PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich earned another Ivy League Player of the Week honor on Monday as well as Co-ECAC Player of the Week accolades on Tuesday. Her big night last Wednesday against Richmond, which included a clutch performance down the stretch, helped propel the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team to a dramatic two-point victory.
Stipanovich earned her fifth double-double of the season with a game-high 19 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in the 49-47 win over the Spiders. With Penn trailing by four with under four minutes to play, Stipanovich scored six straight points for the Quakers and then had the assist on the game-winning three. In her personal 6-2 run down the stretch, she also had two blocks and two defensive rebounds. Stipanovich was key throughout the night though as she kept the Quakers in the game early as one of just two Penn players to score in the first half. For the night, she was 7-of-15 (47%) from the field and 5-of-6 (83%) from the free throw line.
Stipanovich, who was also named the Ivy League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, has now won six career Player of the Week accolades from the Ivy League (two this season) and 14 career Ivy weekly awards (she won the Rookie of the Week honor eight times last season).
The St. Louis, Mo., native now has 15 career double-doubles which ties her for ninth-most all-time at Penn. She now has 43 blocks already this season (ranks seventh-most in a season all-time at Penn) and 142 for her career (ranks second all-time at Penn and 16th-most in Ivy history).
Coming up this week, two more non-conference games remain for Stipanovich and the Quakers, including one final Big 5 contest. Villanova visits The Palestra for a 5:30 p.m. start on Wednesday—the first game of a doubleheader with the men, who tip off against Monmouth at 8 p.m. The Quakers have already clinched a share of the Big 5 title, but can win the city championship outright with a win over the Wildcats. Penn then wraps up its non-league schedule with a road contest at NJIT on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m.