January 10, 2023 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Upsets galore: What’s going on in the Ivy League? 

The ladies discuss all things Ivy League

It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Natalie Heavren; Isabel Rodrigues, contributing writer at The Next and women’s basketball writer at The Daily Princetonian; and Jenn Hatfield, managing editor, Ivy League beat writer and Washington Mystics beat writer at The Next. They discuss recent upsets and other Ivy League storylines, from Columbia’s win over Princeton to Penn’s win over Columbia and Yale’s win over Harvard.

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Jenn talks about the takeaways from the two Ivy League games she covered in person:

“I couldn’t have asked for two better games to be at in person. … I did the Ivy League back-to-back as a reporter. And I must say I have extra respect for how tiring it is. But I started my weekend on Friday, watching Columbia go to Princeton and knock off the Tigers to snap a 27-game losing streak in that series. So that was a big deal. And then I continued on to Penn on Saturday, where Columbia came into town and it was a battle of 2-0 teams. Columbia was kind of looking to cement itself atop the conference but ended up falling in a really close game to Penn. And so now Penn is the only 3-0 team in the Ivy League.”

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Isabel talks about Princeton’s first Ivy League win:

“After Princeton lost to Columbia, I think I messaged you, Jenn. And I was like, ‘I fear for Cornell tomorrow,’ because if there’s one thing that you don’t want to be on the wrong side of, it’s a Princeton team on a two-game losing streak. And I think they showed that pretty quickly. This was a much more offensively cohesive performance than they’ve had before. And you can see that based on the shooting percentages across the board.

“And also there was — besides [freshman guard] Madison St. Rose with 15 points, which was a new career high, there really wasn’t one single scorer who led the team. Usually, it’s [junior guard] Kaitlyn Chen with 20-plus points. This was her first game with under 20 points in four games, I think, or three or four games. And so it was much more spread out. And defensively, they kept the same pace from that Columbia game, which was nice to see as well. So, yeah, they ended up shutting [down] Cornell 70-48, which is much more on par with what they’re used to in terms of Ivy League play.”

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