Shares First Player of the Week Honor With Penn Freshman Baron
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After leading the Yale University women's basketball team to its first sweep of the home-and-home season series over Brown since the 2007-08 season, sophomore guard Megan Vasquez has earned recognition from the Ivy League for her efforts.
Vasquez (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) scored a game-high 18 points to lead Yale to a 71-59 win at Brown on Friday, Jan. 21, in the Bulldogs' only game of the week. Vasquez was also just as crucial on the defensive end, where she frustrated the Bears' backcourt from start to finish, ending the game with a game-high five steals.
It was Yale's first win at Brown since the 2008-09 season when it pulled off a 71-37 victory at the Pizzitola Center on Jan. 23, 2009. The win also gave the Bulldogs their first 2-0 start to the Ivy League season since its last sweep of Brown (52-45 on Jan 19, 2008, at Brown; 72-49 on Jan. 26, 2008, at Yale).
Because of her overall effort in the win at Brown, the Ivy League announced on Monday that it named Vasquez the Ivy League Co-Player of the week. Vasquez shares the award with Penn freshman guard Alyssa Baron, who averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in the Quakers' games against Big 5 rivals La Salle and Temple. Baron was also named the Ivy's Rookie of the Week for her efforts. She joins Yale freshman forward Janna Graf as the only players to earn both league honors in a given week this season after Graf earned both awards last week.
It is the first Player of the Week honor for Vasquez in her career. She earned three Rookie of the Week honors last season. It is also the third Player of the Week honor for the Bulldogs this season. Graf was named both the Player and Rookie of the Week last week, while junior forward Michelle Cashen earned Player of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 23, 2010, following Yale's historic win over then-No.15/14 Florida State. Graf has also earned three Rookie of the Week honors this season. Combined, Yale has earned an Ivy League honor in four of the last five weeks.
Vasquez currently leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 13.6 points per game. She is also third in steals (1.3 spg.), fourth in assists (2.7 apg.), and fifth in rebounding (3.8 rpg.).
Yale is off until Friday, Jan. 28, when it tips off its first back-to-back weekend of Ivy League play with a home game against Penn in the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs will finish off the weekend against Ivy League defending champion Princeton on Saturday. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity