PHILADELPHIA - In head coach Pat Knapp’s first season at Penn, the Quakers pulled off their first-ever victory over Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s. The Red and Blue will look to duplicate that win over the Hawks in 2008 and tally their first win of the young season.
Catching the Game
For those who can't be at The Palestra to support the Quakers in person, there are a few options at www.PennAthletics.com. The website will have live video and audio as well as live stats. Live video and audio can be found by clicking here. Live stats are accessible on the main page. Click "Live Stats" in the upper right corner of the webpage.
In the Series
Saint Joseph’s has been on the winning side of the Big 5 matchup in 32 of the 33 meetings. Penn’s only win in the series was not too long ago. In head coach Pat Knapp’s first season, the Quakers topped the Hawks, 64-57 on Dec. 1, 2004. It remains the team’s only victory in the series though as Saint Joseph’s has won the three meetings since, including its 63-46 win last season.
Last Time Out
The result was a 78-45 defeat that was surprising in its final margin, as Penn gave undefeated Duquesne all they could handle into the early part of the second half before the Dukes gained control of the contest. The teams traded baskets through the first nine minutes of the game, before Duquesne went on an 11-0 run that turned an 8-6 lead into a 19-6 advantage. That lead swelled to 26-10. Thankfully for Penn, there was Carrie Biemer. The senior was simply superb in the opening stanza, scoring 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. She singlehandedly kept the Quakers in the game, and scored the last six points of the half after a Kelly Scott three-pointer to make it 26-19 at the break. Penn then started the second half with the ball, and got three free throws from Kaitlin Slover on its opening possession. When the third one went down, suddenly it was a four-point game at 26-22. Enter Duquesne’s Kelly Britcher. She scored eight in a row at this juncture, offset only by a Biemer layup, to give Duquesne a 34-24 lead. That set the tone for the rest of the half, and the largest margin came with the final score.
About the Hawks
Philadelphia neighbor Saint Joseph’s has one win in its first three contests. The Hawks lost their season opener on the road to No. 4 Rutgers before defeating Lehigh at the Gallagher Center and falling to Drexel on Nov. 19. Lehigh is the only common opponent between the two teams with Saint Joseph’s winning at home by an eight-point margin, 71-63, and the Quakers falling on the road, 83-52. Saint Joseph’s comes to the Palestra this year returning four of its five starters after a strong 2007-08 season in the Atlantic 10. The Hawks have two players averaging double figures in scoring, including Ashley Logue who also leads the team with six rebounds per game. Point guard Mariame Djouara is averaging 3.0 assists per game to go along with her 8.7 points per game.
Power on the Boards
Sophomore Erin Power and senior Katarina Lackner made the most of their time Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pa. Against Duquense Power grabbed seven rebounds in eight minutes while Lackner pulled down five rebounds in six minutes of action. Power’s effort was a new career-high, as were her two blocks against the Dukes.
Biemer in Double Digits
You can almost surely expect to see senior Carrie Biemer score in double digits tonight. She has done so in 16 straight games. The last time she was held under the 10-point mark was Jan. 15, 2008 against Seton Hall. She leads the team in scoring this season with 14.3 ppg and was honored by the Ivy League has an honorable mention player of the week for her effort against Villanova and Duquesne last week.
A Penn Win Would...
... be the first of the season and make the Quakers 1-3 overall.
... be the second all-time against the Hawks.
... be its fourth in the last eight games.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Penn hits the road for two straight contests. First, the Quakers will take on Mount St. Mary’s. Tipoff in Emmittsburg, Md., is set for 1 p.m. on Nov. 29. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, Penn will travel to Easton, Pa., to match up against the Leopards of Lafayette at 7 p.m.
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