Three Women Basketball Players Earn All-Big 5

PHILADELPHIA--Penn women's basketball seniors Joey Rhoads and Monica Naltner were selected to the All-Big 5 second team while classmate Lauren Pears was recognized for her efforts in the classroom as an academic All-Big 5 honoree. The announcement was made at the Big 5 year-end banquet, April 24.

It was Rhoads’ second All-Big 5 recognition, though she was named an honorable mention last season. It was the first such honor for Naltner and Pears.

A native of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Rhoads led the Quakers' scoring in 12 games -- six of them in the Ivies -- this season and leaves the Penn as the seventh all-time leading scorer in the program history with 1,210 points. She put up a career-high 28 points against Drexel in December and registered back-to-back 23-point performances against Brown and Yale in early February. In 109 games with the Quakers, Rhoads scored in the double digits 55 times, this season alone, she did it 19 times. Rhoads was named to the All-Ivy first team.

Naltner hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and was Penn's leading scorer and rebounder this season. She scored 417 points (15.4 ppg) and tore 170 boards (6.3 rpg). Naltner had three double-doubles this season and led the Red and Blue scoring in 11 games. A highlight game for the forward was Dec. 7 at Lafayette. Naltner had a quiet first half with just seven points but put her team on her back in the second scoring 30 points behind 10-of-10 free throws, 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and 8-of-9 overall shooting. Her 37 points put her in a tie for the sixth most points scored by a Quakerin a game. Naltner was a second team All-Ivy selection.

A native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Pears led the team in steals (57) and assists (110). She was the Quakers’ third leading scorer with 7.2 points per game and their second leading rebounder with 4.4 boards per game. Pears combined her on-court prowess with a stellar academic record with a 3.2 GPA majoring in English.

Penn finished its season with a 12-15 overall record and in a tie for fourth place in the Ivy standings with an even 7-7 record.