Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Alyssa Baron, who led the Ivy League in scoring for the second straight year and helped propel the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team to its best season in seven years, was named second-team All-Ivy on Friday as announced by the league office.
Baron, who became the first freshman in Ivy League history to win the scoring title last year, finished with a career-high 472 points (16.9 per game) in 2011-12. She finished with a league-best 18.3 points per game in Ivy play. The Miami, Fla., native led the Quakers in scoring 18 times, including 20 or more points in 10 games, and finished as the team's top rebounder on eight occasions.
Baron also led the Quakers and finished in the top 10 in the Ivy League in assists (68), steals (55), defensive rebounds (117), made field goals (160), made threes (42), three-point percentage (.328), made free throws (110) and free throw percentage (.803).
The Gulliver Prep product was also second on the team with 19 blocked shots and led all Ivy players with 1,025 minutes played (36.6 per game).
This is the second All-Ivy recognition for Baron. She was an honorable mention recipient last year en route to 2010-11 Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors and unanimous selection to the All-Ivy Rookie team. She also earned Big 5 Rookie of the Year and All-Big 5 First-Team accolades last year.
Baron, who notched her first career double-double against UNC-Greensboro on Dec. 29 and was three assists shy of the program's first-ever triple-double on Feb. 3 against Yale, won four Ivy League Player of the Week awards in 2011-12 to bring her career total to six. In addition to the seven Ivy Rookie of the Week awards she accumulated as a freshman, Baron has won 13 weekly Ivy awards in her first two seasons.
Penn (13-15, 6-8 Ivy) finished with its highest win total since the 2004-05 season. In addition to the best start in school history, the Quakers opened 5-0 at home for the first time in eight years and set a program record with seven wins before the month of January. Penn's seven non-conference wins are tied for fourth-most in school history. The Quakers also swept a road weekend for the first time in five seasons and posted back-to-back 10 win seasons for the first time since 2003-04 and 2004-05.
2011-12 All-Ivy Teams
Player of the Year
*Niveen Rasheed, Princeton, (Jr., F, Danville, Calif.)
Rookie of the Year
Sarah Halejian, Yale (Fr., G, Wyckoff, N.J.)
Defensive Player of the Year
Lauren Polansky, Princeton (Jr., G, Mill Valley, Calif.)
Brogan Berry, Harvard (Sr., G, Beavercreek, Ohio)
Christine Clark, Harvard (So., G, Tucson, Ariz.)
*Lauren Edwards, Princeton (Sr., G, Los Angeles)
*Niveen Rasheed, Princeton (Jr., F, Danville, Calif.)
Megan Vasquez, Yale (Jr., G, Merrick, N.Y.)
Sheila Dixon, Brown (Jr., G, Schenectady, N.Y.)
Faziah Steen, Dartmouth (Jr., G, Detroit)
Victoria Lippert, Harvard (Jr., G, San Diego)
Alyssa Baron, Penn (So., G, Miami)
Devona Allgood, Princeton (Sr., F, Huntersville, N.C.)
Honorable Mention All-Ivy
Hannah Passafuime, Brown (Sr., G, Soquel, Calif.)
Tyler Simpson, Columbia (Jr., G/F, Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (So., G, Fairport, N.Y.)
Clare Fitzpatrick, Cornell (Jr., F, Soutbury, Conn.)
Michelle Cashen, Yale (Sr., F, Belle Harbor, N.Y.)
* Unanimous Selection