Sawyer, Dingle capture weekly conference awards

Sawyer, of the women’s basketball team, has been selected Ivy League Rookie of the Week, and Dingle, of the men’s basketball team, earned Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row.

A pair of action shots show Dingle's body dipping while driving to the basket and Padilla holding the ball up in the air while the Temple players try to block it.
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First-year guard Simone Sawyer of the women’s basketball team has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, and third-year guard Jordan Dingle of the men’s basketball team has been chosen Ivy Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Sawyer, from Lincolnshire, Illinois, averaged 18 points per game across Penn’s two wins versus La Salle and Stony Brook.

She had 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the Quakers’ 72-59 win over the Explorers on Nov. 29 in Ogontz. She played 37 minutes and was 9-18 from the field, 2-8 from behind the arc, and 4-6 from the foul line.

=Two days later against the Seawolves at the Palestra, she had 12 points, one rebound, and one assists in the Red & Blue’s 73-53 victory. In 28 minutes, she was 4-11 from the field, 3-7 from the three-point line, and 1-2 from the foul line.

Dingle, from Valley Stream, New York, averaged 32.5 points per game in Penn’s two nailbiter losses to Big 5 foes Saint Joseph’s and La Salle.

Against the Hawks on Nov. 30 at the Palestra, he had 28 points, three rebounds, and two assists in the Quakers’ 85-80 overtime defeat. He played 40 minutes and shot 11-25 from the field, 3-10 from behind the arc, and 3-5 from the charity stripe.

In the Red & Blue’s 84-81 overtime loss to the Explorers on Dec. 3 at the Palestra, Dingle scored 37 points—the most points by a Quaker in 29 years. He shot 12-22 from the field, 6-12 from the three-point line, and 7-8 from the foul line. He also added five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

Dingle, whose 23.4 points per game is tops in the Ivy League, has seven 30-point games in his Penn career, tied for fourth all-time in school history with Stan Pawlak.

Next up for the women’s basketball team is St. Francis Brooklyn on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Palestra. The men’s team takes on Villanova on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at Villanova.