Another Trip to New Jersey for Women's Basketball Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA - Saturday features the first of two straight games against first-time opponents for the Quakers. The Penn women’s basketball program has never played NJIT or Niagara, but will do so in a span of four days. Penn, which has already matched last season’s win total, is looking to win back-to-back games for the first time under head coach Mike McLaughlin. In the team’s second straight game in the state of New Jersey, tip off against NJIT is at 2 p.m.

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

In the Penn-NJIT Series
This is the first meeting all-time between the NJIT and Penn women’s basketball programs. NJIT made the move to Division I in 2006 and is in the Great West Conference and was picked to finish sixth in the seven-team conference.

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Early Leads
In all three games this season the Quakers have jumped out to early leads. In Penn’s two wins, they have trailed for a total of 28 seconds. On Tuesday, Rider scored off the opening tip, but on Penn’s first possession, Meghan McCullough gave Penn a lead it would never relinquish at 3-2 with 19:27 to go in the first half. In Penn’s first win, the Quakers led from start to finish. Even in the Quakers’ loss at Drexel, the Red and Blue led 9-0 through the first nine minutes of the game.

Ivy League Leaders
Penn’s defense has been its strength this season. In the team’s two victories, the opposition was held under 30 percent shooting. Bryant and Rider combined to shoot 32-for-119 (26.9%). Even in a loss at Drexel, it took the Dragons more than nine minutes to score their first points. Penn leads the Ivy League in field goal defense, allowing opponents to shoot only 33.3 percent this season. Penn also leads the league in offensive rebounding and is second in defensive rebounds, led by the Ivy League’s top rebounder in Jess Knapp (9.0).

Penn Trends
Penn has had the same starting lineup in all three games this season (the Quakers had eight different starting lineups last season) ... Penn has led at the half in five of its last seven games dating back to 2009-10 ... Senior captain Jerin Smith has recorded exactly four points and two rebounds in all three games ... Penn has lost the last 19 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points, but are 3-1 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring that many.

Keys to Victory?
In Penn’s four wins under Head Coach Mike McLaughlin: The Quakers led at the half ... They outrebounded their opponent ... They held their opponent under 30 percent from the field ... They allowed fewer than 60 points.

A Penn Win Would...
... mark the first 3-1 start since 1982-83.
... be the first two-game winning streak under Coach McLaughlin.
... eclipse last season’s win total and last season’s road win total.

A Penn Loss Would...
... mark the first-ever to NJIT in the first meeting between the programs.
... be just the 89th in 500 career games for Coach McLaughlin.
... be less good than a win.

Last Time Out - W, 60-45 at Rider
A strong start led to a 14-point halftime lead and that was enough for Penn to hold off Rider, 60-45, on Tuesday night from Alumni Gym in Lawrenceville, N.J. Rider scored first, but a three from McCullough and four consecutive made shots from senior Caroline Nicholson gave Penn an early 11-2 lead. Following a Rider timeout, the Broncs came back behind seven straight points from Shereen Lightbourne to close to within 11-9 with 13:36 to go in the half. Penn responded with a 13-2 run. Following three points from the Broncs, Penn scored eight more in a row for a commanding 32-14 edge at the 2:38 mark of the first half. Baron scored the first four points of the second half for Penn and junior Jess Knapp scored the next four as the two teams shared baskets through the first nine minutes of the second half. Up 12, McCullough hit another three and Smith followed with a layup on the next possession to give the Red and Blue a 47-30 advantage with 8:47 to play. A smaill 7-3 run got the Broncs back to within striking distance with 4:17 remaining. Following a Rider free throw and three-pointer, the Broncs were suddenly within single digits for the first time since early in the first half. McCullough drove the lane and knocked home a runner as the shot clock expired to give the Quakers an 11-point lead, 53-42, with 2:32 left. The Quakers then made six straight free throws to keep the home team at bay, sealing a 60-45 victory.

Up Next
Penn hosts its first home game in 18 days against Niagara at The Palestra on Tuesday. Both are afternoon tips. The first-ever matchup with the Purple Eagles is the first of aPenn basketball doubleheader. The Penn women tip at 4:30 p.m. that day and the Penn men tip at 7 p.m. against UMBC.

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