The Harvard women's basketball team may just have the best player in the Ivy league--and she's probably the third most talked about on the team.
Anyone who has been associated with the Ivies for the past few years knows about the celebrated careers of Co-Captains Erin Maher and Debbie Flandermeyer.
But sophomore standout Tammy Butler is asserting herself as a verifiable Crimson star this season. She is quiet and may not get all the press, but to borrow a cliche, she does her talking on the court.
The weekly honors have come in and Butler has walked off with some more hardware.
For the second consecutive time, the DeWolfe resident has been named Ivy League Player of the week.
And this one was a no-brainer.
It's rare for a player to capture the award in consecutive weeks, but if Butler had been snubbed it would have been simply criminal.
Leading Harvard (7-5, 3-0 in Ivies) to a convincing 99-66 victory over Dartmouth (2-10, 1-2) Saturday, Butler set a school record with 33 points on 14-20 shooting, hauling in 13 boards to boot. The previous Tuesday, she ripped down a season high 17 rebounds against Rhode Island.
No need for a comment. The numbers speak for themselves.
Joining Butler in the winners circle is freshman point guard Elizabeth Proudfit, who was named Ivy Rookie of the Week. In Harvard's two games, Proudfit collected 20 points and five assists.
Forced to enter the starting line up after an injury to starter Kelly Morrison, she has filled in with more than adequate play. Her quickness has often provided a spark to the offense, and surprisingly, she has avoided a common freshman disease: turnoveritis.
Not Since Larry Left
Maybe they should move the three point line back when Harvard plays? It just seems too easy for the Crimson. Against Rhode Island, Harvard tied an NCAA record with 16 three pointers. Leading the way was sharpshooter Maher, who set a school record with eight treys. On the season, the Crimson has converted on an amazing 43 percent of its shots from international waters. The Boston area hasn't seem shooting of this caliber since Old Larry hung them up.
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