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PHILADELPHIA - A near-landmark victory over Virginia ended in heartbreaking defeat on Monday at The Palestra, but the Quakers (0-2) must rebound quickly with a tough road game at West Point set for Sunday. Tip off against Army (2-1) is at the newly-renovated Christl Arena at 1 p.m.
In the Series vs. Army
After an 11-year hiatus, these two programs have now met in each of the previous two seasons. They split those two encounters as the Quakers claimed victory, 70-60, at The Palestra last year and Army won at Christl Area in 2010, 53-44. Overall, Penn has won three of five meetings between these programs. Two of Penn’s three wins over Army have come at home, while the Quakers are just 1-2 in West Point, N.Y.
Junior Alyssa Baron is just 21 points from reaching 1,000 for her career. Only 18 Penn women have accomplished the feat and only three have reached that milestone prior to their senior season. Baron is a two-time Ivy League scoring champion. Last year, she edged Princeton’s Niveen Rasheed by two points for the 2011-12 Ivy League scoring title. Baron became the first freshman in the history of the league to lead the league in scoring in 2010-11. She had 474 points last season for an average of 16.9 per game. In the 2010-11 season, she finished with 454 points for an average of 16.8 per game. The last Ivy player to win back-to-back scoring titles was Princeton’s Meagan Cowher in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Baron would be the first Penn player to reach the 1,000-point threshold since Carrie Biemer did so in 2008.
Against the Patriot League
The Quakers have won their last three against Patriot League competition and will look to get to .500 all-time against the league under head coach Mike McLaughlin. Entering the game, the Quakers are 3-4 against Patriot League opponents under Coach McLaughlin, including 1-1 against Army.
Against the ACC
The Quakers were just a few minutes away from their first-ever win over an ACC opponent on Monday night. But the three-point loss moved the Red and Blue to 0-10 all-time against the powerhouse conference. In addition to the 0-4 mark against Virginia, Penn has losses to Duke and Wake Forest, and two losses apiece to Georgia Tech and Maryland. All but two of those games have been on the road. Georgia Tech is the only other ACC team to visit The Palestra. In another tight game, the Yellowjackets won, 67-59, on Dec. 19, 1982.
Penn has won six of their last eight non-conference home games ... Junior guard Alyssa Baron has led the team in scoring and rebounding in each of the first two games ... Baron has started 58 consecutive games for the Quakers ... The Quakers are 0-2 for the first time since 2009-10 ... Meghan McCullough and Baron have played in 58 straight games together dating back to the 2010-11 season opener.
A Penn Win Would...
... be the fourth all-time against Army.
... be the first in West Point since a 73-61 win on Jan. 26, 1999.
... be the fourth consecutive over a Patriot League opponent.
... bring them to .500 against the Patriot League under McLaughlin.
... be the first of the 2012-13 season.
... snap a six-game losing streak to non-conference opponents.
A Penn Loss Would...
... mark the first 0-3 start since 2009-10.
... mark the fourth straight dating back to 2011-12.
... be less good than a win.
Turning It Around
Penn was 2-26 just three seasons ago. However, last season ... The Quakers registered the best 10-game start in team history (7-3) ... Penn opened 5-0 at home for the first time since 2003-04 ... The Quakers set a program record with three overtime victories ... The Quakers won seven games before the month of January for the first time in the program’s 42-year history ... Penn’s seven non-conference wins rank tied for fourth-most all-time in school history ... Penn went through a stretch of 13 games without losing back-to-back games — the longest streak since 2003-04 (19 games) ... The Quakers won seven of nine games for the first time in seven years (2004-05) ... The Quakers swept an Ivy League road weekend for the first time in five years ... Penn posted back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 2003-04 and 2004-05.
2012 Team Captains
Seniors Brianna Bradford and Katie Davis and junior Alyssa Baron were named the 2012-13 tri-captains for Penn on Oct. 3. Bradford played in 27 of 28 games last year, averaging 10.6 minutes per game. After her sophomore year she was named Penn’s Co-Most Intangible Player. Davis saw action in nine games last season. Following a career-high 17 games played her sophomore year, she was named the team’s Most Dedicated Player. Baron led the Ivies in scoring her first two years as a Quaker and was the first-ever freshman to win the honor—she was also named Ivy League and Big 5 Rookie of the Year. She is a two-time All-Ivy recipient, a six-time Ivy Player of the Week and a three-time Big 5 Player of the Week.
Inside the Ivies
“Inside Ivy League Basketball,” a weekly online radio show dedicated to Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball, returns for its second season in 2012-13. Hosts Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer take an in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy League basketball. Episodes will run on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguebasketball) with every episode available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com. Check IvyLeagueSports.com each week for this season’s episode schedule and guest lineups. Follow the show on Facebook (Inside Ivy League Basketball) and Twitter (@insideivyhoops) for more information.
Charge for a Cure!
For the third straight year the women’s basketball team is dedicating its entire season to the fight against several diseases and the team needs your help. In its first two years, 109 donors have joined the “Charge for a Cure” program which helped the team raise nearly $7,000. Each month of the season will be devoted to help a specific disease with personal ties to the program—The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Go4theGoal, the American Cancer Society, The Dave Bryan Ride on Fund, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of America. At the end of each month, the coaches will total the number of offensive charges the Quakers have taken as a team and fans can pledge a donation per charge. This month the Quakers will be taking charges for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, but the team is turning to its fans to lend a hand in its efforts. Here is how you can help!
FOR A CURE!
Last Time Out - L, 68-65 vs. Virginia
The Quakers have some time off for the upcoming holiday. Its 12 days before they take the court against La Salle. But that sparks a busy stretch of four games in 10 days. Its the first of back-to-back home games. Tip off against the Explorers is a 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. Then on Monday, Dec. 3, the Red and Blue host Bucknell for the first time since 2000. That will also tip at 7 p.m. Then its a pair of games in New York City, the first against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Dec. 5 and the next against LIU on Dec. 9.