Halejian Named Ivy League Player of the Week

Sarah Halejian. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sarah Halejian. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

After Career Night at Brown, Halejian Shares Award with Cornell's DiMagno


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Sarah Halejian's (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) most impressive performance of her college career did more than lift the Yale University Women's Basketball Team to its first Ivy League win of the season, it also caught the attention of the Ivy League.

Thanks to her 21-point, 10-rebound performance in Yale's 59-47 win at Brown on Friday, Halejian was named the Player of the Week by the Ivy League this afternoon. Halejian shares the award with Cornell junior guard Allyson DiMagno, who recorded 13 points and 22 rebounds in the Big Red's double-overtime win at Columbia on Saturday.

It is the first career Player of the Week honor for Halejian and seventh Ivy League weekly honor overall. She earned Rookie of the Week recognition six times last season, which tied a Yale record for Rookie of the Week awards by one player in a single season.

Halejian's 21 points and 10 rebounds were both career-high marks for the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Yale's 59-47 win at Brown on Friday. It was the first 20-point performance of Halejian's young career and her first career double-double.

The 21-point effort by Halejian matches Yale's single-game high for one player this season after senior guard Megan Vasquez scored 21 points at Northwestern on Nov. 21. Halejian is the third Yale player to record at least 10 rebounds this season after junior guard Janna Graf grabbed 12 at Northwestern and junior center Zenab Keita pulled down 11 against Houston on Nov. 17. Keita's 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Houston was the lone double-double of the season for the Bulldogs before Halejian's career night at Brown on Friday.

In the victory, Halejian shot a stellar 9-for-16 (56.2 percent) from the floor. Halejian's nine made field goals and eight defensive rebounds were also career-high marks. She also matched a season-high with three steals.

Halejian also drew the defensive assignment on Brown's leading scorer, Lauren Clarke, who was held to nine points overall, but more importantly, just two points in the second half.

Halejian's previous career-highs were 18 points, also set at Brown last season (Jan. 13, 2012), and six rebounds (set at Columbia, Feb. 24, 2012).

Yale returns to action on Friday when it welcomes Harvard to the John J. Lee Amphitheater at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity