Ivy women’s weekend preview: Jan. 18-19, 2019

Yale (10-5, 0-0 Ivy) at Brown (8-8, 0-0) – Friday 1/18/19 11:00 am
1/12/18 Yale home win, 77-63
1/19/18 Brown home win, 81-71

RPI #109; Strength of Schedule #256
Current Steak 5 wins; Last Five 5-0

Roxy Barahman (junior, guard) – 20.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.2 stealspg, 36.2 minutespg
Camilla Emsbo (first-year, forward) – 11.0 ppg, 50.4% FG, 8.9 rpg, 1.8 blockspg
Megan Gorman (junior, forward) – 7.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 32.4 minutes pg

The Bulldogs will look to dominate the inside, where they shoot 45.4 percent and collect over 60 percent of their points.  Their three point shooting (24.5 percent and just under five baskets a game) and free throw shooting (63.6 percent; 16 percent of total points) are not as strong.  On the other side, they focus on protecting the paint, giving up 57.9 points a game and an effective field goal rate of 39.6 percent, while securing 75.8 percent of defensive rebounds.

RPI #245 ; Strength of Schedule #280
Current Streak 1 loss; Last Five 2-3

Justine Gaziano (junior, guard) – 18.8 ppg, 48.3% FG, 37.2% 3PT, 1.5 stealspg, 35.1 minutespg
Shayna Mehta (senior, guard) – 16.8 ppg, 73.3% FT, 5.1 apg, 3.1 stealspg, 35.3 minutespg
Erika Steeves (senior, forward) – 10.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 34.8%  3PT, 32.1 minutes pg

The Bears high power offense (74.2 ppg) pushes the tempo (77.1 possessions per 40 minutes) and moves the ball around (56.6 assist rate) to get open shots.  More often, they are looking for the three point line, where they take over a third of their shots and make 8.1 baskets a game on 32.3 percent shooting. They need to be accurate, since their 26.1 offensive rebounding rate does not afford multiple chances.  Brown’s defensive strength is at the three, as they limit opponents to 28.7 percent shooting and 24.1 percent of their total points.  The interior has not been as successful, with the Bears only capturing 65.5 percent of defensive rebounds, while allowing teams to make 47.8 percent of their shots and 57 percent of their points.

Columbia (4-9, 0-0 Ivy) at Cornell (6-5, 0-0 Ivy) – Saturday 1/19/19 11:00 am
1/20/18 Cornell road win, 57-47
1/27/18 Columbia road win, 72-54

RPI #255; Strength of Schedule #197
Current Streak 2 wins; Last Five 2-3

Sienna Durr (first-year, forward) – 15.2 ppg, 51.3% FG, 6.6 rpg
Janiya Clemmons (junior, guard) – 10.3 ppg, 47.7% FG, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg
Mikayla Markham (first-year, guard) – 6.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.3 steals pg

The Lions average 66.0 points a game with a 46.9 percent effective field goal rate.  The offense focuses a great deal of its energy on the three (35.3 percent of all shots taken; 30.7 percent shooting; 33.2 percent of all points), but they actually shoot the two with better results (47.3 percent).  So far, they have not gotten a lot of help at the free throw line, with only a 14.3 percent free throw rate and 66.1 percent accuracy.  Columbia does a solid job on the defensive three point line, holding teams to a 28.9 percent three point rate and 30.1 percent shooting.  The free throw line is a area of concern, since their opponents have a 19.5 percent free throw rate and have taken 100 more attempts.

RPI #193; Strength of Schedule #291
Current Streak 4 wins; Last Five 1-4

Laura Bagwell-Katalinich (junior, forward) – 14.0 ppg, 48.5% FG, 91.7% FT, 7.2 rpg, 1.6 stealspg
Samantha Widmann (junior, guard/forward) – 11.0 ppg, 50.0% FG, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.1 stealspg
Danielle Jorgenson (junior, guard) – 5.9 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.1 steals pg

The Big Red’s offense goes through the interior with its 46.9 percent two point shooting, which accounts for 64.3 percent of its total point production, and its 34.9 percent offensive rebounding rate.  Three pointers and free throws are a different story, as the team only takes 22 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc and convert only 26.9 percent of the time.  At the line, they have a 15 percent free throw rate, shoot 67.1 percent and make only 10.5 baskets a game.  Cornell’s defense holds teams to 56.9 points per game and an effective field goal rate of 41 percent, while securing 69.1 percent of their opponents shots.  Due to their 25 percent three-point defense, opponents are hitting less than five treys a game and scoring only 24.4 percent of their points from the outside.

Dartmouth (7-6, 0-0 Ivy) at Harvard (7-6, 0-0 Ivy) – Saturday 1/19/19 2:00 pm
1/6/18 Dartmouth home win, 63-56
1/20/18 Harvard home win, 76-65

RPI #221; Strength of Schedule #313
Current Steak 1 win; Last Five 3-2

Isalys Quinones (senior, forward) – 13.5 ppg, 47.9% FG, 37.8% 3PT, 73.0% FT, 6.5 rpg, 1.9 apg
Cy Lippold (senior, guard) – 8.9 ppg, 36.6% 3PT, 4.7 apg, 1.4 steals pg
Paula Lenart (junior, forward) – 7.1 ppg, 57.6% FG, 72.4% FT, 7.2 rpg

The Big Green are averaging 63.6 points per game with a 47.9 percent effective field goal rate.  They can go inside and outside with similar success as they are third in the conference in three point shooting with 32.1 percent, second inside the arc with 47.7 percent shooting and second in offensive rebounding rate at 35 percent.  They don’t get much production from the free throw line, however, with a 13.5 percent free throw rate and 8.5 points a game.  On the defensive side, they allow 58.4 points a game and a 44.9 percent effective field goal rate.  Teams take just under 30 percent of their shots from three, but they only shoot 30.6 percent.  They are another team getting lucky on the opposing free throw line, since their opponents have a 19.4 percent free throw rate and taken 70 more attempts, but only shoot 62.6 percent.

RPI #70; Strength of Schedule #50
Current Streak 3 wins; Last Five 3-2

Katie Benzan (junior, guard) – 14.8 ppg, 3.7 3PT Made per game, 38.1% 3PT, 80.0% FT, 5.0 apg, 1.6 stealspg
Sydney Skinner (senior, guard) – 12.5 ppg, 2.4  3PT Made per game, 38.8% 3PT, 73.7% FT, 3.7 apg
Jadyn Bush (sophomore, guard) – 10.5 ppg, 55.6% FG, 8.4 rpg

While the Crimson offense has league-leading two point shooting, their ball movement and three point shooting are their greater strengths.  They have a 67.1 assist rate and are taking 39.8 percent of their shots from outside the arc, making 9.4 baskets a game and 40.8 percent of their total points on 35.6 percent shooting.  They shooting 69.0 percent from the free throw line, which is third best in the Ivy League, but they only have a 13.2 percent free throw rate and make 7.7 points per game.  The defense is successful chasing teams off the three point line, forcing teams to take two-point shots at a 72.1 percent rate.  While teams shoot 31.5 percent from three, they are only making 6.2 baskets a game.  Harvard is yet another Ivy team, losing out on the free throw line.  Opponents have a 18.3 percent free throw rate, produce 21.4 percent of their points and have 110 more attempts on the season.·

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