PRINCETON, N.J. -- Yale and Brown tipped off this weekend's Ivy League women's basketball action with their second consecutive match-up. The Bulldogs completed the season sweep of the Bears with a win in Providence, R.I.
Cornell earned a 53-50 win over Columbia to earn a split on the season series while Penn's Alyssa Baron tied her career-high, but Penn dropped a seven-point decision to Temple in the Quakers' final Big 5 match-up. Behind a trop of Crimson in double-figures, Harvard wrapped up the weekend slate with a 69-55 win over Seattle University.
Yale 71, Brown 59
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Yale University women's basketball team has tipped off its Ivy League season with a home-and-home series against Brown in each of the last nine seasons, and for just the second time in this stretch, the Bulldogs are off to a quick Ivy start at the Bears' expense. Sophomore Megan Vasquez tallied a game-high 18 points and six rebounds and senior Mady Gobrecht recorded her second consecutive double-double and third of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Yale to a 71-59 victory over Brown.
Temple 62, Penn 55
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PHILADEPHIA -- It was a six-year wait for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team in their quest to top a Big 5 opponent, but just three days after accomplishing that goal, the Quakers nearly knocked off another one. A strong defensive team effort and a career-high 23 points from freshman Alyssa Baron, came up just short in a 62-55 defeat to Temple Saturday afternoon at The Palestra. The Quakers finished their non-conference slate at 6-8 and are 6-9 overall, including a 1-3 record in the Big 5. Temple won their sixth straight and improved to 13-6 and 2-0 in the Big 5.
Cornell 53, Columbia 50
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ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Big Red women's basketball team opened up a nine-point lead early in the second half and held off a late comeback by Columbia, including a wild final second, to defeat the Lions, 53-50, this afternoon at Newman Arena. Cornell avenged last weekend's loss to Columbia and improved to 4-12 on the year and 1-1 in the Ivy League. Clare Fitzpatrick posted her second double-double of the season with a 14-point, 11-rebound performance.
Harvard 69, Seattle 55
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SEATTLE -- The Harvard women's basketball team downed Seattle, 69-55, Saturday afternoon at Connolly Center in the first meeting between the two programs. Four Crimson players scored in double digits as Harvard improved to 9-6 overall. Miriam Rutzen recorded her first collegiate double-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists – all career highs.