PRINCETON, N.J. -- In a year when the Princeton
women’s basketball program was focused on repeats and streaks
– back-to-back Ivy League titles, back-to-back NCAA
appearances, a 14-0 home record, and a season-best 10 straight wins
to end the regular season – one Tiger achieved a first for
the Princeton program. Senior guard Addie Micir
(Newton, Pa.) was unanimously named the 201011 Ivy League Player of
the Year, as voted on by the League’s eight head coaches. She
is the first Tiger to ever receive the honor and the first
unanimous Player of the Year since Harvard’s Hana
Peljto in 2003.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Micir was key to the Tigers’ success this season, leading the squad with 12.1 points and 3.29 assists per game. The sharpshooter led all Ivy players with 74 three-pointers (2.64 per game) and tied for the League-best three-point field goal percentage (46.8). One of three Tigers to start all 28 games this season, Micir also led her team in minutes played per game (33.8) and was the top scorer on nine occasions.
Micir was twice named Ivy League Player of the Week in 2010-11, bringing her career total to five. The Newton, Pa., native is also a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection after being named to the second team as a sophomore and junior.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
The future is bright for Penn basketball and 2010-11 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Alyssa Baron (Miami, Fla.). The freshman sensation was the driving force behind the Quakers achieving the best one-year turnaround in program history, jumping from two wins in 2009-10 to 11 wins this winter.
Baron is just the second all-time Rookie of the Year honoree for the Quakers – the first being Diana Caramanico in 1997-98, who went on to be named Player of the Year three times. Baron set the bar high for all Ivy rookies to follow, becoming the first freshman to lead the League in scoring (16.6 ppg overall, 16.9 ppg in Ivy play) since an official Ivy schedule was played in 1979-80. She scored 20 points or more on seven occasions and recorded the League’s lone 30-plus point output of the season, a 38-point performance on Feb. 5 in an overtime loss at Harvard.
For her efforts, Baron was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week seven times, which ties her for the third most such honors in Ivy history.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
It is no surprise that the Defensive Player of the Year comes from the team that led the League in lowest points allowed (51.3 per game). Princeton sophomore guard Lauren Polansky (Mill Valley, Calif.) takes the award, which is in just its third year of existence. Sara Yee of Columbia won the award in both 2009 and 2010.
Polansky was one of the League leaders in steals, totaling 52 for a 1.93 per game average. She averaged 4.2 rpg, including 2.6 on the defensive end, and blocked 11 shots.
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
The 2010-11 Ivy League champion Princeton Tigers led the way with three first team All-Ivy selections, including two unanimous picks in Micir and junior center Devona Allgood (Huntersville, N.C.). Junior guard Lauren Edwards (Los Angeles) rounds out the first team Tiger trio.
Allgood provided a solid post presence all season long, averaging 12 ppg and a League-best 7.3 rpg. She led the Tigers in scoring six times, including a career-high 22-point performance on Feb. 12 against Cornell, and had five double-double performances, including a 16-point, career-high 17-rebound effort in her final career Ivy game (Mar. 7 at Penn).
Edwards has also been a key piece of Princeton’s balance and depth throughout the season. Along with Micir and Allgood, she started all 28 games this season, averaging 11.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Edwards tallied a career-best 21 points in the Tigers’ 71-63 win at Wake Forest, the program’s first-ever win against an ACC opponent. In total, she led Princeton in scoring four times, in rebounding three times and in assists four times. This is Edwards’ second consecutive first team honor.
The third unanimous selection to the first team is Harvard junior guard Brogan Berry (Beavercreek, Ohio). The floor general for the Crimson averaged 13.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. She led Harvard in scoring nine times and in assists on 20 occasions, including a career-high eight three times. On Feb. 19, Berry joined Harvard’s 1,000-point club, becoming the 15th player to accomplish the feat and only the fifth to do so as a junior. Her 2.36 assist-to-turnover ratio has ranked her among the nation’s best all season and currently places her at No. 9.
Rounding out the first team is Columbia senior guard Kathleen Barry (Valley Center, Calif.) and Yale sophomore guard Megan Vasquez (Merrick, N.Y.). Barry was the heart and soul of the Lion squad this season. Following a solid 18-10 finish in 2009-10, Columbia opened 2010-11 with a 13-game losing streak before finishing 7-8 in its final 15 games. Despite their ups and downs, Barry was consistent throughout, averaging team-bests of 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. She led all Ivies with seven double-doubles, including three straight on Jan. 22 vs. Cornell, Jan. 28 vs. Harvard and Jan. 29 vs. Dartmouth. The latter two earned Barry the first Ivy League Player of the Week award of her career.
