January 30, 2006
Led by junior Claire Perry’s second career double-double, the women’s basketball team defeated Columbia, 64-55, this past Saturday to earn its first season-sweep over the Lions since the 1998-99 season. With the win, the Red (6-11, 3-1 Ivy) is also off to its best start against Ancient Eight foes since the 2001-02 campaign.
Perry’s 23 points and 17 rebounds sparked Cornell to victory over the Lions (4-13, 0-4). The win moves the Red into a tie for third in the Ivy League – no small feat for a team that was picked to finish last in the league by a preseason media poll.
Even more impressive, the Red played without its leading scorer and rebounder, freshman Jeomi Maduka, who was away at a track meet.
“It definitely gives us confidence,” said head coach Dayna Smith. “These conference games are the ones that really matter. We learned a lot from our tough non-conference schedule.”
As was the key in last week’s triumph over Columbia, Cornell dominated the glass, outrebounding the Lions 59-38, including 24-16 on the offensive side. Besides Perry, senior Brittani Rettig and freshman Shannan Scarselletta also made big contributions on the boards, pulling down 11 and nine rebounds, respectively.
“The rebounding was a big key for us,” Smith said. “We didn’t shoot well from the field, so it helped us get a lot more possessions.”
“[Coach Smith] has been harping on us to crash the boards,” Perry said.
Meanwhile, the Cornell victory was also keyed by its 85.2 percent (23-for-27) shooting from the charity stripe.
Cornell’s free-throw shooting was especially important toward the end of the game, as the Red shot 17-for-19 from the line in the second half to clinch the win. Perry and sophomore Lindsay Krasna, who finished with 18 points, combined to go a perfect 12-for-12 from the line in that stretch, and neither missed a free throw for the entire contest.
“We’ve had troubles letting teams get back into the game after getting a lead,” Smith said. “Claire and Lindsay were huge for us with their free throws.”
Perry, now with a free throw shooting percentage above 90 percent, leads the Ivy League in that category.
“We practice our free throws a lot,” Perry said. “I try to zone everybody out when we’re at the line.”
Beginning the game, Cornell jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead just a little over three minutes into the first half. The Red then slowly extended the lead to the 30-20 halftime score, taking advantage of its 31-15 edge on the boards in that period.
In fact, Cornell had more offensive rebounds (16) than Columbia had total rebounds (15) in that period. Perry alone had 12 boards by the half.
The Red lost no momentum in the second half, going on a 15-6 run to open up a 45-26 lead.
However, the Lions never gave up, battling back to cut the lead to single digits with just under two minutes to play. Columbia guard Megan Griffith, the Ivy League’s second-leading scorer and assist-giver, played a large role in keeping her team in the game. She scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half, including three three-pointers over the final five minutes.
In the end, though, Cornell never let the Lions get closer than eight points to cruise to the victory.
“This is a vast improvement from last year,” Perry said. “Now we’ve got to go beat Dartmouth next week.”
Archived article by Scott RiechSun Staff Writer
January 30, 2006
Heading into this past weekend’s away games against Brown and Yale, the women’s hockey team was looking for a spark that might launch it higher in the ECACHL standings. After defeating Brown, 3-1, on Friday, the team couldn’t ride its momentum to a second victory, falling to Yale the next day, 2-1.
The Red is now to 6-14-0 overall and 2-12-0 in the ECACHL.
“It was disappointing that we didn’t get a win on Saturday,” said Cornell head coach Doug Derraugh ’91. “We would have liked to have gotten that and carried some of that momentum over from the Brown victory. However, overall I was pleased with the passion that we showed the whole weekend.”
In the first contest, sophomore Brittany Forgues recorded a goal and an assist in the second period to help the Red earn all the advantage it would need for the victory over the Bears (11-9-2, 9-3-1), who are currently in first place in the league standings. Junior goaltender Beth Baronick made 26 saves to help the Red maintain its lead.
The Red was helped out by two power play goals, one from sophomore Brianne Schmidt and another from Forgues. Both power play goals were in the second period.
The game remained tense despite the Red’s one-goal advantage, as Brown out-shot the Red 27-13 in the game. Junior Halina Kristalyn eased the pressure with a goal at the 9:09 mark left in the third period, assuring the victory went to Cornell.
Saturday afternoon’s matchup against Yale (6-10-4, 3-5-3) started well for the Red, with freshman Emma Chipman scoring her fourth goal of the season just 1:21 into the first period. But the Red couldn’t hold on as the Bulldogs scored twice in the final two periods – including Deena Caplette’s game-winner with just under seven minutes to play – to claim a 2-1 victory.
“We tried to make a few plays up the middle that we probably shouldn’t have, and we weren’t getting shots through from the point to the net,” Derraugh said. “Either we missed the net or lost control of the puck.”
With just over a minute elapsed in the contest, junior Halina Kristalyn found Chipman, who put it past Yale goaltender Sarah Love for the first goal of the game.
She now has four goals and four assists for eight points on the year.
The teams went to the dressing room for the first intermission with the score 1-0 in favor of the Red, but the Bulldogs would tie it up 8:52 into the second. Yale’s Crysti Howser scored the equalizer on an assist from Caplette.
In the third, with the contest still tied at 1-1, Caplette scored the game winner at the 13:07 mark. Jenna Spring and Danielle Kozlowski were credited with the assists on the deciding goal.
Cornell had a chance to even the score with 4:42 to play when the Red started what would wind up being four minutes of power play time. The first two minutes passed uneventfully thanks to Yale’s defense, with Kristin Savard blocking one shot and Love sticking aside another. But just as that Yale penalty was ending, a pileup in front of the Bulldog net ended with Savard tossing the puck aside and being called for a delay of game penalty.
The Red called a timeout with 1:31 to play, and with 1:12 left pulled Baronick to take a two-skater advantage.
The strategy was unsuccessful, however, as the Red never got a shot on net.
After the second Yale penalty expired Love covered up a loose puck to her left, setting up a crucial faceoff in the Yale zone with 37.4 seconds to play. The Bulldogs won the drop, as well as another one shortly after, and were able to control the puck long enough to run down the clock on the Red.
Archived article by Jacob LiebermanSun Staff Writer