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Simpson, Berkowitz Earn Postseason Ivy Recognition

Tamara Simpson and Jen Berkowitz (Steve Musco photo)
Tamara Simpson and Jen Berkowitz (Steve Musco photo)

Simpson Selected Defensive Player Of Year; Berkowitz Selected Honorable Mention

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Juniors Tamara Simpson and Jen Berkowitz have earned All-Ivy recognition. Simpson was named 2016-17 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year while Berkowitz was an All-Ivy honorable mention.

Simpson broke Yale's career steals record in February, and her 232 steals in three seasons are now 21 more than Yale's previous career record of 211. She led the Ivy League with 79 steals this season (2.9 per game). The next closest player was Brown's Shayna Mehta, who recorded 50 steals (1.9 per game).

Berkowitz led the Bulldogs in scoring (13.4 points per game), rebounding (6.9 per game), and blocks (0.9 per game). She was twice named Ivy League Player of the Week, once in November and again in February. She shared the distinction on Feb. 27 with Penn's Michelle Nwokedi, the Ivy League Player of the Year. Berkowitz scored a career-high 26 points in Yale's win over first-place Penn on Feb. 18, and she tied that mark in Yale's ensuing game, a win over Harvard on Feb. 24.

Yale finished the season sixth in the Ivy League at 15-12 (6-8 Ivy), 1 game out of the fourth and final spot in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament.

2016-17 All-Ivy League Women's Basketball Team

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michelle Nwokedi, Penn (Jr., F – Missouri City, Texas)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Bella Alarie, Princeton (Fr., G/F – Bethesda, Md.)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tamara Simpson, Yale (Jr., G – North Babylon, N.Y.)

COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike McLaughlin, Penn

FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY
Bella Alarie, Princeton (Fr., G/F – Bethesda, Md.)
Katie Benzan, Harvard (Fr., G – Wellesley, Mass.)
Nia Marshall, Cornell (Sr., F – Macedonia, Ohio)
*Michelle Nwokedi, Penn (Jr., F – Missouri City, Texas)
*Camille Zimmerman, Columbia (Jr., G/F – Tempe, Ariz.)

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY
Justine Gaziano, Brown (Fr., G – Natick, Mass.)
Shayna Mehta, Brown (So., G – San Francisco)
Leslie Robinson, Princeton (Jr., F – Corvallis, Ore.)
Anna Ross, Penn (Jr., G – Syracuse, N.Y.)
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn (Sr., C – St. Louis)

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Jen Berkowitz, Yale (Jr., F – Wayland, Mass.)
Megan LeDuc, Cornell (Sr., G – Vienna, Va.)
Kate Letkewicz, Dartmouth (Jr., G – Waterloo, Iowa)
Destiny Nunley, Harvard (Sr., F – North Richland Hills, Texas)

 *-unanimous selection

Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity