PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Keiera Ray earned her first career Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors as announced by the league office on Monday. Ray led the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team in scoring, rebounds and assists on Friday in the Battle of 33rd Street at Drexel.
Ray was the only Quaker player in double figures with 16 points on 6-of-13 (46.1%) shooting against the Dragons. In her fifth straight start (Penn is 4-1 in those games), Ray also had a team-high four rebounds and team-high four assists. The Bolingbrook High School product is currently second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg) and assists (2.5 apg), and is third in rebounding (4.6 rpg), steals (eight) and blocks (three).
This marks the first Ivy award of the season for the Quakers. Junior captain Alyssa Baron won Big 5 Player of the Week accolades on Dec. 4 after scored her 1,000th career point and led Penn to its first Big 5 win in nearly two years. Ray, a native of Aurora, Ill., is the first Penn player since Katy Allen to win Ivy Rookie of the Week. Allen earned the selection on Feb. 13 following a week in which she averaged 13.0 points and led Penn with a career-high 17 points and four threes in an OT win at Dartmouth.
Ray and her Penn teammates take their longest road trip of the season this week. The Quakers travel to Ames, Iowa for the Cyclone Challenge. The Quakers will face Alabama State on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m., and then will face either Air Force or Iowa State on Dec. 30, also at 2 p.m. Penn’s next home game isn’t until Jan. 5 against Saint Joseph’s (2 p.m.).