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Saunders Earns Eighth Career Ivy League Player of the Week Honor

Saunders averaged 19.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg in wins against Boston College and Rice (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wesley Saunders has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week for a third time this season and eighth time in his career, conference officials announced Monday.

Saunders' eight total awards are the second most in conference history behind only Princeton's Ian Hummer and Brown's Earl Hunt who own the all-time mark with nine. Saunders' latest honor also ties him with Kyle Snowden '97 for the most by a member of the Crimson.

Saunders shares this week's player of the week honor with Columbia's Alex Rosenberg.

Harvard has now earned five player of the week honors in six weeks, with Saunders also garnering the award Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 and Siyani Chambers being recognized Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.

Saunders led Harvard at both ends of the court as the team extended its winning streak to nine with victories against Boston College and at Rice. The Los Angeles, Calif., native began with a 21-point effort against the Eagles on Wednesday, shooting 8-of-10 from the field to go with six rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks. At the defensive end Saunders was charged with guarding BC's Olivier Hanlon, who entered the game ranked 38th in the nation in scoring, and helped to hold him to 13 points on 3-of-12 shooting. At Rice on Saturday, the junior posted 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Saunders, who was a unanimous All-Ivy League first team pick a year ago, currently ranks in the Ancient Eight's top 10 in 10 categories; scoring (4th, 15.7 ppg), assists (2nd, 3.8 apg), steals (1st, 2.4 spg), blocks (7th, 0.9 bpg), field goal percentage (6th, 50.6 pct.), free throw percentage (7th, 79.2 pct.),  assist-to-turnover ratio (6th, 1.4), defensive rebounds (9th, 4.0), minutes (5th, 33.8 min.).

Harvard will return to the court Wednesday, Jan. 8 as it puts its win streak on the line at UConn. Tip off from Storrs, Conn., is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on ESPNU.