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PHILADELPHIA - In the final non-conference game of the 2012-13 campaign, the Quakers (7-7, 1-2 Big 5) will take on Big 5 rival Temple (7-10, 0-1 Big 5) at The Palestra. Penn has led deep into the second half in each of their Big 5 games this season and will be looking to claim a second city conference win for just the second time in school history. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available on the Penn Sports Network at PennAthletics.com. Twitter updates (@PennWBB) are also available throughout the contest. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.
In the Series vs. Temple
The Owls have won eight in a row in this series dating back to a 2003 matchup at Temple. In 42 all-time meetings, the Owls hold a 31-11 advantage over the Quakers. However, eight of those Penn wins have come at home. In the last meeting at The Palestra, the Quakers lost by just seven, which was the closest game in the series since Penn’s 70-64 win on Dec. 9, 2003.
About the Owls
Temple has lost eight of its last 10 games and two straight. The Owls are just 2-8 away from home this season. They have one common opponent with Penn—both teams lost to Villanova (the Owls fell on the road by 11). Temple ranks near the top of the Atlantic-10 in field goal defense—allowing opponents to shoot just 36.3 percent—and three-point defense—where opponents make just 24.8 percent. The Owls are third in the 16-team league in rebounding, but are second-to-last in turnover margin with an average of 20.0 miscues per game. Victoria Macaulay leads Temple and is sixth in the A-10 with 14.4 points per game. She is also fifth in the league with 9.0 rebounds per game, third in blocks at 2.0 per game and fourth in field goal percentage at 49.7%. Tyonna Williams is second in the A-10 with 5.4 assists per game, while Rateska Brown is the league’s sixth-best three-point shooter with 34 makes this season.
Ray Named Co-Ivy Rookie of the Week
Freshman Keiera Ray earned her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor this season as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. Ray had eight points on 4-of-8 (50%) shooting, collected four rebounds and had four assists in addition to two steals against the Wildcats. Ray was also named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on December 24.
Penn has 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). Penn also won seven non-league games last season—which is tied for fourth-most in program history.
Topping the Big 5
Its a daunting task each year for the Quakers to take on the Big 5. The conference for city bragging rights includes the other four Division I schools in Philadelphia—Temple, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Villanova. The first three are in the Atlantic-10 conference and the Wildcats are in Big East. Penn lost 24 straight Big 5 games after a win over Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 1, 2004 at Hagan Arena, 64-57, and were 1-30 since that time against the Big 5. But the Quakers have now won two of the last five against their city rivals at The Palestra, including a 65-56 win over La Salle on Nov. 30.
Penn is 6-2 when leading at the half and 1-5 when trailing (only win was 18-point school-record comeback at St. Francis Brooklyn) ... The Quakers have had fewer turnovers than their opponents in 11 of 14 games this season (7-4 in those games) ... Penn has won eight of their last 12 non-conference home games ... The Quakers have outrebounded their opponent just three times this year, but are 3-0 in those games ... Penn is 7-4 with its current starting lineup of Baron, Ray, Roche, Allen and Bonenberger ... In 12 games, six different Quakers have led the team in scoring this year ... Including ties, seven different Quakers have led the team in rebounding ... Three different Quakers have scored more than 20 points in a game this season (Baron, Roche, Ray) ... Alyssa Baron has started 70 consecutive games for the Quakers ... Junior Meghan McCullough played in 59 straight games dating back to the 2010-11 season opener prior to suffering a season-ending injury at Army (Nov. 18).
Climbing the Record Books
Junior Alyssa Baron moved into ninth place all-time at Penn in career scoring at Princeton on Jan. 12. She now has 1,150 career points and is 52 points away from passing Cheryl Rath for eighth place. 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), Diana Caramanico (48 games) and Mandy West (52 games) were faster to 1,000 points.
A Penn Win Would...
... tie for the second-most non-conference wins in school history (8).
... mark just the second two-win Big 5 season in program history (2004-05).
... make the Quakers 8-7 on the year and 2-2 in the Big 5.
A Penn Loss Would...
... be the ninth in a row to Temple.
... mark the second three-game losing streak this season.
... make the Quakers 7-8 on the year
... be less good than a win.
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 American Cancer Society, but the team is turning to its fans to lend a hand in its efforts. Here is how you can help!
FOR A CURE!
Last Time Out
Facing a Big 5 and Big East opponent ranked just outside the Top 25 and off to one of the best starts in program history, Penn came up just short. With the Big 5 title at stake, Villanova outlasted the Quakers, 48-44, Wednesday night at The Palestra. When freshman Keiera Ray sliced her way to the basket and converted a tough layup, the Quakers were down just two, 46-44, with 27.1 seconds to play. A full court press then nearly resulted in a steal, but Villanova corralled the tipped ball and was fouled with 7.3 seconds left. Both free throws went through and the Wildcats escaped with the four-point victory and the Big 5 title. After the Wildcats broke a five-minute scoreless streak, the Red and Blue scored five straight and led 23-18 behind a three from sophomore Kathleen Roche, and were up 23-21 at the break. The Quakers kept the pressure on in the second half. Penn scored the first six points - a layup from sophomore Katy Allen and buckets from Ray and Baron - to take its largest lead, 29-21, with 18:10 to play. Villanova then began to look like a team soon to be ranked in the Top 25. The Wildcats went on a 20-5 run over the next 10 minutes. Two minutes later, Bonenberger hit a jumper and with under five minutes to play, the Red and Blue were down just 43-40.
Conference season goes into full swing. The first two of six straight Ivy League weekends are on the road for the Quakers. Penn travels to Columbia (Feb. 1) and Cornell (Feb. 2) next weekend and then heads to Yale (Feb. 8) and Brown (Feb. 9) before hosting their first Ivy League game of the season in mid-Feburary.