PHILADELPHIA - Senior Night highlights the final weekend of the 2010-11 season. The Quakers wrap up the year with three home games in five days. The Red and Blue tip off with Harvard (Friday) and Dartmouth (Saturday) at 7 p.m., and are the first of a doubleheader with the Penn men when the season finale against Princeton tips at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at PennAthletics.com for each game. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.
In the Series vs. Harvard and Dartmouth
Following back-to-back last-second defeats to these teams a month ago, Penn looks to break a 14-game skid against Harvard. The Crimson have won 18 of 19 and 45 of the 66 all-time meetings. Penn’s last win over Harvard came at Lavietes Pavilion on Feb. 6, 2004. The Red and Blue have lost nine straight at home to Harvard, dating back to Feb. 9, 2001. Penn broke a five-game skid to Dartmouth with a win in Hanover last March. Overall, the Big Green have won 42 of the 64 all-time matchups, including 11 of the last 13. The last time the Big Green left The Palestra as losers was Feb. 24, 2007. Head Coach Mike McLaughlin is 1-2 against Dartmouth.
Top 20 in the Nation
Penn remains in the Top 20 in the nation in scoring defense with just 54.1 points allowed per game. Of the 333 Division I teams, the Quakers are No. 19 and second in the Ivy League behind No. 7 Princeton (52.4). Marist leads the country, allowing just 49.3 points per game.
A year ago, sophomore Brianna Bradford, who currently leads the team with an average of 6.3 points per game off the bench, hit just four of her 21 three-point attempts (19.0%). This season, she has become Penn’s top three-point shooter (37%) and is currently the fifth-most accurate shooter from that range in the Ivy League. In fact, at 5-foot-5, Bradford finds more success from beyond the arc, than amongst the six-footers in the paint, hitting 34 percent of her two-point attempts. In League games, she’s been even better, connecting at nearly a 50-percent clip (16-of-34) from three to rank third among her Ivy counterparts. She has hit multiple threes in each of the last three games and has been one of the team’s top free throw shooters recently, making her last nine in a row and 10 of her last 11.
Home Sweet Home
Penn had trouble away from The Palestra this season. The Quakers finished the year 4-10 on the road, including just 1-6 at Ivy opponents. However, the Red and Blue have been much better in Philadelphia. Penn is above .500 at home overall (6-5) and is 3-1 against Ivy opponents at The Palestra.
Penn has had the same starting lineup in 24 of 25 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 20 games ... In all but on game, either Jess Knapp or Erin Power has led the team in rebounding ... Penn has lost the last 26 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! March:
Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis
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
Two straight nights the Quakers dug themselves a double-digit deficit in the second half only to come all the way back and fall in the final minute. On Friday, it was a close game throughout the first half as Penn trailed by one, 24-23, at the break. With Penn up two, Columbia held Penn without a field goal for the next six minutes, went on a 15-1 run and the Lions led 54-41 at the 5:20 mark. Meghan McCullough and Bradford each hit a three and Erin Power converted a three-point play to close the deficit to 56-52 with 3:06 remaining. Then Baron closed it to two before Columbia pulled it out. On Saturday at Cornell, Bradford capped a dramatic Penn comeback when she drained a three to tie the game with a 1:03 to play, but on the following inbounds, Cornell broke Penn’s full-court press and hit the game-winning lay-up. Cornell took a 27-19 lead into intermission. The Red and Blue trailed 35-31 following a Bradford steal and lay-up, but Cornell hit back-to-back threes to start an 8-0 run that eventually gave the Big Red a 43-31 edge with 10:07 remaining. The Big Red got their lead back to seven, 51-44, at the 2:26 mark. But behind a full court press, Penn scored the next seven, leading to the final minute scramble.
The season finale, as is tradition, is set for Tuesday against Princeton—which serves as the first of a doubleheader with the Penn-Princeton men. Free admission for those with a ticket to the men’s game.