Women's Basketball Weekend Wrap-Up for March 4-5
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Princeton women's basketball team won the 2011 Ivy League Championship and is the first team to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament after a 68-59 win over Harvard on Saturday, March 5 at Jadwin Gym in front of a crowd of more than 2,000. This is the Tigers' ninth Ivy League championship and second straight.
Yale wrapped up its first WNIT bid for the first time in its 38-year history with a 58-51 win over visiting Cornell. on Senior night at The Palestra, Penn clinched a 60-49 win over Dartmouth and in Providence, R.I., Brown secured fourth place in the Ivy standings with a 65-55 victory over Columbia.
On Friday, senior Devona Allgood was one of four players in double figures as they claimed an 81-42 win over Dartmouth. Harvard earned a 56-48 win over Penn, while Yale dropped a 48-42 decision to Columbia. Brown opened its final homestand with a 60-55 win over Cornell to round out Ivy action.
Harvard 56, Penn 48
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Harvard women's basketball battled back in the second half for a 56-48 win over Penn at The Palestra Friday night. Harvard's win coupled with a lost by Yale that night, moved the Crimson back into second place in the league and gives Harvard a shot at postseason play. Victoria Lippert and Emma Markley both led the Crimson with 13 points and Brogan Berry added 10 points for three double-digit scorers. Lippert led the team in rebounds with six, while Berry and Christine Matera each handed out four assists.
Princeton 81, Dartmouth 42
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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Princeton women's basketball team is one step closer to winning the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers defeated Dartmouth 81-42, the highest margin of victory in the Ivy League this season, to clinch at least a share of the Ivy League title. The race comes down to Princeton and Harvard, after Yale lost to Columbia this evening and Harvard defeated Penn. Princeton can win the title outright by defeating Harvard tomorrow night, when the teams face off at 6 p.m., at Jadwin Gym.
Brown 60, Cornell 55
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Sophomore guard Sheila Dixon netted 17 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Brown women's basketball team to a 60-55 victory over Cornell on Friday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win improved Brown to 9-18 overall and 5-8 in the Ivy League, while Cornell dropped to 6-21 with a 3-10 mark in the league.
Columbia 48, Yale 42
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Using a dominant defensive performance in the second half that limited Yale to just 14.8 percent shooting from the field, the Columbia women's basketball team picked up its first victory of the season away from Levien Gymnasium, 48-42, over the Bulldogs on Friday evening. The Lions entered the contest 0-11 on the road, but were able to knock off second-place Yale for the second time this season in thrilling fashion.
Princeton 68, Harvard 59
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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Princeton women's basketball team is the 2011 Ivy League Champion and is the first team to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament after a 68-59 win over Harvard on Saturday, March 5 at Jadwin Gym in front of a crowd of more than 2,000. This is the Tigers' ninth Ivy League championship and second straight.
Penn 60, Dartmouth 49
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PHILADELPHIA -- On Senior Night at The Palestra, senior notched her first career double-double as the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team kept Dartmouth at bay throughout the second half in a 60-49 win over the Big Green Saturday night.Four Quakers scored in double digits as Nicholson finished with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. The Quakers, who knocked off the Big Green for the second time in three meetings, improved to 4-2 against the Ivy League at home this season. Penn is now 11-16 overall and 5-8 in league play. Dartmouth dropped to 7-20 on the year and 3-10 in Ivy play.
Brown 65, Columbia 55
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Freshman Lauren Clarke and junior captain Aileen Daniels netted 15 points apiece to help lead the Brown University women's basketball team to a 65-55 victory over Columbia on Saturday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears finished the 2010-11 season with a weekend sweep, and ended 10-18 overall with a 6-8 record in the Ivy League. The Bears snapped Columbia's seven-game winning streak in the series, as the Lions dropped to 7-21 overall and 6-8 in the league.
Yale 58, Cornell 51
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Mady Gobrecht scored a game-high 15 points in her final regular season game at Yale to lead the Bulldogs to a 58-51 victory over Cornell and help the Bulldogs clinch their first-ever post-season WNIT bid. Megan Vasquez added 12 points for Yale, which finished the regular season at 10-4 in the Ivy League mark and 14-14 overall. The 10-4 Ivy League mark matched the best Ivy League finish in the program's history. The only other time Yale finished at 10-4 in Ivy League play was in the 1988-89 season.