PHILADELPHIA - For the third straight year, a Unviersity of Pennsylvania women's basketball player earned Rookie of the Year honors from PhillyCollegeSports.com. Freshman Keiera Ray was awarded the accolade on Tuesday. In addition, junior captain Alyssa Baron earned Philly College Sports All-City First Team accolades and sophomore Kara Bonenberger was a third-team honoree.
Prior to Ray, Baron won this rookie honor two years ago and Bonenberger was last season's recipient. Ray, who earned honorable mention All-Ivy status, started 27 games in her rookie campaign and finished second on the team in scoring (10.6), assists (2.1) and steals (1.5). Ray was also a three-time Ivy Rookie of the Week and the first Ivy League man or woman ever named USBWA National Player of the Week.
Baron earned first team honors from Philly College Sports for the third time. She was also a unanimous first-team All-Ivy honoree. In 2012-13, Baron led the Quakers in scoring for the third straight year with 14.1 points per game - fourth-best in the league. She was also second in the Ivy League in assists (3.8), second in steals (1.9), second in assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.3) and fifth in rebounding (6.4).
Bonenberger led the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.431) and recorded the fourth-most blocks in school history (49). She and Baron set a school record with 31 starts, while Bonenberger finished second on the team in rebounding (5.2) and minutes (29.9). The Walnutport, Pa., native finished third on the team behind Baron and Ray in scoring with 9.1 points per game.
This trio helped lead Penn to just the program's third 18-win season as well as the first two postseason wins in school history. Penn’s nine non-league wins this year matched the school record set in 1999-00. The winning ways were also evident throughout league play where the Quakers won nine games for just the sixth time in school history. Penn's 18-13 overall record marked the first winning season since 2004-05 and the team's best record since the 2000-01 team set the school standard with 22 wins.