Ivy hoops roundup – May 11, 2020

Yale women’s incoming class announced

Yale women’s basketball announced its three-member Class of 2024 Monday. The class consists of:

  • Brenna McDonald, a 6-foot-2 forward from Natick, Mass. who was named to the Boston Globe Dream Team her senior year
  • Haley Sabol, a 6-foot-2 forward from Pittsburgh who was a first-team all-state selection her junior and senior years for Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va.
  • Elles van der Maas, a 6-foot-2 guard from Sydney who made the 2018 All-Australian team

Brown women’s incoming class announced

Brown women’s basketball announced its six-member Class of 2024 Friday. The class consists of:

  • Charlotte Jewell, a 5-foot-7 guard from Alexandria, Va. who collected first-team All-State honors three times
  • Kyla Jones, a 5-foot-9 guard from Chicago who earned first-team All-State honors in both Illinois (for Whitney Young) and in Massachusetts (for Worcester Academy)
  • Grace Kirk, a 5-foot-5 guard from Duluth, Minn. who earned first-team Duluth News Tribune All-Area honors twice
  • Emma Laszewski, a 6-foot-2 forward from Jupiter, Fla. who earned first-team All-Sun Sentinel honors as a junior and senior
  • Chantal Moawad, a 6-foot-1 forward from Los Angeles who was selected as the John Wooden Division III Player of the Year
  • Mya Murray, a 6-foot-2 forward from Uniontown, Pa., earning first-team All-County honors and leading the WPIAL in scoring as a senior for Uniontown Area High School, which this writer can confirm is one of the nation’s finest high schools

Yale women name new captain 

Yale women’s basketball announced Wednesday that Ellen Margaret Andrews will be the Bulldogs’ captain for the 2020-21 season as a senior, elected to the role in a team vote. Andrews’s captaincy comes after the Dallas native had a successful bounceback season as a junior, finishing third on the team in scoring (12.3 points per game) and 4.2 rebounds per contest, both career highs, after being sidelined for most of her sophomore season due to injury.

Columbia men’s recruit decommits 

Columbia recruit Supreme Cook, a 6-foot-8 forward from The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. decommitted from Columbia, Pat Lawless reported on Twitter earlier this month. Lawless had reported Cook’s commitment to Columbia on Twitter in July.

Palestra revisited in AIAW championship retrospective 

The 1982 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) basketball championship game played at the Palestra between Rutgers and Texas made its national television debut on the Big Ten Network Saturday night. Rutgers defeated Texas, 83-77, to win the final AIAW basketball tournament. For more historical context and to donate to support efforts toward a documentary on the 1981-82 Rutgers women’s basketball team, visit here.

Bradley’s Game 7 triumph

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals, in which the New York Knicks clinched the league title against the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-99, with Walt Frazier memorably turning in a 36-point, 19-assist, seven-rebound performance at Madison Square Garden. But also making a vital showing was Princeton’s own Bill Bradley, who turned in 17 points, five assists and four rebounds in 42 minutes. Game 7 marked Bradley’s scoring high for the series, and it was the fourth time he finished in double figures, raising his scoring average to 12.1 points per game for the series.

Helping at Newman Arena

Cornell women’s coach Dayna Smith teamed up with fellow coaches Julie Farlow (softball) and Cornell Jenny Graap (women’s lacrosse) at Newman Arena Friday to help make masks in Newman Arena to send to health care workers in need.



New AD for Harvard

Harvard Athletics on Thursday announced it had hired Erin McDermott to become its next athletic director effective July 1. McDermott comes from the University of Chicago, where she was director of athletics and recreation at the Division III school the past seven years. McDermott has significant Ivy League experience, having served as deputy director of athletics at Princeton and an athletic administrator at Columbia. McDermott will succeed Bob Scalise, who has been athletic director at Harvard since 2001 and announced in October he would step down at the end of the academic year. McDermott led Chicago to six top-20 finishes in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings among 450 Division III institutions.

“Best brother”

Ivy hoops followers know Craig Robinson as a two-time Ivy Player of the Year for Princeton, former coach for Brown and father of Princeton women’s standout and 2018 WNBA draftee Leslie Robinson. Of course, the rest of the nation knows Robinson as Michelle Obama’s older brother, and The Oprah Magazine gave readers a rundown Tuesday on the former First Lady’s only sibling in light of Obama’s Netflix film Becoming, a documentary based on her identically titled memoir that began streaming on Netflix last week.