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PHILADELPHIA - Brooklyn is at stake as the Quakers have a chance to sweep both Brooklyn opponents this week. The largest comeback in Ivy League history led to a win at Saint Francis Brooklyn on Wednesday and now the Quakers (3-3) head back to the New York City borough to take on LIU-Brooklyn (2-4) at the Wellness Center. Tip off is at 2 p.m. Sunday.
In the Series vs. LIU-Brooklyn
This will mark the first meeting between the Penn and LIU-Brooklyn programs. The Quakers just defeated St. Francis Brooklyn on Wednesday and improved to 5-1 against NEC opponents under fourth-year head coach Mike McLaughlin. That includes five straight wins dating back to a 12-point defeat to Mount St. Mary’s in Coach McLaughlin’s eighth game at the helm of the Red and Blue.
Notables from Penn’s 61-60 win at St. Francis Brooklyn on Wednesday:
- 19th largest comeback in NCAA history (18 points), and largest in Ivy League and school history
- 12th largest second-half comeback in NCAA history.
- Sophomore Kathleen Roche set school record with six threes in a half (all in second half comeback).
- Roche’s six three’s were one off the single-game record and fourth most all-time at Penn.
- Most three’s Penn has made in a game (10) and allowed in a game (13) under Coach McLaughlin.
- Most second-half points Penn has scored (42) under Coach McLaughlin.
- Largest halftime deficit overcome (14) under Coach McLaughlin.
- The 18-point deficit was the largest lead for any team in a Penn game this season.
Junior Alyssa Baron became the 19th Penn women’s player to reach 1,000 career points. She is the third-fastest Quaker to accomplish that milestone (60 games) and the first since Carrie Biemer topped the landmark in 2008. Only Penn’s all-time leading scorer (man or woman), Diana Caramanico (48 games) and Mandy West (52 games) were faster to 1,000 points. A two-time Ivy scoring champion, Baron became the first freshman in Ivy history to lead the league in scoring. She now has 1,019 points in her career, which ranks 17th all-time at Penn as she passed Beth Stegner (1980-83) in the win at St. Francis Brooklyn. She is now just five points behind Katarina Poulsen (1991-94) for 16th-place on Penn’s all-time scoring list and 26 points behind Jen Dorfmeister (1989-92) for 15th.
All six of Penn’s games have been decided by single digits, including four by five points or fewer, two by a single possession and one overtime game. Penn suffered three straight losses to start the season. But those came by a combined 17 points (average of 5.7 points per game). In two of those losses, Penn was within one possession and had the ball with under 10 seconds to play. Penn’s three straight wins have been by a combined 15 points (5.0 ppg). Last year, the Red and Blue were 5-5 in games decided by 10 points or less.
Penn has won seven of their last nine non-conference home games ... Four different Quakers have led the team in scoring this year, including three different players in the last three games ... Three different Quakers have scored more than 20 points in a game this season (Baron, Roche, Ray) ... Alyssa Baron has started 61 consecutive games for the Quakers ... Junior Meghan McCullough played in 59 straight games dating back to the 2010-11 season opener prior to missing the matchup with La Salle on Friday.
Penn Picked to Finish Fourth in Ivy League
After finishing last season in sixth place with a 6-8 Ivy League record, the Quakers were picked to finish fourth in the Ivy Preseason Media Poll. Last season, Penn was also picked to finish fourth in the Ivy League, but ended up finishing sixth for for the second season in a row.
A Penn Win Would...
... mark the first four-game winning streak since 2004-05.
... make the Quakers 4-3 on the year and 2-0 in Brooklyn.
A Penn Loss Would...
... be the first to LIU-Brooklyn.
... snap a five-game winning streak against NEC opponents.
... make the Quakers 3-4 on the year and 1-3 on the road.
... be less good than a win.
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 Go4theGoal 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
Junior Alyssa Baron capped the largest comeback in school history with the winning basket with 6.4 seconds left. Penn trailed by 18 with 7:29 to play, but finished with a 22-3 run, including the game’s final 15 points to win at St. Francis (N.Y.), 61-60, Wednesday night at the PPE Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The win tied for the 19th-largest comeback in NCAA history and the 12th-largest second-half comeback in NCAA history. It was the all-time largest comeback for an Ivy League team. Sophomore Kathleen Roche set a school record for threes in a half. All six of her treys (one off the Penn single-game record) came in the second half. St. Francis Brooklyn led 57-39 at the 7:29 mark. Penn made a quick 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 11, but the Terriers scored three straight and held a comfortable 60-46 lead with 5:17 remaining. They never scored again. Penn clawed within 60-54 with 2:05 left. The Quakers forced a turnover and Roche hit her sixth three of the half. After a defensive stop, Baron missed a three, but Ray was there with the rebound and a tough putback to close to within one, 60-59, with just 49 seconds to go. The Quakers forced yet another turnover and set up Baron’s game-winning drive and lay-up. St. Francis (N.Y.) had a chance to win it, but a baseline jumper came up short and the Penn bench erupted in celebration.
Its an extended break for the Quakers. And it is a well-deserved rest after four games in 10 days. Penn next takes the floor on Friday, Dec. 21 against Drexel. The 12-day rest leads into the Battle for 33rd Street as the Quakers take on their neighboor. The Quakers will walk to the visiting gym—the DAC is just a few blocks north of The Palestra. Tip is at 2 p.m. Penn’s next home game isn’t until Jan. 5 against Saint Joseph’s (2 p.m.).