Vasquez Honored by College Sports Madness; Halejian Earns Third Ivy Rookie Honor
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University women's basketball team received a pair of honors on Monday that come as a result of two stellar performances in the Bulldogs' win at Brown in the opening game of the Ivy League season on Friday.
After scoring a career-high 18 points to go with three steals in Yale's 75-65 win at Brown on Friday, freshman guard Sarah Halejian was recognized by the Ivy League as its Co-Rookie of the Week. Halejian scored 13 of her 18 points to help lead Yale's second-half comeback in the victory. Overall, she was 5-for-10 shooting from the floor, 4-for-7 in the second half, and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Halejian shares this week's Rookie of the Week honor with Dartmouth's Tia Dawson, who recorded a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in Dartmouth's loss to Harvard.
It is Halejian's third Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor this season, which matches Penn's Kara Bonenberger for the most Rookie of the Week awards by one player this season. Halejian was the Rookie of the Week last week as well as Dec. 19.
Halejian has averaged 15.0 points in her last three games.
In addition to Halejian's League honor, junior guard Vasquez was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Vasquez scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down five rebounds in Yale's win at Brown. She was 8-for-20 from the floor, 5-for-11 in the second-half rally. Vasquez, an All-Ivy First Team selection last season, scored 20 points for the fifth time this season. She scored 20 or more points five times previously in her career, all coming last season.
For her efforts, Vasquez was added to the Ivy League's Weekly Honor Roll. While she earned the honor from CollegeSportsMadness.com, the Ivy League named Princeton's Niveen Rasheed its Player of the Week.
Vasquez has scored in double figures in four consecutive games and 12 times out of 15 games this season. She is Yale's leading scorer in each of her three seasons, and the 23-point effort gives her 901 career points, moving her within 99 points of becoming the 17th player in Yale's history to reach 1,000 career points.
Yale returns to action on Friday when it plays host to Brown in John J. Lee Amphitheater at 7 p.m.