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PHILADELPHIA - Tuesday’s season finale against Princeton (21-6, 12-1 Ivy) marks Senior Day for captains Katie Davis and Brianna Bradford. They are the only class in program history to increase their win total every year of their career. The game is also the first of a doubleheader with the men at The Palestra. The women (16-11, 9-4 Ivy) tip at 5 p.m., and the men begin at 7:30 p.m. Both games can be seen on the Penn Sports Network.
Catching the Games
Video and live stats will be available on the Penn Sports Network at PennAthletics.com. Twitter (@PennWBB) updates are also available throughout the contest. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
In the Series vs. Princeton
The Penn-Princeton series dates back to 1974. Princeton has won the last nine meetings overall and four straight over the Quakers at The Palestra—Penn’s last win in the series was an 85-78 triumph in the 2008 season finale. The Tigers also won the first eight meetings and own a 50-23 all-time edge in 73 games against the Quakers. Princeton is the only Ivy opponent Coach McLaughlin has yet to beat.
About the Tigers
Princeton clinched its fourth straight Ivy League title with two wins last week. They are two games in front of Harvard and three ahead of Penn heading into the season finale. The Tigers lead the Ivy League in scoring (72.6 ppg) and are just ahead of the Quakers in defense (53.1 ppg). Princeton is also tops in the league in rebounding, steals and field goal percentage defense. The Tigers are second behind Penn with the league's best turnover margin. Niveen Rasheed leads the league with 17.1 points per game and steals with 2.7 per game. She is second in rebounding with 9.2 rebounds per game. Michelle Miller is fourth in the league in three-point percentage (39.5%). Mariah Smith has a team-high 21 blocks.
Road to a Postseason Berth In the Ivy League, the top two teams automatically qualify for the postseason. The first-place team receives the bid to the NCAA Tournament and the second-place finisher automatically qualifies for the WNIT. Regardless of Tuesday's outcome, Penn will finish in third place. That means the Quakers will wait to hear if they receive an at-large berth to the WNIT or WBI on March 18. Penn has only been to the postseason twice in the 42 previous seasons as a varsity program. The Quakers made the NCAA Tournament as Ivy League champions in 2000-01 and 2003-04.
Senior Day—THANK YOU BRI AND KATIE!
Today, the Quakers honor two senior captains playing in their final regular season game at The Palestra—Brianna Bradford and Katie Davis. Bri has played more than 1,200 minutes in a Red and Blue uniform and scored nearly 400 points. Recently, in her 100th career game as a Quaker, Bri scored a career high 17 points to lead Penn to a win at Dartmouth. Katie has played in more than 50 games with the Quakers. In her 17 appearances this season, Penn is 12-5. She was a member of the largest single-season turnaround in school history as a sophomore and the program’s best-ever 10-game start as a junior. She and Bri are the first class in program history to increase their win total every year of their career.
Magic Number: 60
The statistic that may most indicate a Penn win or loss? 60 points. Since head coach Mike McLaughlin took over at Penn, the Quakers are 27-7 (.794) when they score 60 points, including 9-2 this year (only losses were 68-65 to Virginia of the ACC and Saturday to Yale). In comparison, the Quakers are just 15-62 (.195) when they’ve scored less than 60 points under Coach McLaughlin. The trend continues defensively. Over the last four seasons, the Red and Blue are 8-41 (.163) when allowing more than 60 points. But when holding opponents under that number, the Quakers hold a winning record of 34-28 (.548), including eight straight wins.
At least one freshman has been in the starting lineup for the Quakers in 80 of the last 83 games ... Penn is 14-7 in its last 21 Ivy games ... Penn is 13-2 when leading at the half and 3-9 when trailing ... The Quakers have had fewer turnovers than their opponents in a remarkable 23 of 27 games this season (15-8 in those games) ... The Quakers have outrebounded their opponent just nine times this year, but are 9-0 in those games ... Penn has used the same starting lineup in 24 straight games (16-8) ... Alyssa Baron has started 83 consecutive games for the Quakers ... Three different Quakers have scored more than 20 points in a game this season (Baron, Roche, Ray) and senior captain Brianna Bradford had 17 in a recent win at Dartmouth.
In 2009-10, Penn won just two games—the fewest wins in program history. Now, just three seasons later, the Quakers are currently in the midst of the fourth-best season in program history. Penn posted seven or more out-of-conference wins in back-to-back seasons for just the second time in program history (1999-00, 2000-01)—and those seven non-league wins are tied for fourth-most all-time at Penn. The winning ways continued into league play where the Quakers can reach double-digit league wins tonight for just the fourth time in school history.
Climbing the Record Books
Junior Alyssa Baron moved up another spot on Penn’s all-time scoring list over the weekend. She is now the fourth-best scorer in program history. She combined for 32 more points against Brown and Yale and now has 1,318 for her career. Next season, Baron will chase Kirsten Brendel (1,656 points) for third place and Jewel Clark (1,743) for second. Clark is also 10th all-time in scoring in Ivy history. Former Quaker, Diana Caramanico holds the Ivy League scoring record at 2,415 points. 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 Biemer topped the landmark in 2008. Only Penn’s all-time leading scorer (man or woman), Caramanico (48 games) and Mandy West (52 games) were faster to 1,000 points.
A Penn Win Would...
... mark just the fourth 17-win season and 10-win Ivy season in Penn history.
... break a nine-game skid to Princeton.
... make the Quakers 6-1 at home against the Ivy League this year.
... make the Quakers 17-11 overall and 10-4 in Ivy play.
A Penn Loss Would...
... be the first back-to-back Ivy losses this season.
... make the Quakers 16-12 overall and 9-5 in Ivy play.
... be less good than two wins.
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 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of America, but the team is turning to its fans to lend a hand in its efforts. Here is how you can help!
|CHARGE FOR A CURE!
Last Time Out
In the final Ivy weekend of the season, Penn split two games at The Palestra with a win over Brown and a loss at Yale. In the win on Friday, junior Courtney Wilson recorded her first career double-double and was one of four Quakers in double figures to Penn past Brown, 60-48. Penn led by five before Katy Allen hit a three to end the half with the Quakers up eight. Penn pulled away early in the second half with a 14-2 run for a 20-point lead and held off a late rally from Brown that saw the Bears creep to within seven in the final minutes. On Saturday, a 19-point deficit was down to just two with under a minute to play, but Penn couldn't complete the comeback and fell to Yale, 70-65. Alyssa Baron had a team-high 22 points and sophomore Kara Bonenberger recorded her third career double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Penn will find out if it’s postseason bound for the first time since 2003-04 and the third time in program history. Penn is on the bubble for two postseason tournaments. The Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) and the Women's NIT. The brackets will be announced late Monday night, March 18, following the NCAA Tournament selections.