PHILADELPHIA - SophomoreSydney Stipanovichhad a double-double in an historic win for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team and earned Big 5 Player of the Week honors on Monday.
For just the second time in 40 all-time meetings, the Quakers beat Big 5 rival Saint Joseph's, and Stipanovich played a large part with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win. In the 65-51 victory - the first-ever over the Hawks in 24 games at The Palestra - Stipanovich had 11 points and eight rebounds in the second half alone to help Penn overcome a halftime deficit.
Stipanovich was especially strong defensively as she held the Hawks starting center to just six points (had averaged 11.6 points per game). Stipanovich had a block, steal and 10 of her 11 rebounds were on the defensive end.
The St. Louis, Mo., native also added two assists and was 4-of-7 (57%) from the floor. In the final minute of the game, she went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to seal Penn's second Big 5 win this season (tied school record).
This is Stipanovich's second Big 5 Player of the Week honor this season (Nov. 24) and fourth of her career. She received the award earlier this year after a double-double against La Salle and has averaged 14.0 points and 13.0 rebounds against Big 5 competition this season.
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.
Stipanovich 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.