PHILADELPHIA-Freshman Anna Ross helped guidethe University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team to an historic Big 5 win and was rewarded with Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors as announced by the league office on Monday.
For just the second time in 40 all-time meetings, the Quakers beat Big 5 rival Saint Joseph's, and Ross played a key role in the 65-51 victory - the first-ever over the Hawks in 24 games at The Palestra. Trailing by three at the break,Penn went on a 9-2 run to go ahead for good, with Ross scoring two points and tallying two assists during that stretch, including an assist on the three-pointer that gave the Quakers a lead they did not relinquish.
In all, the Syracuse, N.Y., native finished with five points and dished all of her team-high four assists in the decisive second half. She was 2-for-2 from the floor and also added a rebound in 22 minutes of action.
This is the first career Ivy weekly honor for Ross. She is the second Penn player to earn the Ivy League Rookie of the Week award this season as Michelle Nwokedi was the recipient on Dec. 1. Also on Monday, sophomore teammate Sydney Stipanovich won Big 5 Player of the Week accolades for the Quakers.
Penn is now the only unbeaten team in the Big 5 and needs to win one of its final two Philadelphia conference games to earn the program's first-ever Big 5 title.
Ross and the Quakerswon’t hit the court for another game until Saturday when they take one the shortest road trip in all of college basketball. Penn players and staff will walk to Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center on the north side of 33rd street for the annual Battle of 33rd Street with the Dragons. Tip off is set for 2 p.m.