Bonenberger Named Ivy Rookie of the Week

Ivy League Weekly Release

PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Kara Bonenberger has been key to the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team's best start in 29 years. On Monday, she was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. The league office awarded the honor after her career high 11 points and eight rebounds at Niagara helped propel the Quakers to their first 3-1 start since the 1982-83 season.

A Walnutport, Pa., native, Bonenberger leads the Ivy League in shooting percentage at 59.1 percent (13-of-22). Last week, she came off the bench to average 8.0 points and 7.5 rebounds on 7-of-12 (58.3%) shooting as the Quakers split two games. The Northampton High School product also added two assists and three steals, and was 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Bonenberger, who leads all Ivy freshmen in scoring, had five points and a career-best seven rebounds in Penn's only defeat of the season, 58-47, on the road against Big 5 rival La Salle Tuesday night.

She followed that performance with her career day against the Purple Eagles on Sunday afternoon. She was one of just two Quakers in double digits and her game-high eight rebounds bested her previous carrer high set earlier in the week.

Bonenberger earns her first weekly Ivy award just four games into her collegiate career. Sophomore teammate and reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Alyssa Baron, was the last Penn player to win this honor and she did so seven times last season - which ranks fifth all-time in league history.

A busy week ensues for Bonenberger and the Quakers. After the long road trip home to Philadelphia Sunday night, Penn plays at The Palestra on Wednesday against Lafayette at 7 p.m. The Quakers then fly to Chicago on Thursday and play at No. 3/4 Notre Dame in South Bend on Friday.