Penn women's basketball's Michelle Nwokedi takes home more awards


Whaddayaknow: she did it again.

Following a pair of solid road wins for Penn women’s basketball, rookie Michelle Nwokedi notched her fourth Ivy League rookie of the week nod of the season and third since the beginning of 2015 alone.

The freshman forward — starting for only the second and third times of the season, respectively — averaged 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game in a pair of Red and Blue victories over Yale and Brown. Since taking over as a starter for senior guard Renee Busch, Nwokedi has scored in double digits three times, recording double-doubles each time.

The Missouri City, Texas, native has now earned the honor in three of the past four weeks. Her dominance in the paint has helped the Red in Blue win five of their seven conference games, a mark good enough for sole possession of second place in the Ancient Eight.

Nwokedi kicked off this past weekend by scoring a game-high 13 points in a comfortable 61-42 triumph over then-second-place Yale. The rookie followed that game up with a near triple-double in Providence, tallying 17 points, 10 boards and seven blocks in an 83-75 victory in against the Bears — the fifth straight contest in which she has scored over 10 points.

The freshman converted 83 percent of her free throws over the two-game stretch last weekend, a much-needed boost for a Penn squad that has converted only 66 percent of its shots from the charity stripe this season.

Now sporting an average of 7.7 points and 6.2 rebounds on the season, Nwokedi will look to stay in a groove as the Quakers welcome Harvard and Dartmouth to the Palestra this weekend.

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