Photos courtesy of Cornell, Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Entering the week, the Penn women’s basketball team was 0-2 on the year and in eighth-place in the Ivy League standings. Fast forward to today, the Quakers are on a three-game winning streak and stand in second-place in the standings with a 3-2 mark.
Penn picked up road wins against La Salle (64-54) and Bucknell (69-61), sandwiched around a victory over LIU at The Palestra (70-59). The Quakers defeated the Explorers on the road for the first time since 1973-74 and now has back-to-back wins over La Salle since 1973-75. Penn now has won Big 5 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2003-04 and 2004-05. It was also the program's largest margin of victory in a Big 5 road game.
The Quakers are the third team to occupy the second-place
position in the League standings so far in this young season,
joining Cornell, Harvard and Yale. The Crimson (7-3), meanwhile,
maintained its hold on first place after splitting at the Arizona
State Classic, falling to Long Beach State, 72-67, before
rebounding to defeat Sacred Heart, 74-63. Junior Temi
Fagbenle posted double-doubles in each contest.
Brown (5-4) went 2-1 on the week, with wins over Rhode Island (66-56) and Morgan State (63-53) and a 60-59 loss to Maine. Against URI, the Bears were led by junior Sophie Bikofsky, who scored a career-high 28 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including 7-of-11 from downtown, tying the program record for three-pointers in a game. Senior Lauren Clarke took charge in the win over MSU, netting 24 points to cross the 1,000-point threshold for her career. She is the 17th player in program history to hit the 1,000-point mark.
Cornell (5-4) went 1-1 on the week, defeating Binghamton, 63-52, but falling to St. Francis (N.Y.), 78-68, despite a career-best 20 points from senior Shelby Lyman.
Princeton (4-4) moved back to .500 with a 73-57 win at three-time Patriot League Tournament champion Navy, ending the Mids’ three-game winning streak and handing them their worst loss of the season.
Only six games will take place this coming week, with four appearing on The Ivy League® Digital Network. On Tuesday, Dartmouth hosts Bryant and Yale hosts Georgetown, both at 7:00 p.m. Penn will play Army on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and Princeton will take on Delaware on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Penn went 3-0 on the week to move over .500 for the first time this season thanks to the play of senior guard Alyssa Baron (Miami), who averaged 18.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.0 steals while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (18-of-36). She missed just one free throw in the three games, shooting 94.7 percent from the charity stripe (18-of-19).
Baron earns her eighth career Player of the Week award, moving into a tie for seventh-place in League history with Harvard senior Christine Clark. She is the second most decorated Quaker, trailing only Diana Caramanico, who received 12 Player of the Week honors.
Baron's Statistics for the Week
|at La Salle
Princeton sophomore guard Michelle Miller (Pasadena, Calif.) led the Tigers to a 73-57 win at Navy, ending the Mids three-game winning streak and moving Princeton back to .500. She scored 20 points, one shy of her career-best, shooting 9-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from downtown.
Miller also flirted with a triple-double, recording five rebounds, four assists and one block. She set personal-highs in field goals and assists and takes home her first career Ivy League weekly award.
Miller's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman forward Nia Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) has scored in double-figures in five straight games, leading the Big Red to a 3-2 mark during that stretch. In two games last week, Marshall averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.5 steals while Cornell went 1-1, defeating Binghamton and losing to St. Francis (N.Y.).
Marshall shot 44.4 percent from the field (8-of-18) and 73.3 percent from the free throw line (11-of-15), including a 4-of-4 performance against the Bearcats. During that game, she also recorded a career-best six steals. Marshall earns her second-straight Rookie of the Week honor, becoming the first Big Red to receive back-to-back such awards since Jeomi Maduka in 2005-06 and the first Cornell player to receive two Rookie of the Week awards in a single season since Lauren Benson in 2006-07.
Marshall's Statistics for the Week
|vs. St. Francis (N.Y.)
Sophie Bikofsky, Brown (Jr., G – Newton, Mass.)
28 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 47.1 FG%, 63.6 3FG%, 83.3 FT% vs. URI
13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 50.0 FG%, 40.0 3FG% vs. Maine
17 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block, 45.5 FG%, 55.6 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Morgan St.
Carolyn Binder, Columbia (Fr., G – Scarsdale, N.Y.)
24 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 83.3 FT% at St. Francis (N.Y.)
6 points, 1 rebound vs. Colgate
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Sr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 6 steals, 50.0 3FG%, 87.5 FT% vs. URI
19 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 58.3 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 75.0 FT% vs. Maine
24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 63.6 FG%, 66.7 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Morgan St.
Temi Fagbenle, Harvard (Jr., F – London)
15 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 50.0 FG% vs. Long Beach St.
22 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 52.6 FG% vs. Sacred Heart
Janna Graf, Yale (Sr., G – Mission Woods, Kan.)
14 points, 3 steals, 50.0 FG%, 57.1 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Bryant
13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 40.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Army
Shelby Lyman, Cornell (Sr., G – Snohomish, Wash.)
10 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, 60.0 FG%, 75.0 FT% vs. Binghamton
20 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 100.0 FT% vs. St. Francis (N.Y.)
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn (Fr., C – St. Louis)
4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 4 blocks at La Salle
13 points, 7 rebounds, ` steal, 1 block, 100.0 FG% vs. LIU
15 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 4 blocks at Bucknell
Monday, December 9
Columbia at Iona, 7 pm
Tuesday, December 10
Bryant at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
Georgetown at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
Wednesday, December 11
Army at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
Princeton at Binghamton, 7 pm
Sunday, December 15
Delaware at Princeton, 2 pm [IVY]
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network