Photos courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 14-Game Tournament tips
off in earnest this week in Ivy League women’s basketball
with six teams playing their conference openers. Brown, Columbia,
Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale partake in their first League
games this week.
"Inside Ivy League Basketball" returns for the 2012 debut with its fourth episode on Wednesday, Jan. 11, featuring interviews with Princeton men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson and Harvard senior guard Brogan Berry.â€¨â€¨"Inside Ivy League Basketball" is hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer and takes an in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy men’s and women’s basketball on and off the courts during the 2011-12 season. The 12-episode show debuted Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguebasketball) and is available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com.
Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the League' segment. With its interview segments 'Program Profile,' 'Student-Athlete Spotlight' and 'Alumni Focus,' the show will visit with past and present players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League basketball.â€¨â€¨Fans and alumni can interact with the show via its social media platforms -- Facebook (Inside Ivy League Basketball) and Twitter (@insideivyhoops) -- as well as provide ideas and content for the show’s ‘Twitter Talk/Facebook Fodder’ segment.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior guard Brogan Berry (Beavercreek,
Ohio) had a pretty good week. She moved up in the Ivy League and
Crimson record books in scoring and assists, posted her first
career double-double and led her team to two road victories. For
the cherry on the top of her successful seven-day stretch, Berry
has been named Ivy League Player of the Week.
Berry averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in the two wins for the Crimson. She posted her first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high tying 10 assists in Harvard’s 68-47 win at in-state rival Massachusetts and scored 17 points in her team’s 56-44 road win over TCU. She moved into ninth-place in Ivy League history and fourth-place in Harvard history with 457 career assists and now stands in 10th-place in the Crimson record book with 1,236 career points.
Berry will be featured on this week's episode of Inside Ivy League Basketball, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguebasketball). The senior earned her second League Player of the Week award of the season (Dec. 12) and the fifth of her career. Berry became the second Ivy player to reach double-digits in assists this season, joining Yale’s Hayden Latham, who tallied 10 against Holy Cross on Nov. 11. Berry was also named the College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week.
Berry's Statistics for the Week
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ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman guard Sarah Halejian (Wyckoff, N.J.) was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ two victories en route to being named Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
Halejian earned her second Rookie of the Week award (Dec. 19). The freshman averaged 13.5 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in two games for the Bulldogs, as Yale went 2-0 on the week. Halejian posted 13 points, four assists and three rebounds in her team’s 69-48 win at Bucknell and followed that with a 14-point, three-steal, two-rebound performance as Yale took down Baruch, 80-47.
Halejian's Statistics for the Week
Cornell and Yale each also went 2-0 on the week. Cornell earned a pair of road victories over Fordham (40-39) and Nebraska-Omaha (63-51) while the Bulldogs took down Bucknell, 69-48, and Baruch, 80-47. In other conference action, Princeton traveled to Philadelphia and defeated Penn, 83-48, in the first Ivy League contest of the season. The Tigers recorded their fourth-straight win and handed Penn its first home loss of the year. The Quakers have dropped two in a row for the first time in 2011-12. Conference action begins in full this week, as the other six teams will open their Ivy League slates.
Alyssa Baron, Penn, Sophomore, Guard (Miami)
23 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block vs. Princeton
Lauren Clarke, Brown, Sophomore, Guard (Colts Neck, N.J.)
13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal at Rhode Island
Clare Fitzpatrick, Cornell, Junior, Forward (Southbury, Conn.)
11 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist, 1 steal at Fordham
5 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal at Nebraska-Omaha
Janna Graf, Yale, Sophomore, Forward (Mission Woods, Kan.)
13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal at Bucknell
15 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal vs. Baruch
Niveen Rasheed, Princeton, Junior, Forward (Danville, Calif.)
10 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal at Penn
Tyler Simpson, Columbia, Junior, Forward (Lawrenceville, N.J.)
13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals at Lafayette
Monday, January 9
Cornell at South Dakota, 7 pm
Wednesday, January 11
Morgan State at Columbia, 12 pm
NJIT at Penn, 7 pm
Friday, January 13
*Yale at Brown, 7 pm
*Cornell at Princeton, 7 pm
Saturday, January 14
Saint Joseph’s at Penn, 2 pm
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Sunday, January 15
*Columbia at Princeton, 2 pm
Monday, January 16
Holy Cross at Brown, 7 pm
*-Ivy League contest