School Record Leads Baron to Another Sweep of Weekly Honors

Ivy League Release

Big 5 Release

PHILADELPHIA - After setting a school-record with the fourth-best single-game performance in an Ivy League contest, freshman Alyssa Baron of the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team swept the trio of weekly honors for the second time in three weeks. She was named Ivy League Player of the Week and Ivy League Rookie of the Week as well as Co-Big 5 Player of the Week by the respective league offices on Monday.

Baron set a freshman record with 38 points Saturday night at Harvard - which is the 11th-most ever scored in a game by an Ivy League player and the fourth-most ever scored in an Ivy League game. It is the highest scoring output in the League since Harvard’s Hana Peljto scored 40 on Jan. 15, 2004, against Lafayette.

Since the turn of the century, an Ivy freshman has been named both Player and Rookie of the Week only four times, and this marks the second such occurrence for Baron in the last three weeks. This is also the sixth Ivy Rookie recognition of the year for Baron. Only one other Quaker has ever won more Rookie honors and only seven players in Ivy history have won more. Penn's Diana Caramanico holds the Ivy League record with 10 selections.

For the week, the Miami, Fla., native averaged 28.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals. She shot 47.7 percent from the floor, 38.4 percent from three-point range and was 10-for-11 (91%) from the free throw line.

Baron, now the three-time reigning Ivy Rookie of the Week, set the school record in a double overtime loss at first-place and Ivy unbeaten Harvard. The Gulliver Prep product tied the game with 10 seconds left in regulation with two free throws, then forced double overtime when she tied the game on a jumper with 24 seconds left in the first extra session. She also set a career high with six assists and four steals, while shooting better than 50 percent (14-for-27) from the floor and from three-point range (4-for-7). She was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. She played 45 minutes.

Less than 24 hours earlier, she played 37 minutes at Dartmouth and scored a team-high 19 points as the Quakers fell in the final minute, 68-65. She also had a then-career high five assists and matched a career-best with eight rebounds.

“She’s very special,” McLaughlin said of Baron after the 88-84 defeat to Harvard. “She wanted it very bad. She was phenomenal. She got her teammates open. She caused a lot of traffic and was able to kick the ball out. She’s very unselfish.”

Baron also swept the trio of honors as the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, Ivy League Rookie of the Week and Big 5 Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 24. The 5-10 guard also won the Rookie honors on Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Jan. 2 and Jan. 31. She split this week's Big 5 honor with Temple's Shea Peddy.

Penn's first five Ivy games all came on the road, but for the first time this season the Quakers will host an Ivy opponent when Cornell visits The Palestra on Friday night. On Saturday, the Red and Blue will then host Columbia. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

Baron's Statistics for the Week

vs. Dartmouth
vs. Harvard
45 14-27 .517 4-7 .571 6-6 1.000 5 6 0 4 38
21-44 .477 5-13 .385 10-11 .909 6.5 5.5 0.5 2.5