January 10, 2011

Graf Named Ivy League's Rookie of the Week

Wins Second Rookie Honor In Three Weeks After Strong Performance At Army

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After leading the Yale University women's basketball team on the stat sheet in its only game of the week, freshman forward Janna Graf (Mission Wood, Kan./Shawnee Mission E.) has earned recognition from the Ivy League for her performance.

Graf scored team-high 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting, grabbed six rebounds, and tallied three steals in a 63-56 loss to Army on Sunday. Despite the loss, the performance earned Graf recognition as the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week. It is the second time in three weeks that Graf has earned Rookie of the Week honors.

It is also the second straight season that Yale has had a freshman player win multiple Rookie of the Week honors. Sophomore point guard Megan Vasquez earned three Rookie of the Week awards last season, a season in which she led Yale in points (11.5 ppg.), assists (2.3 apg.) and steals (41).

Princeton senior guard Addie Micir was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week. The Ivy League also recognized Yale senior forward Mady Gobrecht for her play in Sunday's game. Gobrecht scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half to go along with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks against Army to earn a place on the Ivy League's weekly Honor Roll.

Graf scored nine of her points in the second half of Sunday's loss to Army, helping the Bulldogs (4-10) rally twice in the second half to get within two possessions each time. The 17 points is the second-highest scoring effort of the season for Graf.

After missing the first three games of the season with mononucleosis, Graf has averaged 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game since scoring a career-high 22 points against Florida State.

After leading Yale to a pair of wins over Quinnipiac and then-No. 15/14 Florida State, the program's first-ever win over a nationally ranked opponent, Graf was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week for the week of Dec. 23, 2010. Yale swept the awards that week when Michelle Cashen was that week's Player of the Week and Vasquez earned a place on the Honor Roll.

For the season, Graf is Yale's fourth-leading scorer, with an average of 8.5 points per game in the 11 games in which she has played. She has earned the start in Yale's last eight games. She is also the second-leading rebounder with 5.1 rebounds per game. She is shooting 40.0 percent (38-for-95) from the floor, 27.3 percent (9-for-33) from 3-point range, and 50.0 percent (8-for-16) from the free-throw line.

Yale is off until Friday, Jan. 14, when Ivy League play tips off against Brown at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the YES Network as part of its three-game Yale on YES winter package, which also includes men's hockey (Feb. 5 vs. Dartmouth) and men's basketball (Feb. 18 vs. Princeton).

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity