PHILADELPHIA - In her first two career starts, freshman Sydney Stipanovich had two double-doubles, set a school record, nearly had the program's first-ever triple-double and helped the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team to two historic wins. For her efforts, Stipanovich was named the Co-Ivy League Player of the Week, Ivy League Rookie of the Week and Big 5 Player of the Week by the respective league offices on Monday.
For the week, Stipanovich averaged 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 6.5 blocks and 3.0 assists in just 26.5 minutes per game. She shot 40.7 percent from the field and had just one turnover in two games for an impressive assist-to-turnover ratio of 6.0. Stipanovich has now won the league's weekly rookie award four times and was also Player of the Week on Dec. 23.
In her first career start on Wednesday, Stipanovich had 17 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in Penn's first win over Big 5 rival Temple in 10 years. Stipanovich hit the game-clinching free throw to put Penn up four with 11 seconds left as Penn won two Big 5 road games in the same season for the first time in program history. Three days later, Stipanovich was two blocks shy of a triple-double - in just 20 minutes of action. She broke a 22-year-old school record with eight blocks (10th-most in a game Ivy League history) and added 11 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of assists. Stipanovich also set the school record with seven blocks in a half as Penn cruised to a 36-point win and set a program record with its 10th non-conference win of the season.
Stipanovich is the third Quaker to earn at least four Rookie of the Week honors in a single season over the past four years, joining Kara Bonenberger (four, 2011-12) and Alyssa Baron (seven, 2010-11).
Penn has now won four Ivy League Player of the Week awards this season. The last was junior Katy Allen on Dec. 23 and Baron claimed the other on Dec. 9. Baron also earned Penn's only other Big 5 Player of the Week accolade this year on Dec. 9.
Stipanovich and the Quakers begin Ivy League play in earnest this week with the first of six straight Ivy weekends. Penn welcomes Dartmouth to The Palestra on Friday and hosts Harvard on Saturday. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.