Baron Earns Ivy Rookie of the Week Recognition

Ivy League Release

PHILADELPHIA - In the first game of her career Friday night, freshman Alyssa Baron put up 20 points in 26 minutes to lead the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team to its first season-opening win since 2007. On Monday, she was rewarded by the league office with Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors.

Baron had 17 of her game-high 20 points in the first half. She also finished with a game-high seven made field goals, added three rebounds and a block, while going 7-for-15 from the floor. The Miami, Fla., native also started for the Quakers in her first game.

Penn topped Bryant Friday night at The Palestra, 70-59, to start 1-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Between Baron and freshman Meghan McCullough's 15 points, the duo combined for 35 of Penn's 70 points. It marked the Quakers' highest scoring output since they put up 72 in a win over Columbia on March 7, 2009.

"I was really proud of them," head coach Mike McLaughlin said of his freshmen following the game. "They came in like they belonged out here and that's the one thing with freshmen that you are a little unsure of. I thought Alyssa Baron had a tremendous first half. She did really well. She has the ability to create her own shot and she did a good job with it."

Junior captain Jess Knapp earned honor roll recognition for her double-double performance of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Baron earned the Quakers’ first Rookie of the Week honor since Kim Adams on Feb. 25, 2008. It is the first weekly Ivy honor for any member of the Red and Blue since Carrie Biemer was player of the week on Dec. 8, 2008.

Princeton's Devona Allgood and Harvard's Brogan Berry split Player of the Week honors.

Next on the slate for the Quakers is the short trip to Daskalakis Athletic Center to take on 33rd street rival Drexel on Friday. Tip off between the Dragons and Quakers is at 7 p.m.