PHILADELPHIA - Junior captain Alyssa Baron earned Co-Ivy League and co-Big 5 Player of the Week honors on Monday as announced by the league offices. Baron nearly averaged a triple-double with 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists as the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team extended its winning streak to five games with sweep of Cornell and Columbia.
Baron led Penn in points, rebounds and assists in each game as the Quakers have now won five consecutive Ivy games for the first time since the 2003-04 championship season. The Miami, Fla., native also averaged 2.5 steals in the two blowout wins and was incredibly efficient from the field where she was a combined 13-of-18 (72.2%), including 5-for-8 (62.5%) from three-point range.
In a 27-point win over Cornell, Baron filled the box score with 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists. While in Saturday's decisive 66-48 victory over Columbia, Baron was just shy of the school's first-ever triple-double with 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting), nine rebounds and seven assists to go along with four steals.
This marks Baron's first Ivy League Player of the Week accolade this year and the seventh of her career. This is also the second straight week the Quakers have earned a share of the award. Freshman Keiera Ray was the Ivy League Co-Player and Rookie of the Week in addition to the Co-ECAC Player of the Week. She also became the first Ivy player - male or female - to earn National Player of the Week honors. Baron has earned two Big 5 Player of the Week distinctions this year and five in her career.
Penn (14-9, 7-2 Ivy) has eclipsed its overall and Ivy win total from a season ago. For the first time in school history, the Quakers have improved their win total in three straight seasons. Penn's seven Ivy wins are the most in six years and its 14 overall wins are the most since the 2004-05 team won 15 games.
Next up for Baron and the Quakers is the final road trip of the year for the Quakers. It is also the league’s longest trip. Penn buses to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth on Friday at 7 p.m. The following night, the Quakers will be in Cambridge, Mass., for a 6 p.m. rematch with third-place Harvard.