February 11, 2002

W. Hoops Splits Pair

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The women’s basketball team split a tough league weekend against rivals Dartmouth and Harvard, losing a first place showdown in Cambridge on Saturday. The Red ended the front end of a four-game road trip a half game behind the first place Crimson.

The loss to Harvard was a bit of a letdown following a very strong performance Friday night at Dartmouth’s Leede Arena. Led by senior Breean Walas’ 21 points, the Red defeated the Green in Hanover for the first time since 1984. The 81-70 victory over Dartmouth (6-13, 2-4 Ivy) was crucial, as it maintained Cornell’s position at the top of the Ivy League. The Red’s win allowed it to keep pace with Harvard, who won its Friday night game against Columbia.

The Red led by 16 at one point midway through the second half when Walas and sophomore tri-captain Karen Force sank consecutive 3-pointers. However, Dartmouth cut the Cornell lead to as close as 75-66, as the Red shooters went cold for a brief period late in the game.

Dartmouth took the early lead on three consecutive 3-pointers by junior Keri Downs, who lit up the Red for a career-high 25 points

Archived article by Owen Bochner