Baron Honored as Ivy League Rookie of the Week

Ivy League Release

PHILADELPHIA - For the third time this season, freshman Alyssa Baron was honored as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week as she helped lead the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball to road wins over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Wednesday and in-state rival Lafayette on Sunday afternoon. The league office announced the award winners on Monday.

Baron was the catalyst in Penn’s decisive win at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Dec. 29 with a career-high 23 points in 32 minutes. Baron had no turnovers in that time, while adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Quakers topped the Terriers 66-38 for the program's largest victory since 2006.

Four days later, battling injury, Baron played sparingly in the first half at Lafayette. The Gulliver Prep product limped her way to seven points which included a key three-point play to stop the Leopards momentum and pull the Quakers within two right before the half, and a three-pointer during Penn's game-winning 12-0 run late in the second half. She also added two assists, three rebounds and a steal as the Red and Blue secured the 59-52 victory.

The native of Miami, Fla., finished the week with 15.0 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game in just 32.0 minutes per game in leading Penn to its first three-game winning streak in nearly two years.

Baron also earned this honor on Nov. 15 and Nov. 29. Princeton's Lauren Edwards and Harvard's Victoria Lippert split the Player of the Week award this week.

The three-time rookie of the week will play in her first Ivy League game Saturday night when the Quakers take on arch rival Princeton at 6 p.m. in the Tigers' Jadwin Gym.


Baron’s Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
B
S
PTS
at St. Francis (N.Y.)
32
8-14
.571
1-4
.250
6-11
.667
5
3
0
2
23
at Lafayette
32
2-8
.200 1-2 .500 2-3
.667 3
2 0
1
7
TOTALS 32
10-22 .455 2-6 .333 8-14 .667 4 2.5 0 1.5 15