The lady cagers (9-14, 3-7 Ivy) will look to extend their Ivy win streak to three as they travel to Boston tonight to take on the first-place Harvard Crimson. The team’s road trip continues with another stop at Dartmouth tomorrow night.
Cornell will look to play spoiler again this weekend by ending the Crimson’s perfect season. Last weekend the women set-back Brown’s title hopes, downing it 78-59.
Harvard (18-4, 10-0) enters the weekend after narrowly edging Penn and Princeton last weekend. The wins extended Harvard’s total to 22 straight Ivy wins, the second longest streak in league history.
The Crimson will look to continue its control of the tight series against the Red. When the teams last met, Feb. 15 at Newman Arena, Harvard emerged with a 77-71 victory after the Red fought back from a 17-point halftime deficit.
Junior Karen Force led all scorers in the game, putting up 27 points hitting 9 of 18 from the field. Harvard forward Hana Peljto led the Crimson with 25 points and six rebounds.
Peljto has been hot handed as of late, recording her 10th double-double of the season at Princeton last weekend. The junior has been named Ivy League Player of the Week three times this season, with the most recent award on Feb. 17, right after Harvard traveled to East Hill. She is also the 11th leading scorer in the nation.
Cornell saw heartbreak on Valentine’s Day, losing to Dartmouth 63-58. In a losing effort, Force led in assists while senior forward Lynell Davis recorded a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. It was Davis’s fifth double-double of the year.
Dartmouth (12-11, 6-4) has seen spoilers before, and will be on guard for the Red this weekend. The Green had its six-game winning streak snapped by Penn last weekend, going down in a 58-53 barn-burner. After trailing 30-24 at the half, the Green opened the second half with a 6-0 run to cut the Quaker lead to two, just four minutes in. The Green held a four-point lead at 41:37, with 10 minutes left before Penn went on a 13-2 run and never looked back. Katherine Hanks scored 14 points in the losing cause.
Cornell is currently riding a two-game Ivy winning streak, and with strong performances over the season’s final four games, can finish in the top half of the Ivy League. The Red currently sits tied for sixth with travel partner Columbia.
The Red returns home next weekend to wrap up its season against Princeton and Penn.
Archived article by Matt Janiga