Ivy women’s hoops weekend review – Jan 26-27, 2019

Sat., Jan. 26

Yale (11-6; 1-1 Ivy) 84 vs Brown (9-9; 1-1 Ivy)

Eight days after being defeated by Brown, 86-71, in Providence, Yale turned the tables on their travel partners in New Haven.

The Bulldogs used their inside offensive and defensive play to open up a 41-32 halftime lead.  After stretching its advantage to 48-34 at the 7:30 mark of the third quarter, Brown methodically chipped away until a Taylor Will three cut the deficit to 3 with 5:22 left in regulation.  Yale regrouped, limiting Bruno to just one basket the rest of the way, as they went 3-3 inside the paint and made 6 of 8 free throws.

The Bulldogs only shot 28 percent from three and 59 percent from the free throw line, but they managed to shoot 56 percent from two, hold a 54-35 rebounding edge and secure 16 more points in the paint.

One week after being held to a season-low 8 points, Roxy Barahman scored a career-high 31 points.  Alex Cade added 14 points (10 in the first half) and 9 rebounds, while Camilla Emsbo had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.  The Bulldogs also got a major contribution off the bench from their captain, Alexandra Maund, who scored 9 points (7 in the second half) and 5 rebounds over 24 minutes.

Brown only shot 30 percent from three and 40 percent from two, but they did hit 81 percent of their free throws (13-16) and earn 24 points off of 19 Yale turnovers.  Justine Gaziano scored 24 points and Will added 23 on a combined 59 percent from the field and 88 percent from the charity stripe.  Shayna Mehta, who put up a career-high 37 points (53 percent shooting) in last week’s win, only scored 13 percent (20 percent shooting).  In addition, starting forward Mary Butler (0 points, 2 rebounds), who only played 18 minutes due to foul trouble, went down with an injury late in the fourth quarter.

Harvard (9-6; 2-0) 73 at Dartmouth (7-8; 0-2 Ivy) 57

Harvard captured its fifth straight victory and swept the season series with Dartmouth on Saturday, a year after splitting the games with its travel partner.

The Big Green came out shooting much better than it did at the beginning of last week’s contest, when they went scoreless for the first 14 minutes.  They had 69 percent shooting and 24 points in the first quarter, including 18 combined points from their dual point guards Cy Lippold and Annie McKenna.  Things quickly cooled off in the second, where the team only managed 10 points, including 4 baskets on 31 percent shooting.

Harvard was more consistent, putting up 18 points on 41 percent shooting in the first quarter, and 19 points on 35 percent in the second, to take a 37-34 lead.  Forward Jadyn Bush led the way with 13 points on 5 for 8 shooting, and Katie Benzan scored 12 points on four three pointers, including the tie-breaking trey with three seconds to go in the half.

The Crimson scored the first eight points of the second half, which was followed by Lippold’s back-to-back three pointers.  By the end of the third quarter, Harvard was ahead 52-46.  A Lippold jumper with 9:23 left in regulation made it a four point game, but the Crimson went on another 8-0 run over the next two minutes to stretch the lead to 12.  The Green could only get as close as nine, before their rivals extended the lead to as many as 19 points with just under 90 seconds left in the contest.

The shooting woes continued for Dartmouth in the second half, as they only shot 27 percent and made 7 baskets over the last twenty minutes.  In that time, Harvard shot 43 percent overall, including 52 percent from two.

Harvard made 9 three pointers on the night, with Benzan making 6 of them.  However, the Crimson won the game with their inside play.  They hit 51 percent from two and secured 16 more rebounds, as well as holding a 34-20 advantage with points in the paint.  Benzan ended with 22 points (going over 1,000 for her career), while Bush totaled 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Madeline Raster and Rachel Levy, each added 10 points for the winners.  In the losing effort, Lippold had a career-high 26 points and Isalys Quinones just missed a double-double with 13 points and boards.

Columbia (5-10; 1-1 Ivy) 65 vs Cornell (7-6; 1-1 Ivy) 57

Sun., Jan. 27

Penn (11-3; 1-0 Ivy; 3-1 Big Five) 81 vs Haverford (14-5; 10-4 Centennial) 46

The Quakers shot 54 percent from two and 50 percent from three (8-16), while holding their Division III neighbors to 47 percent shooting from two and 25 percent from three (4-16).  Penn held a 37-24 rebounding advantage, while forcing 16 turnovers (leading to 16 points).  In all, 12 members of the Red & Blue made it onto the score sheet with Eleah Parker leading the way with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.  Princess Aghayere added 10 points and Katie Kinum came off the bench to hit three treys for 9 points.

On Wednesday, the Quakers defeated Temple at the Palestra for their first home win over the Owls since 2015 and their third Big Five victory of the year.  Despite being outrebounded by 8 in the first half, Penn was up 35-27 due to their defense forcing the Owls into 38 percent two point and 25 percent three point shooting.  In the third quarter, Penn tied a season high with 29 points to finish the stanza with a 64-46 lead.  An Ashley Russell layup at the 4:49 mark of the fourth quarter would be the last bucket the Quakers would make, as Temple finished the game on an 8-0 run to make the final score 71-62.

Russell got back on track, after two sub-par games, to finish with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Parker had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with 4 blocks, while Aghayere added 14 points.  For the night, Penn shot 54 percent from two and had 33 percent from three, while holding a 40-22 advantage with points in the paint.  The defense did its typically solid job, limiting the Owls to 40 percent shooting from two and 29 percent from three.

Upcoming schedule

Fri., Feb. 1
Princeton (0-1 Ivy) at Columbia (1-1 Ivy) 4:00 pm (first game of double-header with men’s basketball) ESPN+
Harvard (2-0 Ivy) at Yale (1-1 Ivy) 6:00 pm ESPN+
Dartmouth (0-2 Ivy) at Brown (1-1 Ivy) 6:30 pm ESPN+
Penn (1-0 Ivy) at Cornell (1-1 Ivy) 7:30 pm (second game of double-header with men’s basketball) ESPN+

Sat., Feb 2
Harvard at Brown 4:30 pm ESPN+ and NESN
Princeton at Cornell 5:00 pm (first game of double header with men’s basketball) ESPN+
Dartmouth at Yale 5:00 pm ESPN+
Penn at Columbia 5:30 pm (first game of double-header with men’s basketball) ESPN+

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