Women's Basketball Remains Atop Ancient Eight

The Harvard women's basketball team continued its impression of an armored tank last weekend, steam-rolling Columbia and Cornell.

The weekend definitely had a familiar feel for the Crimson. Ditto for the rest of the Ivy League.

Ancient Eight leader Harvard (15-6 overall, 8-1 Ivy) swept its opponents for the second straight week. So did second-place Dartmouth (15-6, 7-2) and third-place Yale (11-11, 6-4).

The Big Green is riding a five-game winning streak and has won six of its last seven. For the Crimson, the victories last weekend are part of an eight-game winning streak.

Host Harvard easily defeated Columbia (2-20, 1-9) by a score of 89-51. Sophomore forward Karun Grossman scored a season-high 11 points against the cowardly Lions.


Harvard also avenged its only league loss of the season by defeating Cornell (10-12, 1-9) by a comfortable 86-65 margin.

The Crimson's offense was a key factor in its continued success.

The team holds the top-scoring offense in the league with an average of 80.4 points per game, well above Dartmouth's second-place average of 65.5.

Sophomore forward Allison Feaster and co-captain Elizabeth Proudfit rank among the league's top ten scorers. Feaster is also second in rebounds, with an average of 9.6 per game.

The sophomore power forward had impressive numbers in Harvard's two victories, totalling 36 points, 23 rebounds and 7 assists, and garnered a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll.

Junior guard Jessica Gelman had 27 points over the weekend and a 14-to-3 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Harvard is currently alone on top of the Ancient Eight, but the parallel wins of Dartmouth--the defending Ivy champion--make this weekend's home games against Penn and Princeton all the more crucial.

Harvard defeated Princeton 81-56 and Penn 85-63 in their previous meetings this season.

Dartmouth, however, remains only one game behind, riding an end-of-the-season surge. The hard-charging Big Green has built some momentum going into its final games.

Harvard will play Dartmouth in its season-finale in Hanover.