. 30, 1988.
The upcoming week features the end of a number of tournaments, including the Georgia Tech Christmas Invitational (Brown), the Fordham Holiday Classic (Harvard) and the Blue Sky Classic (Dartmouth). The Crimson is in the championship game of its tournament, having defeated Tulsa, 61-57 in the opening contest.
The Ivy League® Digital Network features seven games this week. On Monday, Columbia hosts Bryant, Cornell faces Drexel and Dartmouth takes on UMass, all at 7pm. On the second day of 2014, the Big Red will play Vermont at 7pm, while the follow day will see Brown against New Hampshire at 7pm. On Sunday, the Lions will host Stony Brook and Penn will take on Norfolk State at 2pm.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior Blake Dietrick (Wellesley, Mass.) was instrumental in her team’s performance in the Cavalier Classic, earning All-Tournament honors after averaging 18.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the two games. Dietrick shot 7-of-13 against Alabama, including three three-pointers, en route to 17 points while dishing out a season-best six assists. She then scored 19 points against Virginia, hitting 5-of-11 from downtown. Dietrick has reached double-digits in scoring in a career-best five-straight games and is averaging 17.8 points per contest during that stretch.
Dietrick takes home her second career Ivy League Player of the Week honor, as she shared the award earlier this season with Yale’s Sarah Halejian (Dec. 16).
Dietrick's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
For the first time under first-year head coach Stephanie Glance, Columbia is on a winning streak. The Lions defeated Lehigh, 87-80, for their second consecutive victory, thanks in part to freshman Carolyn Binder’s 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from downtown. Binder needed just 16 minutes to tie for the team-high in scoring, including a stretch late in the second half in which she scored five-straight points to help her squad hold off the Mountain Hawks.
Binder earns her second Rookie of the Week award (Nov. 18) to become the first Lion to receive two such awards in a single season since Lauren Dwyer was a four-time recipient in 2007-08.
Binder's Statistics for the Week
Jordin Alexander, Brown (So., G – Fishers, Ind.)
11 points, 4 rebounds, 71.4 FG%, 50.0 3FG% vs. Hampton
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Sr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
17 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals vs. Hampton
Jasmine Evans, Harvard (Sr., G – Menlo Park, Calif.)
17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 50.0 FG%, 57.1 3FG%, 75.0 FT% at Tulsa
Janna Graf, Yale (Sr., G – Mission Woods, Kan.)
17 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 63.6 FG%, 75.0 3FG% at Kansas
Sara Mead, Columbia (So., G – Winchester, Va.)
16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 75.0 FT% vs. Lehigh
Vanessa Smith, Princeton (Fr., G – Twinsburg, Ohio)
5 points, 10 rebounds vs. Alabama
11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 FT% at Virginia
Monday, December 30
1-Brown vs. Alabama State, 12 pm
2-Harvard at Fordham, 3 pm
Bryant at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
Drexel at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
3-UMass at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
Wednesday, January 1
Penn at Miami (Fla.), 2 pm
Thursday, January 2
Vermont at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
Friday, January 3
New Hampshire at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, January 4
Dartmouth at Hartford, 2 pm
Princeton at Drexel, 2 pm
Sunday, January 5
Yale at Maine, 2 pm
Stony Brook at Columbia, 2 pm [IVY]
Norfolk State at Penn, 2 pm [IVY}
1-Georgia Tech Christmas Invitational (Atlanta)
2-Fordham Holiday Classic (Bronx, N.Y.)
3-Blue Sky Classic (Hanover, N.H.)
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network