PHILADELPHIA - A clean sweep. The University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team played four Ivy weekends in February and freshman Michelle Nwokedi earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors after each one. The lastest was announced by the league office on Monday.
Nwokedi is the second Penn player in school history to win four straight Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards. The Ivy League's all-time leading scorer, Diana Caramanico won the last six honors of the 1997-98 season. This is the first time any Ivy player has won four in a row since Sarah Halejian in 2012.
Last weekend, Nwokedi averaged a double-double as Penn went 2-0, extended the fourth-longest winning streak in school history to seven games, tied the third-most wins in a season in program history (18), and clinched a postseason berth.For the week, Nwokedi averaged 17.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, and shot 67 percent from the field.
In a 75-58 win over Brown, she was one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists. She filled the stat sheet the next night with a double-double off the bench. In a dominating 59-33 win over third-place Yale, Nwokedi matched a career-high with 19 points and added a game-high 12 rebounds in just 27 minutes. She was 7-of-9 from the floor and blocked two more shots to become just the third player in school history with 50 in a season.
In all, this is Nwokedi's sixth Ivy League Rookie of the Week accolade. She was also named the Ivy League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
One last road trip remains for Nwokedia and the Quakers before a nationally-televised season finale against unbeaten arch rival Princeton. Next weekend, the Quakers make the trek through the Empire State with a Friday night matchup at Columbia (7 p.m.) and Saturday night contest at Cornell (6 p.m.). Both games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.