Stipanovich Named Ivy & Big 5 Player of the Week

PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich averaged a double-double in two historic wins for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team last week and earned Co-Ivy League and Co-Big 5 Player of the Week honors on Monday as announced by the respective conferences.

In a 57-29 Big 5 win over La Salle and a 60-51 victory at Navy, Stipanovich averaged 11.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

In Penn's largest Big 5 win since 1995 and the first three-game winning streak over La Salle in school history, Stipanovich recorded her 11th career double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds in just 28 minutes. She scored 11 straight points between the first and second halves to put the game out of reach. The St. Louis, Mo., native also added two blocks and two assists in the win.

Three days later, in the team's first-ever win at Navy, Stipanovich had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks in addition to two more steals and an assist. Her defensive presence played a large role in both games as Penn held La Salle to just 29 points on Wednesday -- the fewest points Penn has allowed in 19 years -- and then allowed just eight points in the paint to Navy on Saturday.

Stipanovich earns her fifth career Player of the Week honor and 13th career Ivy League weekly award, as she was a four-time Player and eight-time Rookie of the Week last season. This is also her third career Big 5 Player of the Week accolade.

Before Thanksgiving, Stipanovich and the Quakers return to The Palestra on Tuesday for a contest with New Hampshire at 7 p.m.