Double trouble: Dingle, Padilla pick up weekly awards

Jordan Dingle of the men’s basketball team has been named Ivy League and Big 5 Player of the Week and Kayla Padilla of the women’s basketball team has been selected Ivy League Player of the Week.

Two action shots of backetball players on the court:  Jordan Dingle dribbles the ball up the court; Kayla Padilla, right, driving past a Columbia defender.
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In what seems like a routine announcement, basketball stars Jordan Dingle and Kayla Padilla have received weekly recognition for their sensational play.

A third-year guard on the men’s basketball team, Dingle has been named Ivy League and Big 5 Player of the Week. Padilla, a fourth-year guard on the women’s basketball team, has received conference Player of the Week honors.

Dingle, from Valley Stream, New York, averaged 27 points across two games versus Cornell and Columbia. Against the Big Red on Jan. 6 in Ithaca, New York, he had 21 points, one rebound, and three steals in Penn’s 88-69 loss. He shot 7-17 from the field and 7-9 from the foul line.

A day later versus the Lions in New York City, Dingle scored 33 points in the Quakers’ 84-55 blowout—his third 30-point game this season and ninth overall donning the Red & Blue. He added one rebound and one assist. He shot 11-17 from the field, 7-9 from behind the arc, and 4-5 from the foul line.

Four times this season, Dingle has been named Ivy League Player of the Week, the second-most in school history. He is the conference’s leading scorer, averaging 24.2 points per game, which ranks second in the country.

The women’s basketball team is on a nine-game winning streak, largely due to the play of Padilla, a fourth-year guard and team captain from Torrance, California. In Penn’s two wins last week against Cornell and Columbia, she averaged 24 points per game.

She scored a game-high 27 points in the Quakers’ 62-54 victory over the Big Red on Jan. 6 at the Palestra. She was 8-14 from the field, 3-8 from the three-point line, and 8-8 from the foul line. She added six rebounds, four assists, one block, and two steals.

Battling the Lions on Jan. 7 at the Palestra, Padilla had 21 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the Red & Blue’s 71-67 triumph. She shot 8-18 from the field, 3-9 from behind the arc, and 2-2 on free throws.

Padilla is the fourth-leading scorer in the conference, averaging 16.1 points per game. Twice this season, she has been awarded Ivy League Player of the Week honors.