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December 26, 2011

Women's Basketball Weekly Release - Week 8

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Photos courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Penn swept the Ivy League weekly awards as sophomore guard Alyssa Baron (Miami) was named Player of the Week and freshman forward Kara Bonenberger (Walnutport, Pa.) was named Rookie of the Week.

Penn took both awards for the third time in program history, with all three occurring in the past two seasons. Baron has been involved in all three occasions, as she received both awards herself twice in 2009-10 (Jan. 24; Feb. 7) en route to earning Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

Baron and Bonenberger led the Quakers to a 67-65 overtime win over 33rd street rival Drexel, combining for 53 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and seven steals while guiding Penn to its first win over the Dragons since 2006. It marked the second-straight game that each player scored more than 20 points in a Quakers' victory, as Baron and Bonenberger tallied 20 and 21, respectively, in the team's 70-60 win over Army on Dec. 10.

Baron picked up the fifth Ivy Player of the Week award of her career and the 13th Ivy League weekly honor of her career. Against Drexel, the Miami native recorded 26 points, a season-high seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. She shot 7-of-19 from the floor and 10-of-13 from the charity stripe while surpassing the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season and the 12th time in her career.

Baron's Statistics for the Week

vs. Drexel
44 7-19
7 4 0 3 26


Bonenberger was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season (Nov. 28; Dec. 5; Dec. 12). She led the team in scoring for the third straight game, and in her first career start, recorded her first career double-double while setting personal-bests in points (27) and rebounds (11). The freshman shot 9-of-15 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the free throw line while recording four steals and two assists. She scored Penn's first eight points of the game while the Quakers erased an early deficit en route to their fourth win in their last five games.

Bonenberger's Statistics for the Week

vs. Drexel
41 9-15
11 2 0 4 27

In other Ivy action, Princeton ended a three-game losing streak with a 77-61 win at Santa Clara and Harvard picked up the League's third victory over the Big East with a 63-56 home win over St. John's.

Honor Roll
Brogan Berry, Harvard, Senior, Guard (Beavercreek, Ohio)
12 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals vs. St. John's (N.Y.)

Allyson DiMagno, Cornell, Sophomore, Guard (Fairport, N.Y.)
14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block at Manhattan

Janna Graf, Yale, Sophomore, Forward (Misson Woods, Kan.)
16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 assists at Quinnipiac

Niveen Rasheed, Princeton, Junior, Forward (Danville, Calif.)
20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals at Santa Clara

Upcoming Contests
Wednesday, December 28
Cornell at Canisius, 5 pm
Yale at Florida State, 7 pm
Columbia at Fairleigh Dickinson, 7 pm    
Thursday, December 29
Princeton at Hofstra, 4 pm
10-UNC Greensboro vs. Penn, 5 pm
Harvard at Hartford, 7 pm
11-La Salle at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Brown at Dominican (Calif.), 10 pm

Friday, December 30
Bryant at Columbia, 4 pm
11-Georgetown at Dartmouth, 7 pm
10-Penn at San Diego State, 8 pm

Saturday, December 31
Princeton at Drexel, 2 pm
Brown at San Jose State, 5 pm

Sunday, January 1
Army at Yale, 4 pm

Monday, January 2
Cornell at Fordham, 7 pm

10-San Diego Surf 'N Slam Classic (San Diego)
11-Blue Sky Classic