Needless to say, it was a strong weekend for Penn men’s basketball. The Quakers defeated Ivy rivals Brown and Yale on consecutive nights to improve their spotless conference record to 5-0, and they couldn’t have done it without the herculean efforts of Antonio Woods.
The junior guard was all over the court in both games, constantly attacking the opposing defenses, seemingly getting to the basket at will.
Against Brown on Friday night, Woods was particularly effective, especially from range. He knocked down four three-pointers en route to a season-high 21 points. Equally impressive was Woods’ efficiency. The junior scored on six of his 12 shots for the contest and forced the Brown defense to afford him extra attention, which only created additional openings for his teammates to exploit.
The game against Yale proved to be much more of a defensive struggle, but that didn’t impede Woods from delivering on the offensive end. The confidence apparent from the Brown game clearly carried over to Saturday night’s contest against the Bulldogs. Again, Woods attacked the basket throughout the game, drawing fouls, and finishing at the rim. He scored 13 points and added two assists and even a block.
If Woods continues to exhibit such confidence, the Quakers’ sterling 5-0 Ivy League record will only improve. The Red and Blue have been the Ivy League's premier team so far, but much of that success came before Woods’ breakout games. With a new offensive catalyst emerging, the rest of the conference better watch out.
Antonio Woods, this week’s DP Sports Player of the Week, is coming.
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