Vasquez concluded the 2010-11 regular-season as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 13.8 ppg, helping Yale to a second-place Ivy finish and a WNIT bid – the first postseason appearance for the program in more than 30 years. She was the Bulldogs’ top scorer in 13 games and surpassed the 20-point mark five times. Vasquez saved some of her best performances for Yale’s biggest games, dropping a career-high 25 points in a 91-85 upset of then No. 15 Florida State on Dec. 10 and 23 points in a decisive 78-64 win at Harvard on Feb. 26.
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Brown’s Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, N.Y.), Dartmouth’s Faziah Steen (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Yale’s Mady Gobrecht (New Haven, Conn.) and Harvard’s Victoria Lippert (San Diego) and Emma Markley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) make up a very solid second team All-Ivy team for 2010-11.
Dixon, a sophomore guard, averaged 11 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Bears, leading them to a 6-3 record down the stretch and a tie for fourth place in the Ivy standings. Steen, a unanimous Rookie Team selection last year, stepped up as a leader on her young Big Green squad, averaging a team-high 13.1 ppg, including 15.0 ppg in Ivy play. She led Dartmouth in scoring seven times, including back-to-back 28-point outings on Jan. 29 at Columbia and Feb. 4 against Penn.
Lippert, a sophomore guard, and Markley, a senior forward, were both instrumental in the Crimson finishing 18-10 overall and 10-4 in Ivy play, good for a tie of second place. Lippert was the team’s second leading scorer at 13.5 ppg, while Markley led the squad with 5.9 rpg and chipped in 12.7 ppg. This is the second consecutive second team honor for Lippert while Markley earned second team honors as a sophomore and first team honors as a junior.
This is the first All-Ivy honor for Gobrecht, who will also close out her collegiate career being taking part in Yale’s first postseason appearance in more than three decades. The senior forward averaged 12 ppg, 6.4 rpg and shot a team-best 43 percent from the field.
Rookie of the Year Alyssa Baron is one of three unanimous selections to the 2010-11 Rookie Team, along with Harvard’s Christine Clark (Tucson, Ariz.) and Yale’s Janna Graf (Mission Woods, Kan.). Also earning Rookie Team honors are Brown’s Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) and Columbia’s Brianna Orlich (Fresno, Calif.).
The youth of the Ivy League made their mark this year, as all five members of the Rookie Team rank among the League’s top 20 in scoring. Baron led the League in scoring at 16.6 ppg, Clark was seventh at 12.1 ppg, Graf was 17th at 9.3 ppg, Clarke was 18th at 9.3 ppg and Orlich was 19th at 9.3 ppg.
The trio of unanimous selections also dominated the League’s Rookie of the Week award, combining to be honored in 14 of the possible 16 weeks. Baron was honored seven times, Graf was honored four times and Clark was honored three times. Brown’s Clarke also earned the award once.
Player of the Year
*Addie Micir, Princeton (Sr., G, Newton, Pa.)
Rookie of the Year
Alyssa Baron, Penn (Fr., G, Miami, Fla.)
Defensive Player of the Year
Lauren Polansky, Princeton (So., G, Mill Valley, Calif.)
First Team All-Ivy (6)
*Devona Allgood, Princeton (Jr., C, Huntersville, N.C.)
Kathleen Barry, Columbia (Sr., G, Valley Center, Calif.)
*Brogan Berry, Harvard (Jr., G, Beavercreek, Ohio)
*Addie Micir, Princeton (Sr., G, Newton, Pa.)
Lauren Edwards, Princeton (Jr., G, Los Angeles)
Megan Vasquez, Yale (So., G, Merrick, N.Y.)
Second Team All-Ivy (5)
Sheila Dixon, Brown (So., G, Schenectady, N.Y.)
Mady Gobrecht, Yale (Sr., F, New Haven, Conn.)
Victoria Lippert, Harvard (So., G, San Diego)
Emma Markley, Harvard (Sr., F, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.)
Faziah Steen, Dartmouth (So., G, Kalamazoo, Mich.)
Honorable Mention (3)
Alyssa Baron, Penn (Fr., G, Miami, Fla.)
Michelle Cashen, Yale (Jr., F, Belle Harbor, N.Y.)
Clare Fitzpatrick, Cornell (So., F, Southbury, Conn.)
Rookie Team (5)
*Alyssa Baron, Penn (Fr., G, Miami, Fla.)
*Christine Clark, Harvard (Fr., G, Tucson, Ariz.)
Lauren Clarke, Brown (Fr., G, Colts Neck, N.J.)
*Janna Graf, Yale (Fr., F, Mission Woods, Kan.)
Brianna Orlich, Columbia (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.)