February 3, 2006

W. Hoops Looks for Third Straight Ivy Win

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After sweeping its home-and-home series against Columbia over the past two weekends, the red-hot women’s basketball team (6-11, 3-1 Ivy) will try to keep its streak alive as it battles Dartmouth (3-0, 12-4) tonight and Harvard (5-11, 1-2) on Saturday.

“They should be our toughest games in Ivy League play so far,” said senior co-captain Brittani Rettig. “Dartmouth is the defending champ and Harvard always plays us tough, so it should definitely be a challenge.”

Currently in a tie for third place in the Ivy League, Cornell – picked to finish dead last in the league by the preseason media poll – has looked like a serious title contender as of late.

Rebounding and scoring from the charity stripe have been the keys to the Red’s success in its recent run.

In its pair of games against the Lions, Cornell out-rebounded Columbia by at least 20 rebounds in both contests. Furthermore, though the Red did not shoot particularly well in those contests, the team did collect a combined 50 offensive rebounds to give itself plenty of second-chance opportunities.

“We work on that a lot in practice,” Rettig said. “We practice going up against bigger players