PHILADELPHIA - Senior captain Kathleen Roche was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Monday as announced by the league office. Roche helped the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team to its first road sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth in 11 years.
Roche averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals asshe led the Quakers to their first weekend sweep of their New England Ivy rivals since 2004.Roche played all but threeminutes in Penn's two wins andshot 46.7 percent from the floor, including 45.5 percent from three and88.9 percent from the free throw line.
Roche's clutch shooting on Saturday night at Harvard led theQuakers to their first back-to-back wins at Lavietes Pavilion since 2000-01. Roche scored nineof her 16 points inthe final four minutes of a back-and-forth contest. She was 6-for-6 fromthe free throw line in the final 2:22 to keepPenn in the lead during afurious Harvard rally. The River Forest, Ill., native also added four rebounds and two assists.
Against Dartmouth, Roche had 11 points andmatched acareer-high with seven rebounds in addition to two assists and twosteals. She was 4-of-6 from the field (2-for-4 from three)as she ledPenn to a 55-39 win.
Roche is the second Penn player this season to earn the Ivy League's Player of the Week award. Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich took home the honor on two occasions.
Roche and the Quakersreturn to The Palestra for its first Ivy home games of the season. The Quakers have won six straight over Ivy opponents at the Cathedral of College Basketball and will welcome Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday. Both games tip off at 7 p.m., and can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN.tv).