If you missed last night's women's basketball game at Lavietes Pavilion, you missed a glimpse of the future.
Harvard (12-15, 9-5 Ivy) defeated Dartmouth (12-15, 8-6), 73-60, to finish in second place in the Ivy League and gain a season sweep over its nemesis for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
Precocious Crimson freshman forward Hana Peljto upstaged Dartmouth sophomore forward Katherine Hanks in what will become the premier individual matchup in Ivy women's basketball for the next two years.
Expect the Harvard-Dartmouth team rivalry to remain just as strong as both teams are the early contenders for next year's crown.
Although Penn (22-5, 14-0) won the Ivy title with room to spare, the Quakers graduate forward Diana Caramanico, who broke the Ivy scoring record of Allison Feaster '98 in a game against Harvard this year. With 26 last night in a win over Princeton, Caramanico averaged 21.9 points per game this year.
Caramanico's departure paves the way for Hanks and Peljto to be the premier frontcourt players in the league.
The 6'1 Hanks was last year's Ivy Rookie of the Year. If anyone other than Peljto wins the honor this year, it would be a major upset. Peljto was Ivy Rookie of the Week seven times this year.
"Hana is on her way to a great career because she is multi-dimensional," Harvard Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith said. "She's in the same league as Katherine Hanks was her freshman year."