Ivy League applauds Padilla, Sawyer

Kayla Padilla of the women’s basketball team has been named Ivy League Player of the Week and teammate Simone Sawyer has been selected Ivy League Rookie of the Week.

Action shots of two players: Padilla shoots a shot against Harvard, and Sawyer dribbles to the hoop against Harvard
Fourth-year guard Kayla Padilla, left, and first-year guard Simone Sawyer. (Images: Penn Athletics)

The women’s basketball team moved into a tie for third place in the conference on Saturday by handling Harvard 70-64 at the Palestra. Fourth-year guard Kayla Padilla and first-year guard Simone Sawyer scored more than half of the Quakers’ points, and both have received weekly Ivy recognition.

Playing all 40 minutes, Padilla dropped a game-high 27 points. She shot 10-16 from the field, 4-5 from three-point range, and 3-5 from the foul line. She also had a season-high eight assists, two rebounds, and one steal.

Padilla is now ninth all-time in scoring in school history with 1,228 points (in only three years of play). She is also second all-time in program history in three-point field goals, six behind all-time leader Karen Habrukowich’s 196.

For the season, Padilla is averaging 16.8 points per game, third in the conference. She is second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.377), sixth in assists per game (3.7), first in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7), and second in minutes per game (35.0).

Sawyer had 15 points in the Red & Blue’s win over the Crimson, all on three-pointers. She played 37 minutes and shot 5-12 from behind the arc. She added two rebounds, one assist, and one block. Sawyer is averaging 8.0 points per game, fourth-best on the team. She has drained 39 three-pointers, second on the team behind Padilla’s 61.

The Quakers are 15-8 overall and 7-3 in the Ivy League headed into Friday’s contest against Yale (11-12 overall, 5-5 in Ivy League) in Connecticut, and Saturday’s matchup against Brown (10-12 overall, 3-7 in Ivy League) in Rhode Island.