PHILADELPHIA - For Penn’s three seniors, it’s the final road trip of their careers. The Quakers cap the away schedule with a trip through the Empire State. The Red and Blue take on Columbia in New York City on Friday and then travel to Ithaca, N.Y., to meet Cornell on Saturday. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at GoColumbiaLions.com on Friday. Video and live stats are available at GoBigRed.com on Saturday. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.
In the Series vs. Columbia and Cornell
Penn topped both of these opponents just two weeks ago at The Palestra. In 50 all-time meetings with the Lions, Penn has won 33. But Columbia has claimed three of the last four at Levien Gymnasium and holds a 13-11 all-time advantage in that building. Against Cornell, Penn has won 48 of the 64 meetings. In each of the last three seasons, the season series was swept (by Cornell in 2008 and 2010, Penn in 2009). Penn won the first matchup this season with an 18-point victory on Feb. 11.
About the Lions
Yet to win a road game this year, the Lions are a much better team at home, going 5-6 at Levien Gymnasium this season, including 4-1 in league play. Columbia played one of the toughest non-conference slates in the league, and rank last among the Ivies in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage, but are fourth in the league in scoring at 55.7 points per game. and first in offensive rebounding On the defensive end, the Lions are last in the league in field goal defense and three-point defense, but are fourth in blocks and have an Ivy League-most 245 steals this season. Senior Kathleen Barry has a team-best 10.5 points per game, a league-best 7.0 rebounds per game and a team-high 2.1 steals per game. Lauren Dwyer is fifth in the league with 1.1 blocks per contest.
About the Big Red
Cornell has also yet to win on the road this year, but are nearly .500 at home (5-7). The Big Red have lost seven straight games after winning three of four. Cornell ranks last in the league in scoring with just 51.5 points per game, but boast the fourth-best defense in the Ivies, allowing just 63.0 points per contest. From behind the three-point line, the Big Red rank seventh offensively and defensively. Clare Fitzpatrick leads the Big Red with 11.3 points per game, while Allyson DiMagno has a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game. Freshman Stephanie Long ranks third in the conference with 3.17 assists per game in a team-high 31.3 minutes per game. Fitzpatrick leads the squad with 30 steals and Kristina Danielak leads with 18 blocks this season.
Chasing Ivy Records
With 10 wins this season, the Quakers set the school record for the largest one-year turnaround in program history and are now looking to move up in the Ivy record books. The Red and Blue won just two games in 2009-10, but has eight more wins than that through 23 games in 2010-11. That tops the 2006-07 team that won seven more games than the 2005-06 team to tie the school record set by the 1997-98 team. The largest one-year turnaround in Ivy history is 12 games by Harvard on two occassions. Only Harvard and Brown have ever posted turnarounds of 10 or more games.
More School Records
The current Quakers have posted three more Ivy wins than last season. The school record for the largest Ivy turnaround is plus-six, when the 1997-98 team rebounded from 2-12, to go 8-6 in the league. That team also holds the school standard for the biggest jump in the Ivy standings, going from eighth to fourth in one year. The 2010-11 Quakers are currently in fourth after finishing in eighth last season.
Last Meeting with Cornell/Columbia...Ivy Sweep Notables
It was Penn’s first Ivy weekend sweep since topping Cornell and Columbia at home on March 6-7, 2009 ... Penn held Cornell and Columbia to 17 or fewer points in three of the four halves ... Penn’s 18-point win over Cornell was its largest against the Big Red since an 83-64 win in Ithaca, N.Y., on Feb. 22, 1991 ... Penn’s 60-40 win over Columbia was its largest over the Lions in 11 years (79-43 at The Palestra on Jan. 28, 2000) ... The Big Red were held to 33 points—the fewest they’ve scored against Penn since 1981, when they posted 26 on Jan. 31 at The Palestra ... Columbia had just 40 points—it’s second-lowest output ever against the Quakers (39 on Feb. 24, 1995).
Top 15 in the Nation
Though the Quakers gave up 66 points in a loss to Yale Saturday—the most they’ve allowed at home all season—Penn held Brown to just 43 and moved up a spot to No. 13 in the nation in scoring defense. The Red and Blue are allowing just 53.7 points per game and only Princeton (1,213) has allowed fewer total points this season than Penn (1,235).
Penn has had the same starting lineup in 22 of 23 games (the Quakers had eight different starting lineups last season) ... In all five Ivy wins under Coach McLaughlin, the Quakers have not allowed more than 43 points and have won each by at least 12 points (avg. margin of victory is 16.6 ppg) ... Freshman Alyssa Baron has led the team in scoring in 18 games ... In all but on game, either Jess Knapp or Erin Power has led the team in rebounding ... Penn has lost the last 25 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points, but are 6-4 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring that many.
Charge for a Cure!
Fight Against Breast Cancer
The Penn women’s basketball team is dedicating its entire 2010-11 season in the fight against several diseases and they need your help. The team has started an initiative which they have coined the “Charge for a Cure” program. Each month of the season will be devoted to help a specific disease with personal ties to the program – ALS, Lupus, Parkinson’s Disease, Breast Cancer, and Cystic Fibrosis. 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 set the school record with the biggest one-year turnaround in program history on Friday, but split the weekend with a loss to Yale on Saturday. Against Brown on Friday, Penn maintained a small lead throughout the early going. It was extended to 21-13, but Brown scored the next 11 points and led 24-21 with 3:56 remaining until intermission. Penn took a one-point lead, 25-24, into the half. A 15-3 run gave the Quakers a 42-30 edge with 12:08 to play. The Bearswere never within single digits again. On Saturday, Yale’s defense tormented the Quakers from the start.Yale led by four, 13-9, at the 13:00 mark, but blew the game open. Yale went on a 13-2 run and built a 26-11 lead. Penn scored six of the final eight points of the half to pull within 28-17 at intermission.
Senior Jess Knapp had the first four points of the second half and the Quakers were within single digits again, 28-21. But that was as close as the Red and Blue would get. Yale poured in 13 of the game’s next 15 points and led 43-23 with 10:30 remaining. Yale’s lead grew to as many as 27 on multiple occasions. The Quakers pulled within 62-50 with just under three minutes left, but Yale won by 13.
The 2010-11 regular season comes to a close with three home games. Penn hosts Harvard on Friday night and then takes on Dartmouth on Senior Night on March 5. The season finale, as is tradition, is set for the following Tuesday (March 8) against Princeton—which serves as the first of a doubleheader with the Penn-Princeton men.