PHILADELPHIA - For the first time in 17 seasons, and just the second time overall, the Penn and Duquesne women’s basketball teams will face off on the hardwood. The Quakers are looking to build upon their impressive team effort in a near-upset of Big 5 rival Villanova, while the Dukes aim to keep their early season record unblemished.
In the Series
Duquense’s only other meeting with the Quakers came in 1991. Also in Pittsburgh, the Dukes were victorious 87-78. This will also mark the first time Penn head coach Pat Knapp has faced off against the Dukes in his 25 seasons in which he has served at the helm of New Mexico State, Georgetown and Penn.
Biemer in Double-Digits
You can almost surely expect to see senior Carrie Biemer score in double-digits tonight. She has done so in 15 straight games. The last time she was held under the 10-point mark was Jan. 15, 2008 against Seton Hall.
For a few Penn players, it has not taken long to dent their personal record books. Just two games into the 2008-09 campaign, sophomores Erin Power and Jerin Smith have already hit career bests. Power’s two steals in the season opener was a career best, while Smith has had a tremendous start to the season. She has set or tied her career marks in minutes played, points, rebounds and assists.
The trip to Pittsburgh will be a homecoming for a few Quakers. Senior Katarina Lackner hails from the Steel City and attended Sewickley Academy. Junior Sarah Bucar is also from the south western Pennsylvania area. Her hometown of Trafford, Pa., is only about a 30 minute drive from the Duquesne campus. The West Virginia transfer attended Oakland Catholic High School.
About the Dukes
Duquense has sent out the same starting five for all three of their games thus far this seasonall wins. The Dukes have made easy work of their first three opponents, dispatching of Morehead State, 83-57 in the season opener; beating up fellow Ivy Cornell just two days later, 93-47; and winning their first road test of the year on Wednesday at Mt. Saint Mary’s, 66-59. Senior Kristi Little leads the team in scoring with 39 points in the team’s first three contests. In all, four Dukes are averaging in double figures and the team is averaging over 80 ppg. Little also leads the team with an average of six assists/game and 2.7 steals per game. Junior Rachel Frederick has been superb on the boards for Duquesne with 7.3 rpg. Junior Keri Pryor is the team-leader with four blocks, while foward Samantha Pollino has been perfect from three-point range (six-for-six).
Penn returns home next Tuesday, Nov. 25 against another Big 5 opponent. The 5 p.m. game versus Saint Joseph’s will precede the men’s basketball game against Penn State starting at 7:30 p.m. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Penn hits the road to take on Mt. St. Mary’s. Tip-off in Emmittsburg, Md., is set for 1 p.m. on Nov. 29.