Photos courtesy of Brown Athletics Communications, Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Harvard Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Two weeks into the 2013-14
women’s basketball season, and one Ivy League team remains
Cornell (2-0) took to the road for the first time this season and came from behind to upend Buffalo, 79-72. The Big Red trailed by five early in the second half before going on a 14-4 run to take a lead it would not relinquish. Senior Allyson DiMagno scored seven of her team-high 16 points during that stretch.
Harvard (3-1) won its second- and third-straight games last week, defeating cross-town rival Boston U., 76-67, and North Dakota State, 84-56. Senior Christine Clark averaged 21.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the two games.
Brown (1-1) and Princeton (1-1) each picked up their first victories of the season. The Bears took to the road and defeated Saint Peter’s, 64-52, behind junior Sophie Bikofsky’s career-high 23 points. The Tigers, meanwhile, faced fellow 2013 NCAA Tournament team Marist and won handily, 81-58. Senior Kristen Helmstetter led five Princeton players in double-figures with 18 points.
In a 1-1 week for Dartmouth (1-2), freshman Fanni Szabo led the Big Green to a 66-62 win over Vermont, scoring almost half of her team’s points with 31 on 10-of-15 shooting. It marked the first win of first-year head coach Belle Koclanes' career. Yale (2-1) also went 1-1 on the week, with its victory coming against UMass-Lowell, 90-77. Junior Sarah Halejian finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in the win. Columbia (1-2) fell at Lafayette, 95-83, despite 23 points from freshman Carolyn Binder.
The upcoming week features a number of tough matchups for the Ancient Eight. On Monday, Cornell will become the second Ivy team to face Syracuse, which defeated Dartmouth last week. The Big Green, meanwhile, will host Providence. Saturday will see the battle of the ‘nells, when Cornell hosts Bucknell. That same day, Princeton will play at Georgetown and No. 5 Notre Dame will come to The Palestra to face Penn.
The Ivy League® Digital Network will feature six games this week, including Providence at Dartmouth (Nov. 18), FIU at Harvard and Princeton at Rider (Nov. 19), Drexel at Penn (Nov. 21), Cal State Fullerton at Columbia (Nov. 22), Bucknell at Cornell and Notre Dame at Penn (Nov. 23).
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Brown junior guard Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) and Harvard senior guard Christine Clark (Tucson, Ariz.) both were instrumental in their teams’ undefeated weeks.
Bikofsky scored a career-high 23 points in a 64-52 win at Saint Peter’s, hitting a personal-best eight field goals on 11 attempts for a 72.7 field goal percentage. Six of her eight field goals were from downtown. Bikofsky also recorded four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in the win. She takes home her first career Ivy League weekly award.
Bikofsky's Statistics for the Week
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Clark, meanwhile, receives her eighth career Player of the Week
honor and moves into seventh-place on the Ivy League all-time list.
She passes, among others, former Dartmouth standout and current
Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart, who was
named Player of the Week seven times while with the Big Green.
Clark scored 21 points in back-to-back games to lead the Crimson to a 2-0 week. She shot 46.9 percent from the field for the week (15-of-32) and 9-of-10 from the free throw line (90.0 percent).
Clark's Statistics for the Week
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ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia freshman guard Carolyn Binder (Scarsdale, N.Y.) put on a show in the Lions’ loss at Lafayette, scoring a career-high 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting (43.8 percent), including 4-of-8 from downtown (50.0 percent) She made good on five of her six free throw attempts and also recorded five rebounds. Binder has eclipsed 20 points in two of her first three games, as she netted 28 in the season opener.
Binder earns her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the Lions’ first Rookie of the Week since Bailey Ott on Nov. 19, 2012.
Binder's Statistics for the Week
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Sr., F – Fairport, N.Y.)
16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 71.4 FG%, 83.3 FT% at Buffalo
Sarah Halejian, Yale (Jr., G – Wyckoff, N.J.)
20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 53.8 FG%, 83.3 FT% vs. UMass-Lowell
9 points vs. Sacred Heart
Kristen Helmstetter, Princeton (Sr., F – Bridgewater, N.J.)
18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 53.8 FG%, 57.1 3FG% vs. Marist
Vanessa Smith, Princeton (Fr., G – Tinsburg, Ohio)
11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 62.5 FG% vs. Marist
Fanni Szabo, Dartmouth (Fr., G – Budapest, Hungary)
31 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 66.7 FG%, 42.9 3FG%, 80.0 FT% vs. Vermont
2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block at Syracuse
Miwa Tachibana, Columbia (Jr., G – Los Angeles)
17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 66.7 FG%, 75.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% at Lafayette
Monday, November 18
Cornell at Syracuse, 4:30 pm
Providence at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
Tuesday, November 19
FIU at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
Princeton at Rider, 7 pm [IVY]
Yale at Boston U., 7 pm
Wednesday, November 20
Brown at Bryant, 7 pm
Thursday, November 21
Drexel at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
Friday, November 22
Cal State Fullerton at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
Yale at Fordham, 7 pm
Saturday, November 23
Brown at Army, 1 pm
Cornell at Bucknell, 1 pm
Princeton at Georgetown, 2 pm
No. 5 Notre Dame at Penn, 3 pm [IVY]
Harvard at Colgate, 4 pm
Sunday, November 24
Columbia at FDU, 2 pm
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