PHILADELPHIA - Senior captain Alyssa Baron guided the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team to three decisive wins in six days last week and was named Co-Ivy League Player of the Week and Co-Big 5 Player of the Week by the respective league offices on Monday.
Baron led the Quakers (3-2) in scoring in all three wins - two of which came on the road and included the program's first win at La Salle in 40 years. For the week, the Miami, Fla., native averaged 18.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 2.7 assists, and shot 50.0% from the field and 94.7% from the free throw line.
In Penn's first win at Big 5 rival La Salle since 1973-74, Baron led the Quakers in scoring, rebounding and assists with a season-high 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting, seven boards and five assists. In a come-from-behind win against LIU, Penn trailed by six at the break, but Baron scored 11 of her team-high 15 points and had three steals in the final 20 minutes to lead Penn to victory. Then in the win at Bucknell, Baron led the Quakers with 18 points and added four rebounds, two assists and a game-high four steals. She helped ice the game and a perfect week for Penn as she went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
This marks Baron's first Ivy League Player of the Week accolade this year and the eighth of her career - tied for seventh-most in league history - and the sixth Big 5 weekly award of her career. Baron was also named the Ivy League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. The Gulliver Prep product split the Ivy award with Princeton's Michelle Miller and the Big 5 honor with Natasha Cloud of Saint Joseph's.
Following that busy stretch of three games (and wins) in six days, the Quakers have a bit of a breather before they host Army at The Palestra on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on the Penn Sports Network.