ACC Powerhouse on Tap for Women's Basketball Sunday

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PHILADELPHIA - Following back-to-back losses, things won’t get any easier for the Quakers as they take their longest road trip of the season thus far. The Red and Blue travel South to take on ACC powerhouse Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena. Tip off is at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com. A complete recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Series vs. Virginia
These two programs have met only twice and not since 1993. The Cavaliers have won both meetings, which were each played in Charlottesville, but this will be the first at John Paul Jones Arena. In the previous two encounters, the Cavaliers won handily. On Jan. 12, 1979, Penn fell 84-37 and on Nov. 27, 1993, Virginia won 92-66. Both of those games were played at the Cavaliers’ previous facility of University Hall.

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Last Game: 1
November Total: 16
December Total: 5
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Virginia Trip Notables
— With every conference opponent to the North, this trip will mark the furthest south the Quakers have traveled since playing in Elon, N.C., to open the 2007-08 campaign.
—The Quakers will be looking for their first-ever win over an ACC opponent. Overall, the Red and Blue are 0-8 against the powerhouse conference with losses to Duke and Wake Forest, and two losses apiece to Georgia Tech, Maryland and Virginia.
— It will be a homecoming of sorts for two Penn players. Senior Caroline Nicholson is from Springfield, Va., and went to West Springfield High School, while freshman Kristen Kody hails from McLean, Va., and starred at Langley High School last year. Kody’s older brother, Thomas, played for the Cavaliers in 2009-10.

Strength of Schedule
The Quakers have steadily climbed the RPI rankings as of late and are now No. 281 of the 343 Division I teams. Its the program’s highest ranking since the 2008-09 season and has increased over the recent weeks due to some stiff competition. The first seven opponents of 2011 all rank higher than the Quakers in the RPI. Lafayette was at No. 161 at the time of Penn’s win on Jan. 2, while Princeton is No. 39—the highest ranking Ivy team—and Villanova sits at No. 78. It only gets more difficult from there. Virginia is No. 50, Temple is No. 56, La Salle ranks No. 202 and Yale is No. 230. Penn ranks fifth in the Ivy League in RPI, ahead of Brown (282), Columbia (306) and Cornell (324). Penn has one win against opponents with higher RPI rankings—No. 203 Lafayette.

No. 400!
Penn’s next win will be the 400th in program history. Women’s basketball became a varsity sport at Penn in 1970 and since that time, the Quakers have accumulated 399 all-time wins. Sunday’s game marks the 978th in team history. Penn set a team record with 22 wins during its 2000-01 Ivy championship run (22-6).

Penn Trends
Penn has not allowed an opponent to reach 60 points in six games, dating back to a 60-45 loss to Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 7 ... Penn has had the same starting lineup in 11 of 12 games (the Quakers had eight different starting lineups last season) ... The Quakers have been outrebounded just four times in 12 games ... Either Jess Knapp or Erin Power has led Penn in rebounding in every game this season ... Freshman Alyssa Baron has led the team in scoring in nine of 12 games ... Penn has lost the last 21 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points, but are 5-2 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring that many.

Last Time Out
For the second game in a row, it took more than four minutes for the Red and Blue to put a crooked number on the scoreboard and by that time Villanova had scored the game’s first 10 points. Penn got on the board when junior Jourdan Banks hit a jumper from just inside the free throw line at the 15:59 mark. Then the Quakers scored on their next two possessions with freshman Meghan McCullough’s three-pointer pulling the Red and Blue within 12-7. Villanova was just too hot as they hit back-to-back-to-back threes for a 14-point lead, 21-7, just seven minutes into the first half. Baron hit a three to cap a quick 8-3 Penn run and pull within 37-28. The visitors scored on their first possession of the second half, but back-to-back layups from senior Jerin Smith pulled Penn within striking distance for the first time since Villanova’s early run, 40-34, with 14:24 to play. Villanova scored the next 10 points for a 50-34 advantage at the 8:51 mark of the second half. The Quakers didn’t go away easily. They scored 10 of the game’s next 11 points and were within 51-44 with under four minutes to play when Brianna Bradford converted a three-point play. With 2:24 left, Smith hit a baseline jumper and the Red and Blue were down just six, 54-48. But despite chipping away at the Wildcats’ early lead for the last 30 minutes of the contest, Baron’s bucket with three seconds left to pull within five was as close as the Quakers got.

Up Next

The Quakers host their remaining two Big 5 opponents—LaSalle (Jan. 19) and Temple (Jan. 22)—before heading into the thick of Ivy play. The first Ivy weekend consists of road games at Yale (Jan. 28) and at Brown (Jan. 29). In fact, Penn’s first four Ivy games are on the road.

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