PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Sydney Stipanovich had a near triple-double and then a double-double last weekend as the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team matched the second-longest winning streak in school history (eight) with back-to-back victories over Ivy rivals. On Monday, Stipanovich was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the sixth time this season by the league office.
For the week, the St. Louis, Mo., native averaged 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks, and shot 52.2 percent from the field. She also set the school's single-season blocks record.
Stipanovich's six Ivy Rookie of the Week accolades are 10th-most in league history. She is the third Penn player to reach that number and the first since Alyssa Baron earned the award seven times in 2010-11 (Penn's Diana Caramanico holds the Ivy record at 10).
Stipanovich has won nine weekly Ivy honors this year as she set the Ivy League record for a freshman with her third Ivy League Player of the Week accolade earlier this month. She has also won a pair of Big 5 Player of the Week accolades (Jan. 27, Feb. 3).
In the first home win over Yale in five years, Stipanovich had 15 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks in addition to a pair of assists. Also during the 62-50 victory, she surpassed a 20-year-old school record with her 73rd block of the season. She currently ranks fourth in the nation with 82 blocks - which are also sixth-most in a season in Ivy history.
The following night, Stipanovich played just 25 minutes, but recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five more blocks in a decisive 78-51 win over Brown. In 70 minutes over the weekend, she had just two turnovers.
Penn (16-5, 6-1 Ivy) matched the second-longest winning streak in school history - set earlier this year. Prior to this season, Penn had just one win streak of eight or more games in its entire history. This also marks just the second time Penn has ever posted back-to-back 16-win seasons.
A four-game road swing awaits Stipanovich and the Quakers as Penn will make two trips through New England in the next two weeks. The Red and Blue are at Harvard (Feb. 21) and Dartmouth (Feb. 22) followed by trips to Brown (Feb. 28) and Yale (March 1).