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PHILADELPHIA - Just off their first home loss since Nov. 12, the Quakers (6-5) will hope to rebound against Morgan State (4-9) on Tuesday. It is the first game of a Penn doubleheader at The Palestra. The women tip off at 5 p.m., while the Penn men take on Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. Anyone with a ticket to the men’s game can attend the women’s game for free.
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. Morgan State
This will mark the first all-time meeting for Penn against Morgan State. This is the fourth time this season the Quakers are meeting an opponent for the first time in program history. Penn fell to Norfolk State in their inaugural matchup, but defeated LIU Brooklyn and Alabama State in the first encounter with those programs. Against the MEAC, Penn is 0-3 all-time, including a loss at Norfolk State in the season opener.
Against the MEAC
In three games, Penn has never beaten a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). However, this is the first time a MEAC opponent has played the Quakers at The Palestra. Most recently, the Red and Blue fell to Norfolk State in the season opener, 60-51. Penn also has losses to Howard and Delaware State on neutral courts. The Quakers lost in the EAIAW postseason tournament to Howard, 77-59, on March 4, 1978. Then 25 years later, the Quakers fell in to Delaware State, 74-68, at the UMBC Retriever Classic in Baltimore, Md., on Nov. 23, 2003.
Trip to Iowa
In case you missed it, here's a video documenting Penn's trip to Iowa over the holiday break. The Quakers won both games at the Iowa State Cyclone Challenge in Ames and had a lot of fun in between:
Penn is 5-1 when leading at the half and 1-4 when trailing (only win was 18-point comeback at St. Francis Brooklyn) ... Penn has won seven of their last 10 non-conference home games ... In 11 games, sx different Quakers have led the team in scoring this year, including five different players in the last six games ... Penn is 6-2 with its current starting lineup of Baron, Ray, Roche, Allen and Bonenberger ... Kathleen Roche has multiple threes in three straight games ... Including ties, six different Quakers have led the team in rebounding in the first 10 games, including four different player in the last four games ... Three different Quakers have scored more than 20 points in a game this season (Baron, Roche, Ray) ... Alyssa Baron has started 67 consecutive games for the Quakers ... Junior Meghan McCullough played in 59 straight games dating back to the 2010-11 season opener prior to suffering a season-ending injury at Army (Nov. 18).
Climbing the Record Books
Junior Alyssa Baron became the 19th Penn women’s player to reach 1,000 career points on Nov. 30. 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 and now has 1,077 points in her career, which ranks 12th all-time at Penn. She is now just 14 points from reaching the top 10.
A Penn Win Would...
... mark seven wins in the last nine games.
... be the first ever over a MEAC opponent.
... make the Quakers 7-5 on the year.
A Penn Loss Would...
... be the second straight and drop the Quakers to 2-3 at home this season.
... mark four losses in four meetings against the MEAC.
... make the Quakers 6-6 on the year.
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 American Cancer Society, 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
For the second straight year, Penn held a second-half lead over Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s, but could not hold on down the stretch. The Quakers fell, 66-53, in Saturday’s matinee at The Palestra. The Quakers held a 33-32 lead with under 12 mintues to play, but Saint Joseph’s went on a 17-4 run and held off the Red and Blue from there. After trading baskets early, the Hawks went on a 14-5 spurt over the next five minutes to take a 20-12 lead at the 9:11 mark. Penn then held the visitors to just two baskets over the final nine minutes and forced 13 first-half turnovers, and the Quakers trailed by just three, 24-21, at intermission. Kara Bonenberger started the second half with a three-point play to tie the game at 24-24. Moments later, sophomore Kathleen Roche drained a three to cap a 17-6 Penn run and give the Quakers a 29-26 lead with 16:34 to play. Saint Joseph’s scored back-to-back buckets, but another Roche three - here third straight game with multiple triples - gave Penn a two-point edge. Then senior captain Brianna Bradford hit one of two from the charity stripe for a 33-32 advantage with 12:09 to play, but it was the last lead of the day for the Quakers. The Hawks went on their game-changing run and led by double digits for the last five minutes.
Its another doubleheader for the Penn men and women. And its the Ivy opener for both teams. Traditionally the Ivy League’s first game of the season, Penn and Princeton will matchup for a matinee at Jadwin Gym on Saturday. The women will tip off the Ivy season at 3:30 p.m. and the men will tip at 6 p.m.