NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale (10-9, 1-5 Ivy) looks to get back on track this weekend after dropping consecutive home contests to Columbia and Cornell last weekend. The Bulldogs hit the road to face Dartmouth (6-13, 1-5 Ivy) on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Harvard (16-3, 4-2 Ivy) on Sunday at 4 p.m. Both games were moved back a day due to a snowstorm.
Yale Season Leaders
Senior Lena Munzer leads the Bulldogs with 13.8 points and 2.7 assists per game (52 total assists, with junior Mary Ann Santucci just behind at 51). Munzer ranks second on the team with 6.4 rebounds per game. Junior Jen Berkowitz is second behind Munzer with 13.1 points per game, and she leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game. Berkowitz also leads the Ivy League with a .543 field goal percentage. Junior Tamara Simpson ranks third on the team with 10.7 points per game and leads the Ivy League with 2.9 steals per game. She is closing in on the Yale career steals record, needing just 2 to equal the mark of 211 set by Kathleen Offer from 1992-96.
Report on the Dartmouth Big Green
After finishing 4th a year ago with a 7-7 Ivy League record, Dartmouth (6-13, 1-5 Ivy) has struggled this season. The Big Green ranks last in the Ivy League in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, and rebounding margin. However, Dartmouth stayed within single digits in both meetings against Harvard, lost the longest game in Ivy League women's basketball history against Cornell (91-88 in 4 overtimes), and beat Cornell by 10.
Junior Kate Letkewicz leads the Ivy League in 3-point percentage at .455 (40-for-88), and she ranks second in 3-pointers made behind Harvard's Katie Benzan. Letkewicz has logged the 2nd-most minutes in the Ancient Eight. Her 35.7 minutes per game place her only behind Camille Zimmerman of Columbia (37.2). Letkewicz (11.2 points per game) leads the team in scoring, while Fanni Szabo and Isalys Quinones join her in double figures at 10.2 and 10.0 points per game, respectively.
Report on the Harvard Crimson
Harvard (16-3, 4-2 Ivy) had a fantastic start to the season, led by star shooter Katie Benzan. The freshman leads the Ivy League with a .933 free throw percentage and 2.7 three-pointers made per game. She also leads the team with 12.6 points per game. Fellow freshman Jeannie Boehm leads the Ivy League with 2.6 blocks per game and leads the team with 7.5 rebounds per game. Harvard's young talent led the Crimson to a 16-game winning streak following a season-opening loss at Minnesota. Since then, a trip to Penn and Princeton, the Ivy League's top two teams from last season, brought Harvard back to earth with consecutive losses.
Yale returns home next weekend to face Princeton on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. and Penn on Saturday night at 6 p.m. Yale played first-place Penn competitively on the road earlier in the season and had chances to win at Princeton, with a 7-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs will look to build on those performances next time around.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity