Keiera Ray and Alyssa Baron take home Big 5 honors

The accolades keep coming for Keiera Ray and Alyssa Baron.

Ray was announced as the third consecutive Penn player to receive Big 5 Rookie of the Year, while Baron took home first-team All-Big 5 honors for the third time.

Mike McLaughlin’s recruiting classes have produced for the Red and Blue recently, as Ray was following in the footsteps of Baron and sophomore forward Kara Bonenberger, who received the Rookie of the Year award the last two years.

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Baron gets unanimous first-team All-Ivy, Ray gets honorable mention

And now the All-Ivy accolades have come in for Penn women's basketball.

For the first time in her career, junior guard Alyssa Baron earned first-team All-Ivy honors. Baron's 14.2 points per contest were good for fourth-best in the conference as well as tops for Penn for the third straight year.

Baron also ranked second in the Ancient Eight in steals (2.0), assists (3.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.3) and Even as a guard, she also finished fifth in rebounding (6.3).

Three-time Rookie of the Week freshman guard Keiera Ray nabbed an honorable mention thanks to her 11.0 points per game and distinction of being the first Ivy League player ever, woman or man, to be named USBWA National Player of the Week.

Princeton senior guard Niveen Rasheed was named Ivy League Player of the Year, while Havard sophomore forward Temi Fagbenle was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

Game 23: Columbia – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (W. Hoops)

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Penn beat Columbia, 66-48, to complete its second consecutive Ivy weekend sweep.

THE GOOD: Penn's offensive depth

This team bears almost no resemblance to that of three years ago when Alyssa Baron was the only producer. Four players posted double digits against Columbia. Baron notched 21 points of the night, Kara Bonenberger produced 13 and Keiera Ray had another big weekend with 12. Kathleen Roche continued to shoot important shots where she needed to, notching four threes of her own.

THE BAD: Columbia's second half defense.

For a second time this season, Columbia showed aggressive defense at the beginning of the first half but couldn’t adjust when Penn's offense did. The Lions let the game get away from them in the second half for a second time this season, allowing Penn to go on a 32-9 run.

 THE UGLY: Princeton

Princeton continues to decimate the Ivy League competition, making first place a lofty goal for the Quakers. After a 98-36 drubbing of Columbia on Friday, the Tigers again notched a 20+-point victory against Cornell, beating the Big Red 59-34.

 

Keiera Ray named USBWA National Player of the Week

27461_01232013_whoops_temple0070fAs if Keiera Ray’s performance last week didn’t stand out enough, it is now being recognized on a national scale.

The freshman guard became the first Ivy League player to win the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week, given out by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Ray led the Quakers to two wins over Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend, scoring 50 combined points over the course of the two games. This included a 31-point effort against Harvard that culminated with seven free throws in the final 80 seconds of the game. That performance helped secure Penn’s first victory over the Crimson since 2004.

Ray was also selected as co-Ivy League Player of the Week with Princeton’s Niveen Rasheed while also being named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. It was the first time this season that a Penn women's basketball player received the Ancient Eight’s Player of the Week award.

The 5-foot-11 guard’s performance on Friday and Saturday helped move the Red and Blue into second place in the Ivy League while giving Penn its best seven-game start to conference play since 2004.

 

Game 21: Dartmouth – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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After the Lady Quakers completed one of their most successful weekends in recent memory, a Good, Bad & Ugly for their 63-40 rout of Dartmouth.

THE GOOD: Keiera Ray

With 50 points in this weekend's two games, including 19 tonight, consider this freshman guard Keiera Ray’s coming out party once and for all. She led all scorers in both games this weekend. Her emergence along with the steady play of junior guard Alyssa Baron give the Quakers a formidable backcourt.

THE BAD: Princeton continues to dominate

Not much bad to take away from the weekend for the Quakers. Perhaps the only downside is that the Tigers do not appear to be slowing down any time soon Penn hopes to catch them in the standings. There is some hope, however. A Dartmouth squad that the Quakers just blew out lost to Princeton by “only” 12 points on Friday night – their smallest margin of victory in Ivy play this season.

THE UGLY: Dartmouth turnovers

The Big Green turned the ball over a whopping 23 times. Penn’s 24-0 advantage in points off turnovers covered its entire margin of victory. By continually handing the ball back to the Quakers, Dartmouth never gave themselves a chance.

Behind Enemy Lines: Princeton’s Courtney Banghart

Princeton women's hoops coach Courtney Banghart has won seven Ivy League Championships as a player and coach. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Princeton women's hoops coach Courtney Banghart has won seven Ivy League Championships as a player and coach. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Today, I was able to interview Princeton women’s basketball head coach Courtney Banghart. In her six seasons as head coach for the Tigers, the program has undergone a complete reversal of fortune. In her first season, the team went 7-23 and won just four Ivy League games. However, in the past three seasons, the Tigers have gone 41-1 in the Ivy League and entered the national rankings, a first for an Ivy League women’s program. Before coming to Princeton, she was an assistant for four years at Dartmouth. She also played at Dartmouth from 1996 to 2000 and won two Ivy League titles.

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