Posts by Jenn Hatfield

Jenn Hatfield has been a contributor to The Next since December 2018 and is currently the site's managing editor, Washington Mystics beat reporter and Ivy League beat reporter. Her work has also appeared at FiveThirtyEight, Her Hoop Stats, FanSided, Power Plays and Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Columbia guard Abbey Hsu holds her follow-through after a shot. Princeton guard Skye Belker turns her back to Hsu to box her out.

Who will win Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year this season?

February 21, 2024

Let’s list the top contenders — and consult the historical record

Columbia guard Abbey Hsu walks onto the court and low-fives her teammates. They each tap one hand against their forehead in a preview of Hsu's pregame handshake.

How Abbey Hsu became Columbia basketball’s all-time leading scorer

February 17, 2024

‘Just a great person to break a record’

Penn guard Mataya Gayle extends her left arm to shoot a layup as a Columbia defender arrives too late to contest.

‘She thinks this is cool’: Penn rookie Mataya Gayle is playing fearlessly

February 9, 2024

The frontrunner for Ivy League Rookie of the Year has risen to the occasion against top opponents

Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne is shown from the chest up, wearing a white Mystics uniform and looking straight down at the ground.

Why Elena Delle Donne is stepping away from basketball

February 8, 2024

Washington is left searching for answers to fill out its roster

Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud walks off the court and looks to her right at fans cheering in the stands. She raises her right arm in acknowledgment.

‘She’s in the front of everything’: Natasha Cloud’s departure from Washington reverberates on the court and in the community

February 4, 2024

The outspoken point guard was a fan favorite and one of the city’s longest-tenured athletes

Los Angeles Sparks guard Karlie Samuelson leaps off the bench and smiles as she's introduced in the starting lineup.

Washington Mystics fill holes but don’t land a superstar on Day 1 of free agency

February 2, 2024

Samuelson, Richards, Vanloo and Engstler can’t replace Mystics legend Cloud

Near center court, Columbia guards Fliss and Kitty Henderson jump in the air facing each other and bump chests.

For Columbia’s Kitty and Fliss Henderson, sisterhood — and toughness — travels

January 25, 2024

‘[She’s] kind of like a piece of home’

Two similar photos are shown side by side. At left, Harvard freshman Abigail Wright shoots a right-handed layup as Quinnipiac defenders are late to contest. At right, a black-and-white photo of former Princeton star Ellen DeVoe shooting a right-handed jump shot near the basket over an Adelphi defender's outstretched arm.

For Abigail Wright, Princeton is family — Harvard is home

January 11, 2024

Harvard’s Wright faces Princeton program with many familial ties, including mom Ellen DeVoe

A photo taken from below looking into the Washington Mystics huddle, where Elena Delle Donne is addressing her teammates.

2024 WNBA free agency preview: Washington Mystics

January 10, 2024

Is Elena Delle Donne done in D.C.?

Harvard guard Lola Mullaney stands on the perimeter near the Columbia bench and pulls the ball behind her head with both hands to pass toward the center of the court. Columbia guard Abbey Hsu stands on the 3-point line with her hands out to pressure Mullaney.

Six storylines to watch in Ivy League play

January 3, 2024

Freshman point guards, Princeton’s defense, a crucial injury and more