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PHILADELPHIA - Its a tall order for the Quakers (0-1) in their 2012-13 home opener as they host Virginia (1-0) of the ACC. The Cavaliers are just outside the AP Top 25 and will make their first-ever visit to The Palestra on Monday. Tip off is at 7 p.m.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available on the Penn Sports Network (PSN) at PennAthletics.com. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.
In the Series vs. Virginia
Virginia has won all three meetings between these programs. The last time the Quakers and Cavaliers met was Jan. 16, 2010. The Red and Blue dropped a close matchup in Charlottesville, Va., 54-45. All three games have been hosted by Virginia, which means this will be the Cavaliers’ first-ever trip to the historic Palestra.
With the loss to Norfolk State on the road Friday, the Quakers are now 23-20 all-time in season openers. Under head coach Mike McLaughlin, Penn is now 2-2 to start the season. This is the first time since the 2009-10 season in which the Red and Blue did not start 1-0.
Against the ACC
The Quakers will be looking for their first-ever win over an ACC opponent. Overall, the Red and Blue are 0-9 against the powerhouse conference. In addition to the 0-3 mark against Virginia, Penn has losses to Duke and Wake Forest, and two losses apiece to Georgia Tech and Maryland.
A freshman or sophomore has led the team in scoring in 34 of the last 36 games ... Until Friday's opener, Penn 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.
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.
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
Norfolk State had the last four points of the first half and led 26-17 at the break. The Spartans quickly jumped out to a 30-19 lead to start the second half. But the Quakers showed some early-season resiliency on the road. Baron drained a three from the wing and capped a 14-4 run and had the Quakers within 34-33 at the 13:45 mark. Over the next five minutes, Norfolk State built its lead back to double digits, 46-36. But Penn came back once again. The Quakers started to chip away at the deficit when Baron hit a jumper and Ray turned a steal into a layup. Sophomore Katy Allen sliced through the defense for a layup and when Baron added another two points, Penn was down just 48-45 with 6:02 to go. Sophomore Kara Bonenberger's layup with 1:45 to go moved momentum into Penn's favor and the deficit to 52-49, but Norfolk State held on with several free throws down the stretch.
Penn has a little more time than the two days it had to prepare for Virginia. The Quakers don't play again until Sunday when they head to West Point, N.Y. Tip off against Army is at 1 p.m. This is the second trip to Army in the last three seasons and the third straight season the Quakers have faced the Black Knights. The team's split the last two meetings with the home team claiming victory each time.