Baron Earns Inaugural Ivy Player of the Week

Ivy League Weekly Release

PHILADELPHIA - After earning seven Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards and a pair of Ivy League Player of the Week awards last season, University of Pennsylvania women's basketball sophomore Alyssa Baron has picked up right where she left off, earning the inaugural 2011-12 Ivy League Player of the Week honor Monday.

In the season opener, the sophomore scored 27 points - the second-highest total of her Penn career - in willing her team to a come-from-behind 70-61 overtime victory against St. Francis (N.Y.) at The Palestra on Sunday afternoon.

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.

The reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year's biggest impacts came when Penn needed them most. With the Quakers trailing by seven at the half, 27-20, Baron came out on fire in the second, scoring nine points in the first five minutes. She added another eight points over the final fifteen minutes of the second half and Penn forced overtime. In the extra time, Baron and her team took control right from the start as the Quakers outscored St. Francis 12-3 in the overtime frame to come away with the victory.

Baron and the Quakers will be back at home Saturday when Rider comes to The Palestra for a 3:30 p.m. tip. The Broncs (2-0) will be on the road for the first time this season after picking up wins against Lafayette and Bucknell at home in the early going. The women's game against Rider will be followed by a men's basketball game at 7 p.m. against Robert Morris.