PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania seniors Carrie Biemer and Anca Popovici were honored at the Big 5 women's basketball awards banquet on Thursday night. Biemer was First Team All-Big 5 and Popovici was one of five to earn academic honors.
Biemer had one of the best season's in a Red and Blue uniform in recent history. In surpassing 1,000 career points in her senior campaign, she became just the fifth player in program history to score more than 500 points in a season.
The Haddonfield High School product certainly earned her second consecutive team Most Valuable Player Award. She led the Ivy League in scoring with 18.1 points per game, and was the Ivy League Player of the Week on Dec. 8 and a two-time Big 5 Player of the Week. The senior started all 28 games for the Quakers and scored more than 20 points in 13 of the team’s 28 games. The ninth-best scorer all-time at Penn, Biemer was in the top-10 in the Ivy League in made three-point field goals, three-point percentage, field goal percentage, free throw percentage and rebounds, in addition to scoring. Her 56 threes in 2008-09 and 126 career threes are both sixth all-time at the University.
Popovici, a double major in economics and German, made the Academic All-Big 5 team for the second consecutive year. With a GPA that is consistently around 3.60 at the Ivy League institution, the Arad, Romania, native has also been a star and leader on the court for the Quakers. At one point in her career, Popovici started 61 consecutive games. She started 15 games in 2008-09 and tallied 14 steals en route to winning the Team Best Defense award for the second straight year.
Popovici and Biemer ended their careers in the Red and Blue in March. The two each played significant roles in the Senior Day win, 72-64, over Columbia on March 7. The 2009-10 version of the Quakers will begin official team practices again in October under the new leadership of head coach Mike McLaughlin.