Women's Basketball Sweeps Ivy Awards

PHILADELPHIA - Senior captain Alyssa Baron was named Ivy League Player of the Year, while freshman Sydney Stipanovich earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors on Thursday as announced by the league office. In addition, Baron was a unanimous first-team selection for the second straight season, and junior Kara Bonenberger joined Stipanovich on the All-Ivy second team.

Penn is the first team to sweep all three postseason awards since the Ivy League added Defensive Player of theYear to the mix in 2008-09. It isjust the eighth time a team has swept the awards -- a first for the Quakers -- and the first time a team has accomplished the feat since 2001-02 (Harvard).

Baron, who was among the top 10 in the Ivy League in scoring (14.6 ppg), rebounding (5.9), assists (3.4), steals (1.7) and free throw percentage (.803), is the fourth Penn player to earn Ivy League Player of the Year accolades and the first since Jewel Clark (2003-04). Diana Caramanico won the award three times and Kirsten Brendel was named the league's MVP in 1990-91.

Baron is now a four-time All-Ivy recipient. She was a second-team honoree as a sophomore and made the honorable mention team en route to Ivy League Rookie of the Year accolades in 2010-11. The Gulliver Prep product is just the 13th player in the history of the league to earn both Player and Rookie of the Year honors over the course a career, and second Penn player to do so (Caramanico).

Stipanovich is the first player in league history to win two Player of the Year awards in the same season. She is Penn's first Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and the program's third Ivy League Rookie of the Year along with Caramanico and Baron.

Stipanovich, who ranks sixth in the nation in blocks, is the first freshman in Ancient Eight history to win four Ivy League Player of the Week awards and her eight Rookie of the Week honors ranks sixth in the league record book. The freshman's 98 blocks are second-most in a season in league history and more than six Ivy League teams. She broke the school single-season record of 72 with eight games to play and became the first Penn player with eight blocks in a game -- a feat she reached three times in her rookie season, including a school-record nine in a win over Harvard on Feb. 1. The St. Louis, Mo., native ranks third in the Ivies in rebounding (8.5/game) and her 10 double-doubles are the most for a Penn player in 10 years.

Bonenberger earns her first All-Ivy selection. She finished third in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.527), fourthin rebounding (6.5/game) and sixth in blocks (24). The Walnutport, Pa., native has started every game over the last two seasons. In 28 games this year, she scored in double figures 18 times and finished has three double-doubles.

Penn (22-6) clinched its first Ivy League title and NCAA Tournament berth since 2003-04 on Tuesday night. The Quakers (22-6, 12-2 Ivy) tied a school record for wins in a season and earned the outright championship with the second-best league mark in program history.

Up next for the Quakers is Monday's NCAA Tournament Selection Show. Penn is organizing a watch party with the team at The Palestra. Details to come.

Alyssa Baron, Penn (Sr., G – Miami)

Sydney Stipanovich, Penn (Fr., C – St. Louis)*

Sydney Stipanovich, Penn (Fr., C – St. Louis)

Alyssa Baron, Penn (Sr., G – Miami)*
Christine Clark, Harvard (Sr., G – Tucson, Ariz.)*
Blake Dietrick, Princeton (Jr., G – Wellesley, Mass.)
Temi Fagbenle, Harvard (Jr., F – London)
Sarah Halejian, Yale (Jr., G – Wyckoff, N.J.)

Kara Bonenberger, Penn (Jr., F – Walnutport, Pa.)
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Sr., G – Colts Neck, N.J.)
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (Sr., F – Fairport, N.Y.)
Kristen Helmstetter, Princeton (Sr., G/F – Bridgewater, N.J.)
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn (Fr., C – St. Louis)

Sophie Bikofsky, Brown (Jr., G – Newton, Mass.)
Lakin Roland, Dartmouth (So., F – Jeffersonville, Ind.)
Alex Wheatley, Princeton (So., F – Upper Holland, Pa.)
Nicola Zimmer, Dartmouth (Sr., G – Chevy Chase, Md.)

*-Unanimous selection