PHILADELPHIA - A historic week for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team was capped on Monday with the announcement of junior Katy Allen as Co-Ivy League Player of the Week and freshman Sydney Stipanovich as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
This is the second Ivy honor of Allen's career as she was the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Feb. 13, 2012. Stipanovich has now won the league's weekly rookie award in three of the past four weeks and was also Player of the Week on Dec. 23.
Allen scored a career-high 18 points, including the game-winning basket with 5.6 seconds left to give the Quakers their first-ever victory over an ACC opponent, 67-66 at Miami on Wednesday. It was also the Ivy League's first road win over an ACC opponent since 2006. Penn trailed by one when Allen sliced past her defender for one of the biggest wins in program history. She was just two rebounds shy of a double-double and also added three assists and a steal. She was an impressive 7-of-10 (70.0%) from the floor against the Hurricanes, including a perfect 3-for-3 with two threes in the second half.
Allen then helped the Quakers to a dominating 79-49 victory over Norfolk State on Sunday as Penn tied a school record with its seventh straight non-conference win. With the lopsided score, Allen was needed for just 19 minutes and finished with five points and three rebounds. For the week, the Waukesha, Wisc., native averaged 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds and was 9-of-12 from the field (69.2%), and 3-of-7 (42.9%) from three.
Meanwhile, Stipanovich averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks. The St. Louis, Mo., native shot 41.2% from the field and 90.9% from the charity stripe. In the dramatic win at Miami, Stipanovich had nine points, six rebounds and four blocks off the bench, including three key rejections in the second half. In just 18 minutes off the bench against Norfolk State, Stipanovich filled the box score with 15 points, eight rebounds, six blocks and two assists. Her six blocks were the third-most in a game in school history and Penn's 11 blocks as a team tied a school record.
Allen, Stipanovich and the Quakers travel to Morgan State for a 5 p.m. tip off in Baltimore on Wednesday. Three days after that, the Quakers open Ivy play against Princeton at The Palestra (3 p.m.)—the first game of a doubleheader with the men's teams.