Entering the second half of the season, Dartmouth has already proved itself to be the team to beat. The Big Green has won every one of its conference games thus far, including a sweep this past weekend against Columbia and Cornell. Dartmouth (12-9, 7-0 Ivy) defeated the Lions (11-11, 4-4) 55-43 on Friday by implementing stellar defense and excellent rebounding. Despite only shooting 34.0 percent from the field, the Big Green was able to hold Columbia to only 43 points on 28.1 percent shooting, well below the Lions' average of 64 points per game and 39.5 percent shooting. Dartmouth was also able to hinder the usually impressive rebounding abilities of the Light Blue, outrebounding them 43-30. Junior forward Margaret Smith led the Big Green in rebounds with 13, while senior guard Koren Schram led the team in scoring with 15. Schram also posted seven rebounds, four assists, and five steals. Sophomore forward Judie Lomax led the Lions in scoring and rebuilding with 11 and 11 respectively. Dartmouth was victorious again the following night, this time taking down Cornell (7-13, 3-5) 55-36. The Big Green's defense was even more effective than the previous night, holding the Big Red to only 21.8 percent shooting. The team once again outrebounded its opponent, grabbing 52 rebounds to Cornell's 26. Schram once again led the squad in scoring for the second night in a row with 14 points. She also had six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Allison Abt led the Big Red in both scoring and rebounding with 11 and 6 respectively. This weekend, Dartmouth will play Penn and Princeton at home. After falling to first-place Dartmouth, Columbia was able to come back the next night against second-place Harvard (13-8, 5-2), defeating them 74-71 on the road. Despite being outshot (41.5 percent to 53.7 percent) and outrebounded (34 to 37), the Lions were able to pull out this tough victory. Lomax again led the Light Blue in rebounds with 15, while both she and senior guard Katrina Cragg were the team's leading scorers with 19 points. Columbia will host Brown and Yale this weekend. Sophomore forward Emma Markley led the Crimson in scoring with 27, rebounding with 14, and blocks with eight against Columbia, earning her the honor Ivy League Player of the Week. Markley also led her team in these three categories during Harvard's 75-57 triumph over Cornell on Friday. She totaled 18 points, ten rebounds, and two blocks against the Big Red. Harvard's next two games will be at home against Princeton and Penn. Cornell will also be at home, hosting Yale and Brown. Besides Dartmouth, the only other team to sweep this weekend was Penn (6-15, 3-4), who defeated both Brown and Yale at home. In their 66-49 victory over Brown (3-19, 1-7), the Quakers shined on both the offensive and defensive ends, shooting 50.0 percent from the field while holding the Bears to only 29.7 percent during the contest. Senior forward Carrie Biemer registered a double-double, leading Penn in scoring with 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Biemer led her team to a win the next night as well, scoring 17 points during Penn's 62-46 defeat over Yale (10-12, 3-5). While the Quakers did not shoot as well against the Bulldogs, making only 43.5 percent of their shots, they were still able to hold their opponent to just 27.7 percent from the field. The Bulldogs were led by junior guard Melissa Colborne, who scored 16 points in the contest. Colborne also led Yale in scoring with 17 points during its more successful outing against Princeton (9-12, 4-3) on Friday, which resulted in a 56-54 Yale victory. Despite trailing 31-24 after the first half, the Bulldogs were able to shoot an impressive 52.2 percent from the field during the second half to pull off the win. Despite the loss, Princeton's freshman center Devona Allgood earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for posting a double-double against Yale (13 points, 11 rebounds). Allgood also led her team in both scoring and rebounding during its 66-41 win over Brown on Saturday.
Columbia Spectator Staff