PRINCETON, N.J. – After leading the Lions to a pair of wins to secure their first Ivy Madness berth, Columbia first-year guard Abbey Hsu has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. The league office announced its weekly honorees Monday afternoon.
Hsu’s latest Rookie of the Week selection is her fifth of the season, tying for the most by a single player in the Ivy League this season. She is one behind Columbia’s program record of six, accomplished by current sophomore Sienna Durr and all-time great Camille Zimmerman ‘18CC. Four of Hsu’s five rookie honors have come since the start of league play.
A native of Parkland, Florida who attended both Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Hsu averaged a team-best 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds to lead the Lions to road victories over Harvard and Dartmouth. Friday’s win gave Columbia its first season sweep over the Crimson in program history, while Saturday’s win in Hanover upped the team’s Ivy League winning streak to a program-record six consecutive games.
Hsu was instrumental in Friday’s 62-57 triumph in Cambridge, scoring 12 in the fourth quarter to lead the Lions back after trailing by as many as 10. The 5-11 guard’s biggest shots came in the biggest moments, including back-to-back threes to turn a 50-all tie into a 56-50 Lions lead with 2:17 remaining. The victory in Cambridge was Columbia’s first since 2009.
Saturday, Hsu recorded her first collegiate double-double with a game-high 17 points and career-high 12 rebounds as part of a 62-50 win at Dartmouth. She was 5-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from deep, and gave Columbia its largest lead of the night, 56-30, off a triple early in the fourth quarter.
Hsu leads the Ivy League in 3-point field goal percentage (.426), is top five in field goal percentage (.468) and top 10 in scoring (14.8). The rookie has been ever better since the start of league play, she ranks No. 1 in 3-point shooting (.458) and 3-pointers per game (3.7), as well as No. 3 in scoring (17.9) and field goal percentage (.472).
In the midst of one of its best seasons in its 34 years competing as a Div. I program, Columbia is 17-8 overall with an 8-4 mark in Ivy League play. The Lions enter the final weekend of the regular season tied with Penn (18-7, 8-4 Ivy) for second place in the league standings and will host both No. 21/23 Princeton (24-1, 12-0 Ivy) and the Quakers this weekend at Levien Gymnasium.