NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale (11-10, 2-6 Ivy) welcomes two of the Ivy League's elite teams to John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven this weekend. Yale faces 3rd-place Princeton (11-9, 5-2 Ivy) Friday at 5:30 p.m. and plays 1st-place Penn (14-6, 7-0 Ivy) Saturday at 6 p.m. Both games will be available live on ESPN 3.
Yale junior Tamara Simpson broke Yale's all-time record with her 212th career steal on Sunday against Harvard. She passed Kathleen Offer, who had 211 steals from 1992-96. Simpson leads the Ivy League with 59 steals this season, which is 18 more than Brown's Shayna Mehta, who sits second with 41.
Junior Jen Berkowitz leads the Bulldogs (11-10, 2-6 Ivy) with 13.6 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. She also leads the Ivy League with a .520 field-goal percentage. Senior Lena Munzer ranks second on the team behind Berkowitz with 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, and she leads the team with 2.7 assists per game.
Yale vs. Princeton and Penn Earlier This Season
Princeton defeated Yale 74-62 in their other meeting this season on Jan. 14. Yale led by 7 heading into the fourth quarter but relinquished the lead late. Tamara Simpson scored a season-high 22 points in the loss.
Penn defeated Yale 66-55 on Jan. 13 at the Palestra. Penn's starters all scored 9+ points, while Yale's Lena Munzer led all scorers with 19. Rebounding made a big difference, as Penn outrebounded Yale 35-23.
Report on the Princeton Tigers
Princeton (11-9, 5-2 Ivy) is in 3rd place in the Ivy League behind Penn and Harvard. The Tigers are on a 5-game winning streak since dropping their first two Ivy League contests at home.
Princeton leads the Ivy League in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.274) and steals (8.3 per game). The Tigers also lead the Ivy League with 15.2 offensive rebounds per game.
Freshman Bella Alarie leads the team with 12.8 points per game and ranks 2nd on the team with 7.2 rebounds per game. Fellow freshman Leslie Robinson ranks 2nd on the team with 9.8 points per game and leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per game (5th in the Ivy League). Robinson also ranks 2nd in the Ivy League with a .509 field-goal percentage, behind only Yale's Jen Berkowitz.
Report on the Penn Quakers
Penn enters the weekend in first place in the Ivy League with a 14-6 overall record (7-0 Ivy). Penn leads the Ivy League in scoring defense (51.8 points allowed per game), scoring margin (+10.2), field goal percentage defense (.351), blocked shots (6.0 per game), assists (15.2 per game), and assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
Penn features two of the top three rebounders in the Ivy League. Senior Sydney Stipanovich ranks 2nd with 9.1 rebounds per game, and junior Michelle Nwokedi ranks 3rd with 8.9. Stipanovich is the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, while Nwokedi leads the Ivy League this season with 2.6 blocks per game. Nwokedi and Stipanovich are also Penn's top two scorers, averaging 13.4 and 12.1 points per game this season, respectively.
Yale stays home next weekend to play Harvard and Dartmouth, in rematches of last week's games. Last Saturday, Yale beat Dartmouth 57-50, followed by a 76-56 loss at Harvard on Sunday. Yale hosts Harvard next Friday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. and takes on Dartmouth next Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity