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.