PHILADELPHIA - Two last-minute road wins against two of the top teams in the league give the Quakers (13-14, 6-7 Ivy) momentum heading into a similar situation in the season finale. But this road contest is a matchup with the league's best team. Princeton (23-4, 13-0 Ivy), riding a 16-game winning streak, has clinched a berth in the NCAA Tournament and is looking to finish the Ivy season unbeaten.
Catching the Games
Though it is a road 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. Princeton
Princeton has won the last seven meetings overall and six straight at Jadwin Gym. Penn’s last win in the series was an 85-78 triumph in the 2008 season finale. The Quakers last won in Princeton on Feb. 1, 2005—a 61-59 win in the only double overtime game in the history of the series. The Penn-Princeton series dates back to 1974. The Tigers also won the first eight meetings and own a 48-23 all-time edge in 71 games against the Quakers. Penn is just 10-23 inside Jadwin Gym. Princeton is one of two Ivy teams Coach McLaughlin has yet to beat (Harvard).
About the Tigers
Princeton has won 16 straight games and remains unbeaten in league play. All 13 of Princeton’s league wins have come by double digits, including an 83-48 win over the Quakers at The Palestra on Jan. 7. The TIgers have the top offensive and defensive team in the Ivy League. They score 72.1 points per game and hold opponents at an average of 53.2. Princeton ranks first in field goal percentage (.428), field goal percentage defense (.357), rebounding (+11.9) and steals (7.7). Niveen Rasheed leads the league in scoring (17.0). Lauren Edwards is the only other Tiger in double figures at 11.5 points per game. Rasheed also leads the league in rebounding (9.0) and steals (2.5). Devona Allgood has a league-best shooting percentage of 48.1. Lauren Polansky is third in the Ivies in steals with 61. Edwards is the team’s top three-point shooter at 37.0 percent and has a team-high 24 blocks.
Last weekend’s wins at Brown and Yale marked Penn’s first Ivy road sweep since defeating those same two schools in 2007 ... It was the first time since 1991—before many Penn players were even born—that the Quakers swept this version of the Yale-Brown trip (Brown on Friday and Yale on Saturday) ... The Penn men and women both swept the same weekend for the first time since 2008. The women beat Brown (2/13) and Yale (2/14) at The Palestra and the men beat both those schools on the road.
Win Totals Notables
Penn’s 13 wins are 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 ... The Quakers have won four of five Ivy League contests for the first time since 2007 ... At 5-2, this is the best seven-game Ivy stretch for any Penn team since 2004-05 ... Penn has clinched its first winning season in Ivy road games since the 2004-05 team went 5-2 ... Penn’s six Ivy wins are the most since 2008-09.
Player of the Week
In the first road sweep in five years sophomore Alyssa Baron had the game-clinching free throws at Brown and the game-winning basket at Yale. On Monday, the league office honored her as the Co-Ivy League Player of the Week. It marked Baron's fourth Ivy Player of the Week award this season and sixth of her career. In addition to her seven selections as the league's Rookie of the Week last season, the Miam, Fla., native has earned 13 career weekly Ivy accolades.
Baron trails Princeton’s Niveen Rasheed by six 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. She has 454 points this season for an average of16.8 per game. Last season, she finished with 464 points for an average of 16.6 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 will lead the league in minutes played this season. She is six minutes away from eclipsing 1,000 this year (36.8/game).
A freshman or sophomore has led the team in scoring in 33 of the last 34 games ... Penn has had a freshman in its starting lineup for in 55 straight games ... Jess Knapp has led the team in rebounding in seven of her nine starts since returning from injury ... Sophomore has scored 20 or more points in four of the last five games ... Prior to two close road wins last weekend, in the previous 10 Ivy victories under Coach McLaughlin, the Quakers did not allowe more than 55 points in regulation and won each by at least 10 points (avg. margin of victory was 16.3 ppg).
Watching the Record Books
Senior has now moved into sole possession of fourth place in the school record book with a total of 96 career blocks. She passed Big 5 Hall of Famer Jewel Clark (2001-04), who had 82 during her time in the Red and Blue. Knapp had 40 blocks in 2009-10 - fifth-most in a single-season in school history. She then had 38 blocks last season (sixth in school history). She is just four shy of becoming the fourth player in the history of the program with 100 career blocks.
A Penn Win Would...
... be the first win at Jadwin Gym in seven years.
... mark the first three-game Ivy road win streak since 2004-05.
... mark the first .500 season in Ivy play since 2006-07 and the first overall since 2004-05.
... make the Quakers 14-14 overall and 7-7 in Ivy play.
A Penn Loss Would...
... mark an eight-game losing streak to Princeton.
... make the Quakers 13-15 overall and 6-8 in Ivy play.
... be less good than two wins.
Charge for a Cure!
March: Michael J. Fox Foundation
The women's basketball team is again dedicating its entire season to the fight against several diseases and the team needs your help. Last season, the team started an initiative which they have coined the "Charge for a Cure" program. The team raised more than $4,000 through the initiative last year. Each month of the season will be devoted to help a specific disease with personal ties to the program - American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, Luekemia and Lymphoma Society, the ALS Foundation, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. 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. For more information and to donate to "Charge for a Cure," click here.
FOR A CURE!
Last Time Out
Penn swept an Ivy road trip for the first time since 2007 with two last-minute wins. On Friday at Brown, Penn led for all but 19 seconds but never by more than eight in the second half. Brown missed the go-ahead three with 38 seconds left. then calmly hit both free throws. A layup by the Bears with 12 seconds left closed the gap to 68-66, but hit both of her free throws. Baron then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and the Quakers left Providence with a victory. On Saturday, Yale held a 4-3 lead for all of 36 seconds. Penn, who led by as many as 14 in the second half, did not trail again until a 9-0 Yale run gave put the Bulldogs ahead, 58-57, with 3:10 to play. Yale never scored again. Baron drove the lane and found the bottom of the net on a floater for a 59-58 advantage with 2:37 left. After a defensive stop. Freshman Jackie Kates, who had a game-high 13 points, let the shot clock wind down, then beat her defender and had an open lane in front of her. She connected and the Quakers led by three with 1:45 to play. Penn got two more stops, but the Bulldogs still had one last chance. Their three fell short with three seconds left and Knapp corralled the rebound to seal the game and the sweep.
Tuesday’s game marks the end of the 2011-12 campaign for the Quakers. Penn will look ahead to the 2012-13 season in hopes of improving upon its record for the third straight season under head coach Mike McLaughlin.