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Women's Basketball Weekly Awards - Week 18

Women's Basketball Weekly Awards - Week 18

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Photos courtesy of Brown Athletics Communications, Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Brown sophomore guard Shayna Mehta and Penn junior forward Michelle Nwokedi share Player of the Week, while Princeton freshman guard Bella Alarie is named Rookie of the Week.

LEAGUE NOTES
• Penn swept the weekend to claim its second-straight outright Ivy League title and third in the past four years.

• It’s the fifth overall title for the Quakers and the first back-to-back in program history.

• Penn wrapped up the top seed in the Ivy League Basketball Tournament, March 11-12 at the Palestra.

• The Quakers will face Brown, which went 2-0 over the weekend to clinch the fourth-seed, including a 67-46 win over Cornell in a play-in game for the spot.

• Princeton and Harvard finished second and third, respectively, and will play in the second semifinal on Saturday.

• The Ivy League remained at No. 8 in the latest NCAA RPI for the third-straight week, its highest ranking since finishing the 2014-15 season at No. 7.

• Two teams appear in the top 100 RPI, with Harvard coming in at 44 and Penn at 55. Princeton and Cornell are just outside the top 100, at 116 and 126, respectively.

• The Ivy League finished with a 67-37 (.644) non-conference record in 2016-17.The League’s .644 non-conference winning percentage is the best in Ivy history, surpassing the .643 set in 1974-75, and its 67 wins ranks fourth all-time, trailing 1977-78 and 2015-16 (72) and 2014-15 (68).

• Penn senior Sydney Stipanovich became the all-time Ivy League leader in blocks in both men’s and women’s history with 313, surpassing Brown’s Cedric Kuakumensah (312, 2012-16).

• Columbia junior guard Camille Zimmerman finished with a Columbia program record 608 points, just the seventh Ivy all-time to surpass the 600-point plateau for a season and the first since Harvard’s Hana Peljto in 2003-04. Zimmerman’s 608 points is the sixth-highest single-season total in League history.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, March 10
Open Shootaround at The Palestra [ILDN]

Ivy League Tournament Semifinals (The Palestra)
Saturday, March 11
No. 4 Brown vs. No. 1 Penn, 11 am [ESPN3*]
No. 3 Harvard vs. No. 2 Princeton, 6:30 pm [ESPN3*]

Ivy League Tournament Championship (The Palestra)
Sunday, March 12
Brown/Penn vs. Harvard/Princeton, 4 pm [ESPNU/ESPN3]

Monday, March 13
NCAA Selection Show, 5 pm [NCAA.com]

*-tape delay on ESPNU

KEY
ILDN-Broadcast live on The Ivy League Digital Network
ESPNU-Broadcast live on ESPNU/ESPN3
ESPN3-Broadcast live on ESPN3/WatchESPN App

CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Brown sophomore guard Shayna Mehta (San Francisco) averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in two games to lead the Bears to a pair of wins and the last spot in the Ivy League Basketball Tournament. Mehta recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Columbia, setting up a one-game play in for the fourth and final spot against Cornell. She then poured in 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting against the Big Red, including nine points in the third quarter as the Bears built a 46-30 lead en route to the victory.

Mehta receives her third Player of the Week honor of the season and eighth Ivy League weekly award, as she was a five-time Rookie of the Week last season.

Mehta's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
S
B
PTS
at Columbia
31
4-9 .444 1-3 .333
4-5 .800
10
3
1
0
13
at Cornell
33
11-16 .688 4-5 .800
2-2 1.000
6
3
1
0
28
TOTALS 32.0 15-25 .600 5-8 .625
6-7 .857 8.0 3.0 1.0 --
20.5

 








Penn junior forward Michelle Nwokedi (Missouri City, Texas) recorded a pair of double-doubles and averaged 22.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in two games as the Quakers swept their final road trip to clinch the outright Ivy League title for the second-straight year. Nwokedi scored 22 points in each game and flirted with a triple double against Dartmouth, tallying 12 rebounds and seven blocks.

Nwokedi receives her fourth Player of the Week honor of the season and seventh of her career. She is the 18th Ivy all-time to take home at least seven Player of the Week accolades and the fourth from Penn, joining among others her teammate Sydney Stipanovich (11).

Nwokedi's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
S
B
PTS
at Dartmouth
36
8-19 .421 0-3 .000
6-8 .750
12
3
0
7
22
at Harvard
32
8-15 .533 2-4 .500
4-6 .667
10
4
1
1
22
TOTALS 34.0 16-34 .471 2-5 .400
10-14 .714 11.0 3.5 0.5 4.0
22.0








ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman guard Bella Alarie (Bethesda, Md.) received her ninth Rookie of the Week honor after averaging 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the Tigers’ two games, including her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds at Dartmouth.

Alarie is the sixth Ivy all-time to receive at least nine Rookie of the Week honors and the second Tiger to do so, joining Niveen Rasheed (9, 2010).

Alarie's Statistics for the Week


MIN
FG-A
PCT
3FG-A
PCT
FT-A
PCT
REB
A
S
B
PTS
at Harvard
35
6-8 .750 2-3 .667
2-5 .400
9
3
2
0
16
at Dartmouth
32
5-15 .333 0-4 .000
2-4 .500
12
0
1
0
12
TOTALS 33.5 11-23 .478 2-7 .286
4-9 .444 10.5 1.5 1.5 --
14.0

 








HONOR ROLL
Roxy Barahman, Yale (Fr., G – Calabasas, Calif.)
8 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block at Cornell
15 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3FG% at Columbia

Katie Benzan, Harvard (Fr., G – Wellesley, Mass.)
13 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 100.0 FT% vs. Princeton
11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists vs. Penn

Justine Gaziano, Brown (Fr., G/F – Natick, Mass.)
8 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, 50.0 FG%, 66.7 3FG% at Columbia
13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% at Cornell

Elizabeth Haley, Yale (Sr., F – Dayton, Ohio)
9 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 57.1 FG%, 100.0 3FG% at Cornell
2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block at Columbia

Nia Marshall, Cornell (Sr., F – Macedonia, Ohio)
15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals vs. Yale
13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal vs. Brown

Destiny Nunley, Harvard (Sr., F – North Richland Hills, Texas)
6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 100.0 FT% vs. Princeton
16 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 4 blocks, 41.2 FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Penn

Fanni Szabo, Dartmouth (Sr., F – Budapest, Hungary)
11 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 100.0 FT% vs. Penn
12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 100.0 FT% vs. Princeton

Camille Zimmerman, Columbia (Jr., G/F – Tempe, Ariz.)
22 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block, 40.9 FG%, 80.0 FT% vs. Brown
14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 100.0 FT% vs. Yale