Three players and the coach of the Ivy League champion women’s basketball teamat Penn have been recognized by the Conference for their spectacular 2018-2019 season.
Sophomore center Eleah Parker was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and is a unanimous First-Team All-Ivy selection. At the time of the award, she led the Quakers in scoring (15.6 points per game), rebounding (8.9 per game), field goal percentage (.507), and blocks (88). Her 3.26 blocks per game average was second in the country and first in the conference.
Seniors Ashley Russell and Princess Aghayere were both named Second-Team All-Ivy honorees. In a team-leading 33.3 minutes per game, Ms. Russell, a guard, averaged 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. She was also first on the team with 118 assists and 54 steals. She was second in the Ivy League in assists and had the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the conference (2.5).
Ms. Aghayere, a forward, was the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 12.1 points per game, and second-leading rebounder, grabbing 6.7 boards per contest. Her .476 field goal percentage was third in the conference.
Head Coach Mike McLaughlin guided the Quakers to a 22-5 record at the time of the award and picked up his third Ivy League Coach of the Year award. He is the only coach in the conference to win 20 games in each of the last six seasons, and has won four of the last six Ivy League titles.
The women’s basketball team made it to the second round of the 2019 Women’s National Invitation Tournament.