Ogbevire earns Ivy Rookie of the Week honors

The first-year guard scored 16 points off the bench in Penn’s 67-54 loss to No. 25-ranked Princeton on Saturday.

Ese Ogbevire dribbles past a Princeton defender on her way to the basket at the Palestra.
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Suiting up for her first game against archrival Princeton on Saturday at the Palestra, first-year guard Ese Ogbevire of the women’s basketball team brought her A game.

Although the Quakers lost 67-54, Ogbevire—off the bench—scored a career-high 16 points and has been awarded Ivy League Rookie of the Week recognition. In 23 minutes, she shot 5-9 from the field, 3-4 from the three-point line, and 3-4 from the foul line. She also grabbed two rebounds.

A native of Katy, Texas, Ogbevire has started five games this season, and has seen action in 20 of 21 games. Her previous scoring high was 12 points in the Red & Blue’s 79-66 loss to Columbia on Jan. 6 in New York City.

For the season, Ogbevire is averaging 4.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per outing. She is shooting .477 from the field, .400 from behind the arc, and .621 from the foul line. She ranks second on the team in field goal percentage and first in three-point percentage (among players with more than two attempts.)

Penn is 11-10 overall and currently sits at fifth place in the Ivy League with a 3-5 conference record. They have six games remaining in the regular season, all against Ivy opponents. This weekend, they battled sixth-place Yale (6-15 overall, 3-5 in Ivy) on Friday in Connecticut, and fourth-place Brown (13-8 overall, 4-4 in Ivy) on Saturday in Rhode Island.

The Quakers lost to Yale 74-68 in overtime on Feb. 3, and beat Brown the day before 77-56. Both games were played at the Palestra.