NEW YORK – Columbia junior women’s basketball player Tyler Simpson picked up honorable mention All-Ivy League honors, it was announced by the conference Friday. Simpson earned Ivy League distinction for the first time in her career.
Simpson became the crux of Columbia’s offensive efforts in the second half of the season. After averaging 8.2 points per game in the months of November and December, Simpson skyrocketed to the top of Columbia’s offense, averaging 14.2 points per game in the month of January, and an incredible 17.6 points per game average in February. She averaged 15.6 points per game against Ivy League opponents.
The Lawrenceville, N.J. native led the Lions in scoring in 12 of the 15 games played after January 1., including 10 of the team’s Ivy League contests. Since earning her first start of the season in December, Simpson started every one of Columbia’s last 17 games, and set new career highs in points (26), minutes (38), field goals made (9), field goals attempted (20), rebounds (10), free throws made (11) and free throws attempted (14).
Simpson scored in double figures in 16 of the last 17 games, including a career-high 26 points against Brown, February 10. That 26-point performance was the first time a Lion had scored more than 25 points in a game since Judie Lomax did it at Dartmouth on January 30, 2010.
Simpson finished the season with a team-high 12.6 ppg average, and shooting 45.6% from the field. She finished the season ranked seventh in the Ivy League in points per game, and fourth in the Ivy League in field goal percentage.
Princeton’s Naveen Rasheed was a unamimous choice for Player of the Year, while Yale first-year Sarah Halejian was named Rookie of the Year. The Tigers’ Lauren Polansky picked up Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight year.
Player of the Year
*Niveen Rasheed, Princeton, (Jr., F, Danville, Calif.)
Rookie of the Year
Sarah Halejian, Yale (Fr., G, Wyckoff, N.J.)
Defensive Player of the Year
Lauren Polansky, Princeton (Jr., G, Mill Valley, Calif.)
Brogan Berry, Harvard (Sr., G, Beavercreek, Ohio)
Christine Clark, Harvard (So., G, Tucson, Ariz.)
*Lauren Edwards, Princeton (Sr., G, Los Angeles)
*Niveen Rasheed, Princeton (Jr., F, Danville, Calif.)
Megan Vasquez, Yale (Jr., G, Merrick, N.Y.)
Sheila Dixon, Brown (Jr., G, Schenectady, N.Y.)
Faziah Steen, Dartmouth (Jr., G, Detroit)
Victoria Lippert, Harvard (Jr., G, San Diego)
Alyssa Baron, Penn (So., G, Miami)
Devona Allgood, Princeton (Sr., F, Huntersville, N.C.)
Honorable Mention All-Ivy
Hannah Passafuime, Brown (Sr., G, Soquel, Calif.)
Tyler Simpson, Columbia (Jr., G/F, Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell (So., G, Fairport, N.Y.)
Clare Fitzpatrick, Cornell (Jr., F, Southbury, Conn.)
Michelle Cashen, Yale (Sr., F, Belle Harbor, N.Y.)
* Unanimous Selection
Cal State Fullerton