The first Weekend MVP Award of the year goes to Penn women’s basketball junior guard Beth Brzozowski. As the Quakers opened their Ivy League slate against Princeton in a battle of teams that have combined for the past seven conference championships, Penn’s sixth woman finished with a modest total of nine points — but those points could have not come at a better time.
In a three-minute stretch in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Ohio native knocked down three straight treys, with the first two coming on back-to-back possessions to tie the game up, and the third giving her team the lead. The dagger, and her biggest shot, came as the shot clock expired with 3:04 remaining. Brzozowski was left alone in the corner, and Michelle Nwokedi found her just in time, as the shot gave the Red and Blue a 54-51 lead they would not relinquish.
More than just the points, Brzozowski’s efforts energized the rest of the team and gave them the spark that they needed to finish off the Tigers and secure the victory. Penn had been trailing for nearly the entire game, and her points gave the Quakers the lead for the first time since the middle of the first quarter.
The Red and Blue were pumped up after the junior’s run and began to play their best defense of the game, which allowed them to shut down Princeton’s comeback effort. Without Brzozowski, the Quakers simply would not have won on Saturday, making her our first Weekend MVP.
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