February 13, 2012

Vasquez Nets Pair of Weekly Awards

Named Ivy League Player of Week and CollegeSportsMadness.com Ivy Player of Week

 

Ivy League's Week 14 Release

CollegeSportsMadness.com

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Megan Vasquez played the best two games of her career Friday and Saturday and surpassed 1,000 career points in the process, so it is fitting that the junior guard on the Yale University women's basketball team is now earning some recognition for her stellar weekend.

Vasquez, averaged 26.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a pair of wins over Cornell and Columbia last week, was named the Player of the Week by the Ivy League on Monday. She also earned recognition as the Ivy Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com.

It is the third overall Ivy League Player of the Week award for Vasquez and her first this season. 

"Megan just keeps improving as a player all the time. It would not surprise me to see her continue to have dominating performances like she did this past weekend," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball.

Vasquez matched what was then her career-high with 25 points to lead the Bulldogs to an 86-73 win over Cornell at John J. Lee Amphitheater Friday night. With her first made free throw with 13:34 left in the game, she scored her 20th point of the game and the 1,000th point of her Yale career. In doing so, she became the 17th player in Yale's history to surpass 1,000 career points.

The last Yale player to reach the 1,000-point milestone was Melissa Colborne, who passed the mark on Jan. 23, 2009, in a 71-37 win over Brown.

Vasquez scored 16 of her 25 points in a dominating first half by Yale. She was 4-for-6 from 3-point range in the first half to help the Bulldogs take a 41-25 halftime lead.

After securing her place in Yale's history Friday night against Cornell, Vasquez followed that performance by setting a new career-high mark with 28 points to help Yale rally past Columbia, 73-59, in Ivy League action Saturday night.

Following her 53-point weekend, Vasquez surpassed Barb Liebowitz (1,004 points) and Sarah Jacobson (1,006 points) to move into 15th place on Yale's All-Time Scoring List. Vasquez now has scored 1,033 career points.

Vasquez notched her seventh and eighth 20-point outings of the season. She now has 13 games with 20 or more points in her career.

With her two performances leading to the weekend sweep of Cornell and Columbia, Vasquez led Yale (14-8, 6-2 Ivy League) back into second place in the Ivy League standings. At the end of the season, the team that finishes in first place in the Ivy League standings automatically qualifies for the NCAA Tournament, while the second-place team earns an automatic bid in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).

Vasquez scored 11 of her points in a game-changing 29-11 Yale run that allowed the Bulldogs to erase a deficit that was as high as 12 points in the first half and pull ahead, 63-50, with 6:15 left, essentially securing the victory.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity