Stupendous shooting secures Sterba trifecta of praise

Junior guard Phoebe Sterba has been selected Player of the Week by the Ivy League, the Big 5, and the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Senior guard Phoebe Sterba prepares to shoot a shot at Notre Dame.

Phoebe Sterba, a junior guard on the women’s basketball team, has been on fire the last two games, shooting 60 percent from beyond the three-point line. The Ivy League, Big 5, and United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) have taken notice, each naming her Player of the Week. The conference honored her as Co-Player of the Week, she won the Big 5 recognition outright, and the USBWA feted her as its Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Week.

On Dec. 31 against Stetson, Sterba had 12 points, four assists, and three rebounds in Penn’s 75-53 victory. She shot 4-9 on field goals and 4-8 from three-point range in 27 minutes.

Sterba had a career high 21 points versus Princeton on Jan. 5, along with three rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in the Quakers’ 66-60, hard-fought win, and played 39 of the 40 minutes. She was 6-9 from the field, 5-7 from behind the arc, and 4-4 from the free throw line. All four of her decisive free throws came in the game’s final 15 seconds.

Across the two games, Sterba averaged 16.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.0 steals. She is only the second player in school history to be named National Player of the Week by the USBWA. 

The 9-2 Quakers have won five-straight games headed into Jan. 16’s matchup against Villanova at the Palestra.