Two weeks into the Ivy season, the league standings couldn't be looking any rosier for the Crimson.
Harvard (9-5, 3-0 Ivy) is all alone at the top of the standings going into a two-week layoff.
Sophomore point guard Jenn Monti was fittingly named Ivy League player of the week after leading the Crimson to victories over Yale and Brown this past weekend. Her 14 assists against Yale - a Harvard single-game record - and her 63.0 shooting percentage against the Bulldogs and the Bears this past weekend kept either of the games from being close.
Though Harvard has performed well thus far, the toughest part of its schedule is yet to come. Seven of the Crimson's remaining eleven games are on the road, and with Penn, Dartmouth, and Cornell within striking distance of Harvard, its lead is by no means secure.
The Quakers (9-5, 1-0 Ivy) appear to the toughest obstacle in Harvard's way. Penn, picked to finished first this year, features junior forward Diana Caramanico, the No. 2 scorer in the nation with a 26.3 points-per-game average. Caramanico's 41 points in an 83-73 over Lafayette tied a school record.
Senior guard Mandy West has also been a clutch performer for the Quakers this season. In Penn's first league game of the season against Princeton, West scored 30 points and dished out seven assists. In the last 1:35 of the game, West hit 9-of-10 shots from the free throw line to secure a 92-82 victory.
Despite playing a relatively difficult schedule--including games against cross-town rivals St. Joseph's and Villanova, both ranked among the top 30 in the country--Penn has maintained a solid overall record. The Quakers were terribly overmatched by the Eagles, who trounced them 76-47, but they managed to give the Wildcats a good run, before falling 85-76.
Princeton (2-12, 0-1 Ivy) had huge expectations going this season after finishing tied for the league title with Dartmouth last year. But poor shooting and ball control have plagued the Tigers en route to one of their worst starts in school history.