Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - For the third straight Monday, the Ivy League office announced freshman forward Kara Bonenberger as the league's Rookie of the Week. Bonenberger had a career day with a game-high 21 points in the win over Army Saturday to help the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball continue the best start in program history.
Bonenberger's award marks the second straight season that a Penn player received Ivy Rookie of the Week honors in three consecutive weeks. Sophomore Alyssa Baron achieved the feat last year (Jan. 24; Jan. 31; Feb. 7) en route to a total of seven such honors - second-most in school history and fifth-most in league history.
In Penn's only game of the week, Bonenberger registered a career-high 21 points off the bench to help the Quakers to a 70-60 win over Army. With the victory, the Red and Blue (5-2) are off to the best seven-game start in the 42-year history of the program.
Bonenberger also added seven rebounds, a career-high four assists, a block and a steal against the Black Knights. Penn trailed by 10 in the first half, but Bonenberger played 33 minutes off the bench and went 6-for-10 from the field to help lead Penn to its first 4-0 home start since the 2003-04 Ivy championship season. The Walnutport, Pa., native also went 9-for-11 from the free throw line, including two big makes with Penn ahead by just six with a minute remaining.
Bonenberger earned the same honor on Nov. 28 when she came off the bench to average 8.0 points and 7.5 rebounds on 7-of-12 (58.3%) shooting, and on Dec. 5 after she nearly averaged a double-double with 8.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game
With finals week coming up at Penn, Bonenberger and the Quakers won't play again until Thursday, Dec. 22. Admission is free to the Palestra matinee with a noon start against 33rd Street rival Drexel.