Women’s Basketball Suffers Two Defeats to Ivy League Opponents

The women’s basketball team had another trip away from Ithaca this past weekend, traveling to Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday. The women have four games left in the regular season but this was the last time they faced either the Green or the Crimson. Going into the weekend Cornell was ranked third in the Ivy League, but after losing both contests — on Friday to Dartmouth, 60-52, and then on Saturday to Harvard, 68-63 — the Red left sitting in fifth place in the conference standings with a record of 5-5 against Ivy League opponents. “It was an interesting shift being on the road,” said junior forward Nicholle Aston. “But that doesn’t account for the poor result we had.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | Red Hosts Ivy Foes Over Weekend

The women’s basketball team will head into two Ivy League games against Brown and Yale this weekend. The Red has played four Ivy League contests, currently holding an Ivy record of 3-1. “I think we had a really gutsy win on Saturday night coming off our Harvard loss Friday night,” said head coach Dayna Smith. “When we are playing together and sharing the ball and playing team defense, we are getting a lot of good things accomplished.”

Brown and Yale have different styles of basketball compared to what the Red is used to playing against, according to Smith. “I think Brown and Yale are very guard-oriented,” Smith said.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | Marshall Leads Red Over Break

While the rest of campus was enjoying winter break, the Cornell women’s basketball team was busy in the middle of its season. The 10-6 team competed in seven games over break, winning five of them. The Red was challenged by teams from Stanford, California State University at Fullerton, Binghamton, Howard, Delaware State and Columbia. Cornell is currently in a three-way tie for first in the Ivy League with Yale and the Penn, boasting a 2-0 record against conference opponents, picking up two victories against Columbia. Following the strong break, the team is now focused on keeping up the momentum for the rest of the season, according to head coach Dayna Smith.

Women Prepare for Homestand


On Wednesday, the women’s basketball team looks to improve on their .500 record by hosting Towson University at home. After traveling to Buffalo and Marshall, Cornell has the opportunity to host three games in a row at home and avenge their two losses. Towson will come to Newman Arena at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, playing the Red for the first time. Their current record is 2-4, but they have some momentum after beating their last two opponents. Players to watch are Towson senior guard Dominique Johnson, who has netted over 1,000 points in her career as a Tiger.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | Red Drops Two Games to Buffalo Upstate, Marshall


This past week, the women’s basketball team traveled all over the East Coast for Thanksgiving break, first playing University of Buffalo Upstate and then Marshall University on Friday. Playing the University of Buffalo was going to be a challenge and the Red was preparing for the team’s speed and agility on both sides of the ball. In order to counteract that speed, the Red worked on its defensive play as a team, and on the other side of the court, getting the ball off the perimeter and into the paint, where Cornell had the advantage in height. Forwards junior Nia Marshall and sophomore Christine Ehland led the Red in scoring, finishing with nine points each. Freshman forward Caroline Shelquist added eight of her own, keeping Cornell’s numbers solidly with the bigs.