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Big 5 announces women's basketball award winners

March 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Alyssa Baron, Sydney Stipanovich, and head coach Mike McLaughlin, all representing the Ivy League champion Penn Quakers, were named the 2013-2014 Big 5 Player, Rookie, and Coach of the year, respectively.  They will be honored as part of the annual Big 5 postseason banquet on April 14 at the Palestra.

Joining Baron on the All-Big 5 first team are Villanova’s Devon Kane, La Salle’s Alicia Cropper, and Natasha Cloud and Erin Shields of Saint Joseph’s.  The second team includes Feyonda Fitzgerald of Temple, Kara Bonenberger of Penn, Sarah Fairbanks of Saint Joseph’s, and Caroline Coyer and Emily Leer, both of Villanova.

McLaughlin led the Quakers to their first Ivy League title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years.  His squad finished the regular season at 22-6 and went 2-2 in Big 5 action.

Shields was the Big 5’s leading scorer and for the second straight year was the series’ top foul shooter.  She averaged 14.9 points per game and connected on 94.9% of her free throws.

Shields also was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year and Fairbanks the Most Improved Player.

Tickets for the Big 5 Banquet are $50 each can be reserved by contacting Steve Crider at 814-935-5015 or at


Alyssa Baron (Penn)
Natasha Cloud (Saint Joseph’s)
Alicia Cropper (La Salle)
Devon Kane (Villanova)
Erin Shields (Saint Joseph’s)


Kara Bonenberger (Penn)
Caroline Coyer (Villanova)
Sarah Fairbanks (Saint Joseph’s)
Feyonda Fitzgerald (Temple)
Emily Leer (Villanova)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alyssa Baron (Penn)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Sydney Stipanovich (Penn)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike McLaughlin (Penn)

TEAM CHAMPION: Saint Joseph’s Hawks

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Sarah Fairbanks (Saint Joseph’s)

SCHOLAR ATHLETE: Erin Shields (Saint Joseph’s)

LEADING SCORER: Erin Shields (Saint Joseph’s)

LEADING FREE THROW SHOOTER: Erin Shields (Saint Joseph’s)

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