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Sports shorts: Basketball teams lead Ivy at midpoint

At the halfway point for Ivy League play, the MEN’S and WOMEN’S BASKETBALL teams are on track for their first Ivy title sweep since 1977. The Princeton men (19-4, 7-0 Ivy) dominated Columbia and edged Cornell Feb. 11 and 12 to maintain their half-game lead over Harvard in the standings. The women (17-4, 6-1) also swept their weekend games and jumped into first place thanks to a pair of Harvard losses.
i-afb992907ef41cf27734ed5266dccd95-wb_sports.jpgWOMEN’S FENCING successfully defended its Ivy championship in the league’s round-robin competition at Jadwin Gym Feb. 12-13. The Tigers captured Princeton’s first league title of the winter season with a perfect 6-0 record that included close wins against Harvard and Columbia. MEN’S FENCING placed fourth in the Ivies, and foilist Alexander Mills ’12 earned the league’s Most Outstanding Performer award after posting a 13-2 record in league bouts.
WOMEN’S HOCKEY beat Union and Rensselaer in its final regular season home games Feb. 11 and 12, aiding its chances at earning home ice for the opening round of the postseason. The Tigers (14-12-1, 11-8-1 ECAC), who face Brown and Yale on the road this weekend, are one point out of fourth place in the ECAC standings. The top four finishers serve as hosts in the ECAC playoffs.
MEN’S HOCKEY tied Harvard, 4-4, Feb. 11 and fell to Dartmouth, 4-1, Feb. 12. Princeton (14-9-2, 9-7-2) remains in sixth place in the ECAC.
In other weekend action, WRESTLING dropped its final two Ivy matches to Columbia and Cornell. … MEN’S SQUASH finished the regular season with a win over No. 4 Rochester and a loss to No. 1 Trinity. … WOMEN’S WATER POLO split its season-opening weekend, beating Brown but losing to Pacific. … MEN’S and WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD swept Harvard and Yale at the H-Y-P meet in New Haven.

Sports shorts: Kicking off the winter season

Addie Micir ’11 (Office of Athletic Communications)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL is off to a 4-2 start that includes impressive wins over Southern California, Delaware, and Lehigh, and a pair of close losses at Rutgers and No. 22 Vanderbilt. Senior captain Addie Micir was the hero in the Southern Cal game Nov. 26, sinking two free-throws with five seconds remaining to put the Tigers on top, 60-59. She followed that performance with a 20-point game against Vanderbilt and an 18-point effort at Delaware in which she hit six of seven 3-point attempts. Through six games, Micir leads Princeton in 3-pointers (3.8 per game) and ranks second on the team in scoring (13.8 points per game).

In MEN’S BASKETBALL, Princeton has won its last two contests, scoring more than 80 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1975. Against Siena Nov. 28, Dan Mavraides ’11 hit a clutch 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, and Kareem Maddox ’11 led Princeton with a remarkable all-around performance that included 30 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. At Lafayette Nov. 30, Ian Hummer ’13 made 10 of 12 field-goal attempts to lead the Tigers with 22 points in a convincing win over the Leopards.
MEN’S HOCKEY hosts Clarkson and St. Lawrence Dec. 3 and 4 in Princeton’s last two ECAC Hockey games before the league takes a hiatus for fall-term exams at most of the member schools. The Tigers have rebounded from a sluggish start, winning five of their last six games, including shutout victories over Harvard and Quinnipiac.

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