Sarju Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week

Nyasha Sarju. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nyasha Sarju. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale's No. 2 Scorer Earns First Career Ivy Honor After Averaging 13.5 Points Last Week


Ivy League Week 4 Release


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University women's basketball team announced Monday that freshman guard Nyasha Sarju (Seattle, Wash./Garfield High) was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week.

Sarju earns her first career Ivy League honor after averaging 13.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in Yale's two games at DePaul and Northwestern last week.

In both games last week, Sarju saved her best for the second half.

In the 95-80 loss at Big East powerhouse DePaul, Sarju scored a team-high 16 points to go with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 22 minutes off the bench. In the second half of that game, Sarju scored 12 of her points on a stellar 5-of-6 shooting and tallied three of her rebounds and both assists and both steals, as well as the first blocked shot of her Yale career.

In the 83-75 loss at Big Ten opponent Northwestern, Sarju scored 11 points and grabbed two rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. She recorded all 11 points and one of her rebounds in the second half, helping to fuel a late rally that allowed the Bulldogs to trim a 20-point deficit to just eight points in the final 2:45 of the game.

Sarju is currently second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game. She is also fifth on the team in rebounding with 2.6 rebounds per game. She is third on the team in assists (10) and steals (4), and she tied for the team lead in 3-pointers made with nine. Through the first five games of the season, Sarju is shooting 41.1 percent overall (23-for-56) and 50.0 percent from 3-point range (9-for-18).

One of two players to score in double figures in both games last week, along with sophomore guard and last year's Ivy League Rookie of the Year Sarah Halejian, Sarju has been a great addition to the lineup right from the start of the 2012-13 season.

In her Yale debut at Holy Cross on Nov. 9, Sarju scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed three rebounds in 27 minutes of action off the bench.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity