PHILADELPHIA - Prior to the men's game, seniors Erin Power, Caroline Nicholson and Jerin Smith will be playing in their final game in a Penn women's basketball uniform. Tip with Princeton is at 4:30. The men with the Tigers tip at 7. Those with a ticket to the men's game also receive free admission to the women's game.
Ivy Title Scenarios
The Princeton women wrapped up their second straight Ivy League title on Saturday night and will be representing the Ivy League at the NCAA Tournament. The Penn men have a chance to knock out Princeton from the title race. A Penn win and the Tigers season is over.
Catching the Games
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. The men's contest will be shown on ESPN3.com
In the Series vs. Princeton
Penn has lost 10 of 11 to the Tigers with their only win in the last five seasons coming at The Palestra in 2008. Princeton coach Courtney Banghart is 6-1 against Penn. Overall, this will be the 70th meeting between the two historic programs with Princeton leading the series with 46 wins.
Freshman Alyssa Baron does not need to score a single point Tuesday night and she will still clinch the Ivy League scoring title. Erin Power can lead the Ivy League in minutes played per game if she logs more or equal time as Princeton’s Addie Micir. Power also needs eight rebounds and Princeton’s Devona Allgood needs to be held to 10 or fewer for Power to finish as the league leader in that category. The last Quakers to lead the league in scoring was Carrie Biemer (18.1 ppg) in 2008-09 and the last member of the Red and Blue to lead the league in rebounding was Jennifer Fleischer (10.2 rpg) in 2005-06.
On Senior Night, tri-captain Caroline Nicholson was honored along with the other two Quakers in their final year at Penn. But Nicholson had an especially memorable night with her first career double-double. The Springfield, Va., native had 10 points and grabbed her 10th rebound in the final minute of play. It was the fifth double-double by a Quaker this season. Junior Jess Knapp and senior Erin Power each have two double-doubles this season and three apiece in their careers at Penn.
Penn has had the same starting lineup in 26 of 27 games (the Quakers had eight different starting lineups last season) ... In all six Ivy wins under Coach McLaughlin, the Quakers have not allowed more than 49 points and have won each by at least 11 points (avg. margin of victory is 15.6 ppg) ... Freshman Alyssa Baron has led the team in scoring in 22 games ... In all but two games, 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 7-4 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring that many.
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 (7-6) and is 4-2 against Ivy opponents at The Palestra.
Charge for a Cure!
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
Penn split its final Ivy home weekend with a final-minute loss to Harvard and a Senior Night victory over Dartmouth. On Friday, 11 minutes into the contest, the Quakers had held the highest scoring team in the Ivy League to just 10 points and remained in front by 11. At one point, Harvard made just one field goal over an 11-minute span. The Penn advantage was 30-22 at the break. A Baron three extended the edge to 36-29, but Harvard scored five quick points and its deficit was just two, 36-34, six minutes into the final half. At the midway point, the Penn lead had evaporated, 39-39. It was tied at 45-45, at the 4:50 mark, but a minute later, the Crimson took their first lead of the game, 47-46. Harvard never trailed again. On Saturday, an early 11-2 Penn run gave the Red and Blue a 17-8 lead. The Big Green responded with a 13-4 run and tied the game at 21-21 and Penn led by just one at the half, 29-28. The first nine points of the second half went to the Quakers and Penn maintained its lead for the remainder of the contest. The Quakers never allowed the Big Green closer than seven points.
Preparations for the 2011-12 season will begin.