January 17, 2011

Graf Named Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week

Wins First Player of the Week Honor and Third Rookie Honor In Four Weeks

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After leading the Yale University women's basketball team to victory over Brown in the Ivy League opener, freshman forward Janna Graf has earned recognition from the Ivy League for the third time in four weeks for her efforts.

Graf (Mission Wood, Kan./Shawnee Mission E.) scored a career-high 26 points in Yale's 66-54 win over Brown on Friday. She also had four rebounds and a pair of assists in the victory. On Monday afternoon, the Ivy League announced that it named Graf as its Player of the Week and its Rookie of the Week for her stellar effort. It is the first Player of the Week honor of her career at Yale and her third Rookie of the Week honor in the last four weeks.

Graf is the first women's basketball player to earn both honors in the same week since Princeton senior Addie Micir won both awards in her freshman season on Jan. 14, 2008. Graf is also the first Yale player to accomplish the feat since freshman forward Erica Davis and Dartmouth freshman Elise Morrison both were named Co-Player of the Week and Co-Rookie of the Week on Jan. 12, 2004.

Against Brown, Graf broke her previous high of 22 points, which she set in Yale's historic win over then-No. 15/14 Florida State on Dec. 18. Although she was 10-for-17 overall against the Bears on Friday, she was a stellar 5-for-7 in the second half, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Yale (5-10, 1-0 Ivy League) used an 18-3 run over a 5:56 span late in the second half to break the game open against Brown (4-11, 0-1). Graf opened and closed the run with a 3-pointer and scored 10 of Yale's 18 points in the run.

Not to be overlooked in her effort against Brown is Yale's senior forward Mady Gobrecht, who tallied 11 points, a career-high 14 rebounds, four blocked shots, two assists, and two steals in the win over the Bears. Her efforts earned her a spot on the Ivy League's weekly honor roll.

After missing the first three games of the season with mononucleosis, Graf has averaged 14.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in the seven games since her breakout game against Florida State.

"I'm glad Janna got over her mono," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "I think she will continue to improve her overall game as we continue this season. Even though she missed nearly all of the preseason and the first three games of the season, Janna has become an integral part of our team even though she is only a freshman."

For the season, Graf is Yale's third-leading scorer, with an average of 9.9 points per game in the 12 games in which she has played. She has earned the start in Yale's last nine games. She is also the third-leading rebounder on the team with an average of 5.0 rebounds per game. She is shooting 42.9 percent (48-for-112) from the floor, 33.3 percent (15-for-45) from 3-point range, and 50.0 percent (8-for-16) from the free-throw line.

Yale is off until Friday, Jan. 21, when it visits Brown to close the home-and-home series. The game will tip off at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity