PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Keiera Ray earned a trio of awards on Monday when she was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, ECAC Co-Player of the Week and Ivy League Rookie of the Week by the league office. Ray scored 50 points over the weekend, including the first 30-point performance by an Ivy player this year, to help propel the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team to its first sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth since 2004.
Ray had a career-high 31 points on Friday night as the Quakers ended a 17-game and nine-year losing streak to Harvard. The 77-72 victory was also Penn's first home win over the Crimson since 2001. The following night, Ray had a game-high 19 points as the Red and Blue posted its largest margin of victory in 68 all-time meetings with Dartmouth in a dominating 63-40 win.
Penn had lost 11 straight home games to the Crimson before Ray scored 21 second-half points to propel the Quakers to victory. She was 7-for-8 from the free throw line over the final 1:18 to seal the win and was three rebounds shy of a double-double. On the night, she was 7-of-14 from the field and 14-of-20 (70%) from the free throw line.
The 31 points marked the most by an Ivy player in a League game since teammate Alyssa Baron had 38 in a double overtime affair at Harvard on Feb. 5, 2011. The 14 made free throws are second-most all-time in a single game at Penn and the most since Jewel Clark set the school standard with 16 against Drexel in 2002. Its also the most made free throws in a game by any Ivy player since Yale’s Melissa Colborne hit the same amount at UC Riverside on Dec. 30, 2008.
On Saturday, Ray once again led the Quakers in scoring en route to another significant victory. The Aurora, Ill., native was 3-of-5 from three for the second straight night and also added four rebounds and three assists.
For the week, the Bolingbrook High School product was 12-of-26 (46.2%) from the field, 6-for-10 from three and 20-of-26 (76.9%) from the charity stripe. She averaged 25.0 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game. In 68 minutes over the weekend, she had just five turnovers.
This is the first Ivy League Player of the Week selection for any Penn player this season and marks the third and fourth career Ivy awards for Ray. This is her first Player of the Week accolade and her third Rookie of the Week honor. Ray also won the rookie award after her 16-point, four-rebound, four-assist effort against Drexel on Dec. 21 and her eight-point, four-rebound, four-assist and two-steal effort against Villanova on Jan. 16.
Ray shared the Ivy and ECAC Co-Player honors with Princeton's Niveen Rasheed. Its the first ECAC honor for a Penn player since Baron shared the distinction with UConn's Maya Moore on Feb. 7, 2011.
Penn has now won five of its last six Ivy games and moved
into sole possession of second-place in the Ivy League.
The Quakers are 5-2 in league play for the first time since 2004-05 and
trail only Princeton (7-0) in the league standings. Penn is 12-9 overall
and is one win shy from matching last season's Ivy and overall win
Ray and the Quakers look to continue their winning ways this weekend as a four-game Ivy homestand wraps up with games against Cornell (Friday) and Columbia (Saturday) at The Palestra. Both games tip off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the Penn Sports Network.