Fagbenle Earns Ivy League Player of the Week Honors

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

Junior first Crimson player to eclipse 30-point plateau since 2009.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior forward Temi Fagbenle has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday, after averaging 21.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Crimson.

The London, England native became the first Harvard player since 2009 to eclipse the 30-point plateau, dropping 31 points and a game-high 18 rebounds at Columbia as head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith won her 514th career game to tie Princeton head coach Pete Carril for most wins by any Ancient Eight coach. Fagbenle shot 10-of-14 from the floor, scoring 23 of the Crimson's 26 points over the first 20 minutes. The junior was also a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe, the third-best performance in Crimson history.

On Friday at Cornell, Fagbenle scored 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting, adding seven boards.

This marks the fifth conference player of the week honor for Fagbenle and third this season. In 2012-13, Fagbenle tied the record for most Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards in a season, taking home the honor 10 times. 

Fagbenle and the rest of the Crimson will wrap up the regular season this weekend against Yale and Brown.