PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team swept Harvard and Dartmouth on the road for the first time in 11 years largely due to freshman Anna Ross. For her efforts, Rosswas named Big 5 Player of the Week on Monday as announced by the Philadelphia conference.
For the week, Ross averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals and shot 75.0 percent from the field. On Saturday, she finished with a game-high and career-high 19 points to lead the Quakers to their first back-to-back wins at Harvard since 2000-01. Her clutch shooting down the stretch was the difference in the game. She hit a late three to give Penn an eight-point lead, then held off a furious Harvard rally by going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final two minutes on the road. For the game, the Syracuse, N.Y., native was 4-of-5 (80.0%) from the field, 2-for-2 from three and 9-of-9 from the free throw line. She also added a team-high six rebounds, game-high four assists and team-best two steals, and had just one turnover as Penn won, 74-69.
On Friday, the Westhill High School product added seven points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 55-39 win over Dartmouth. For the weekend, Ross had seven assists to just four turnovers in 60 minutes of play, and was 12-of-14 (85.7%) from the free throw line.
Ross is the third Penn player this season to earn weekly Big 5 honors as senior captain Kara Bonenberger won on Jan. 12, and sophomore Sydney Stipanovich took home the award on two occasions.Also this week, senior captainKathleen Rochewas named Co-Ivy League Player of the Week.
Penn returns 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).