Baron Earns Big 5 and Ivy Player of the Week Honors

Ivy League Weekly Release

PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Alyssa Baron's 30-point effort on Saturday propelled the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team to their first 2-0 start since 2006-07. With that performance, the guard was announced as the Ivy League Player of the Week and the Big 5 Player of the Week by the league offices on Monday.

Baron claimed the first Big 5 award this season and has now claimed the Ivy award in each of the first two weeks.

The Miami, Fla., native scored all but six of Penn's second half points to guide the Quakers to a 66-57 win over Rider at The Palestra on Saturday afternoon. The Red and Blue will now have a chance to go 3-0 for the first time in program history when they open their Big 5 schedule at La Salle on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Baron shot nearly 60 percent from the floor (11-of-19), including 3-of-6 (50%) from beyond the arc. She also went 5-for-6 from the free throw line late in the second half to seal the win. On the defensive side, she had five rebounds and matched a career high with two blocks.

As the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Baron earned seven Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards and a pair of Ivy Player of the Week awards last season and has now won that honor four times in her career. She is a three-time career winner of the weekly Big 5 accolade.

Baron earned the inaugural 2011-12 Player of the Week accolade when she scored 27 points in the season-opening come-from-behind 70-61 overtime victory against St. Francis (N.Y.) at The Palestra on Nov. 13. For the game, Baron finished 10-of-24 from the field, including 3-of-7 from distance, to go with a 4-of-6 day at the free throw line. She also recorded four rebounds, two assists, a career-best two blocks, and a steal in her 41 minutes of playing time.

Following the Big 5 opener at Tom Gola Arena, the Quakers will travel to take on Niagara following the Thanksgiving holiday. The Nov. 27 matchup with the Purple Eagles will tip at 2 p.m., and marks the first game this season for Penn outside the city of Philadelphia.