Baron Unanimous First-Team All-Ivy; Ray Earns Honorable Mention

Ivy League Release

PHILADELPHIA - Junior captain Alyssa Baron was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, while freshman Keiera Ray earned honorable mention honors for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team on Thursday as announced by the Ivy League office.

Baron earned first-team All-Ivy accolades for the first time in her career. She was an honorable mention pick as a freshman and earned second-team status last season. In 2012-13, Baron led the Quakers in scoring for the third straight year with 14.2 points per game - fourth-best in the league. She was also second in the Ivy League in assists (3.9), second in steals (2.0), second in assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.3) and fifth in rebounding (6.3).

Ray was a three-time Ivy Rookie of the Week and the first Ivy League man or woman ever named USBWA National Player of the Week. The Aurora, Ill., native started the last 25 games of the season and finished second on the team in scoring with 11.0 points per game. She was also second to Baron in assists (3.9) and steals (1.3).

This is the first time Penn placed two players on the All-Ivy teams since 2006-07 - when Joey Rhoads (first team) and Monica Naltner (second team) were both selected.

Princeton senior Niveen Rasheed was the coaches’ pick as the Ivy League Player of the Year, while Havard sophomore Temi Fagbenle was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Rasheed joined Baron as the only two unanimous first-team selections.

Penn finished the regular season at 16-12 overall and 9-5 in Ivy play to finish alone in third in the Ivy standings. It's Penn's best record and Ivy finish since the 2003-04 championship season. It also marked the fourth-highest win total in school history and the program’s fourth-highest Ivy win total of all-time.

Now the Quakers wait to find out if they are postseason bound for the first time since 2003-04 and the third time in program history. Penn is on the bubble for two postseason tournaments. The Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) and the Women's NIT. The brackets will be announced late Monday night, March 18, following the NCAA Tournament selections.

2012-13 All-Ivy Selections

*Niveen Rasheed, Princeton (Sr., G – Danville, Calif.)

*Temi Fagbenle, Harvard (So., F – London)

Lauren Polansky, Princeton (Sr., G – Mill Valley, Calif.)

*Alyssa Baron, Penn (Jr., G – Miami)
Christine Clark, Harvard (Jr., G – Tucson, Ariz.)
Sarah Halejian, Yale (So., G – Wyckoff, N.J.)
Victoria Lippert, Harvard (Sr., F – San Diego)
*Niveen Rasheed, Princeton (Sr., G – Danville, Calif.)

Meg Bowen, Princeton (Sr., C – Bath, Pa.)
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Jr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Jr., F – Fairport, N.Y.)
Temi Fagbenle, Harvard (So., F – London)
Kristen Helmstetter, Princeton (Jr., F – Bridgewater, N.J.)

Sheila Dixon, Brown (Sr., G – Schenectady, N.Y.)
Janna Graf, Yale (Jr., F – Mission Woods, Kan.)
Keiera Ray, Penn (Fr., G – Aurora, Ill.)
Megan Vasquez, Yale (Sr., G – Merrick, N.Y.)
Nicola Zimmer, Dartmouth (Jr., G – Chevy Chase, Md.)