W. Cagers Complete Near-Great Season

Crimson Dominates Statistical Leaders

Yogi Berra once said that it ain't over 'til it's over.


"It's over" Harvard women's basketball Co-Captain Erin Maher said. "It's a kind of empty feeling, though."

Despite a magnificent year from the Harvard women's basketball team, the Crimson came up just a little short of the Ivy crown--two games short, in the final analysis.

Brown, the Ancient Eight champion, lost to Pennsylvania 78-69 in overtime Sunday night to finish 13-1 in Ivy League play. Harvard, which lost twice to Brown and once to Pennsylvania, finished second at 10-3.

"Those losses were very disappointing," Maher said.

Harvard is not without solace, however. The Crimson dominated the Ancient Eight's statistical leader-boards. Consider:

* Maher won the league's scoring title, averaging 16.7 points per game.

* Sophomore forward Tammy Butler finished third on the scoring list, averaging 16.2 points.

* Co-Captain Debbie Flandermeyer is fifth on the same list, averaging 14.9 points.

* Butler and Flandermeyer occupy the two-three spots on the rebounding list with 11.8 and 9.0 boards per game, respectively.

* Maher led the league--and was fifth in the nation--in three-pointers, hitting 78 in 25 games. Junior Cara Frey is second in the Ivy League with 50, shooting a torrid 53.2 percent for long range.

* Flandermeyer easily led the league in blocked shots with 3.4 per game--a full 1.2 more than her nearest rival, Penn's Katarina Poulsen.

As a team, Harvard led the league in:

* Field-goal percentage. The Crimson shot 48 percent from the floor. The next-best team, Princeton, shot 44 percent.