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PHILADELPHIA - On Friday, the Quakers head into their season-opener coming off a 2011-12 campaign in which they had their highest win total since 2004-05. Penn will be facing Norfolk State for the first time in program history and will look to start off the season with a non-conference victory on the road. Tip off is at 6 p.m., from Joseph Echols Hall.
Catching the Game
Live video and live stats will be available at NSUSpartans.com for the game. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
In the Series vs. Norfolk State
This will be the first meeting all-time between the Penn and Norfolk State women’s basketball programs. The Spartans are coming off a 12-17 season and a ninth-place finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) where they went 6-10.
Win Total Notables
Penn’s 13 wins in 2011-12 were the most since the 2004-05 season ... The Red and Blue exceeded their win total in back-to-back years for the first time since the 2002-03 and 2003-04 teams ... Penn had its first winning season in Ivy road games since the 2004-05 team went 5-2 ... Penn’s six Ivy wins were the most since 2008-09.
A freshman or sophomore has led the team in scoring in 34 of the last 35 games ... Penn has had a freshman in its starting lineup for in 56 straight games ... Junior Alyssa Baron has led Penn in scoring every season she’s worn the Red and Blue.
Junior Alyssa Baron 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 and is now a two-time Ivy scoring champ. 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 also led the league in minutes played this season with 1025 (36.6/game).
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.
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.
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.
A Familiar Face Joins Coaching Staff
Former Quaker guard Erin Power returns in 2012-13 as a volunteer assistant coach. Power start 49 games in her last two seasons, including 27 as a senior, her only year under McLaughlin. During that season Power led all Penn starters in field goal percentage, led her team in rebounds, assists and steals, and was second on the team in minutes played and blocked shots. That year she helped engineer the largest single-season turnaround in school history. Power graduated from Penn in 2011 with a degree in Health Sciences and is currently pursuing a Masters degree at Penn in the School of Social Policy and Practice.
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
Alyssa Baron won the Ivy League scoring title for the second straight year as Penn wrapped up a successful 2011-12 campaign. However, on the final day of the season, Princeton capped an undefeated Ivy campaign and topped Penn, 79-42, Tuesday night inside Jadwin Gym. Penn (13-15, 6-8 Ivy) finished the year with its highest win total since the 2004-05 season. Entering the game, Baron was six points behind Princeton’s Niveen Rasheed for the scoring title. Baron, a Miami, Fla., native, was the first freshman ever to lead the Ivy league in scoring. She won her second title in as many years with 18 points - aided on 10-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Rasheed had 10 for the game and finished two shy of Baron’s 474 points (16.9 per game). Princeton took quick control on its home floor with the first eight points of the game. It was a 15-5 deficit when the Quakers put an early scare into the unbeaten Tigers. Baron hit a pair free throws to pull Penn within 15-11 at the 9:08 mark. About 90 seconds later, Banks made another nice move under the basket and converted to get within 18-13. But Princeton scored 15 of the last 17 to take a 33-18 advantage into the break. It took the Quakers nearly 11 minutes to record their first field goal of the second half. By that time, Princeton led 60-26.
Following the season opener on the road against the Spartans, Penn will return home to The Palestra for its home opener against Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) powerhouse Virginia. Tip off will be at 7 p.m., as the Quakers take on a Cavaliers team that received 12 votes in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll. The last time Penn and Virginia met was Jan. 16, 2010. The Quakers dropped a close matchup in Charlottesville, Va., 54-45.