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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.


Men’s Honor Roll

  • Jordan Price (Sr., G) averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists during the week for La Salle. He had 18 points in the Explorers’ Big 5 win over Saint Joseph’s on Saturday.


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

  • Amy Griffin (Jr., F) averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists for La Salle. She had a season-high 28 points against Saint Louis on Wednesday and followed that up with five points, seven rebounds and seven assists against UMass on Sunday.
  • Sydney Stipanovich (Sr., C) of Penn became the all-time Ivy League career leader in blocks, when she tallied her 306th block against Yale on Saturday. Stipanovich broke the record which had stood for 26 years. Columbia’s Kathy Gilbert had previously held the record with 305 blocks, and that was last set in 1991. Stipanovich has started in all 22 games for Penn on the year, and she is averaging an impressive 11.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

  • Adrianna Hahn (So., G) scored a career-high 33 points for Villanova in the team’s double overtime win against Xavier on Friday. She was 10-for-21 from the floor and 7-for-14 from behind the arc. Hahn also had a good all-around game for the Wildcats in their overtime win against Butler, as she had eight points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. 

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