Betley, Brunson, Fitzgerald and Franklyn Share Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week Honors
Feb. 20, 2017
Men’s Players of the Week
The Philadelphia Big 5 honored Ryan Betley (Fr., G) of Penn and Jalen Brunson (So., G) of Villanova as the Big 5 Men’s Co-Players of the Week. Betley scored 28 points on Friday against Brown and 12 points on Sunday against Yale to help Penn earn its first Ivy League road sweep for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Betley converted on six three-point attempts and dished out four assists against Brown, which were both career highs. Penn is currently tied for fourth place in the Ivy League standings, which would put them in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament March 11-12 at the Palestra.
Jalen Brunson (So., G) averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Wildcats. Brunson was 11-of-15 from the floor during the two games, and he posted a career-high 10 assists in Saturday’s 92-70 win at Seton Hall.
Women’s Player of the Week
The Philadelphia Big 5 honored Feyonda Fitzgerald (Sr., G) of Temple and Adashia Franklyn (Jr., F) of Saint Joseph’s as the Big 5 Women’s Co-Players of the Week. Fitzgerald led Temple to a 2-0 week, and the Owls now have a two-game lead for the second place spot in the conference. Fitzgerald averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 assists and 3.5 steals in wins over SMU and No. 22 USF. She was the leading scorer for the Owls with 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, in the game against USF. She also added seven assists and two steals in the game.
Franklyn also led her team to a 2-0 week, as Saint Joseph’s defeated VCU and Davidson. Franklyn had a double-double in each game, with 19 points and 10 rebounds against VCU and 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks against Davidson. She shot 48.1 percent from the field and averaged 33 minutes per game during the week.
Women’s Honor Roll