Big 5 Matchup Wednesday for Women's Basketball

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PHILADELPHIA -Penn will be looking for a pair of victories against two teams from powerhouse conferences this week. Before heading to Virginia to take on one of the ACC’s best teams, the Quakers host Big 5 rival Villanova Wednesday night in their first game at The Palestra since Dec. 10. Tip off is at 7 p.m.

Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at PennAthletics.com. Video is available in HD on the Penn Sports Network. Dan Fritz and Ted Rawlings will call the action. A complete recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Series vs. Villanova
It isn’t a pretty history for the Quakers in this matchup. The two programs have met every season since 1974 and Penn’s Philadelphia rivals have won 35 of the 37 meetings. The last win for the Red and Blue in this series was a 69-62 overtime victory at the Pavilion in 2001. Penn’s only other win over the Wildcats was a 63-56 decision at The Palestra on Feb. 7, 1975.

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Last Game: 1
November Total: 16
December Total: 5
January Total: 2
Season Total: 23

Daunting Big 5
The Quakers are oh-for-23 in the last six-plus years against Big 5 opponents. The last Big 5 team that the Quakers defeated was Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 1, 2004 at The Palestra, 64-57. The Quakers have also lost to Drexel in each of the last three meetings, meaning the Red and Blue will be in search of their first win over a Philadelphia opponent since topping Drexel at The Palestra, 60-57, on Dec. 21, 2006.

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. Wednesday’s game marks the 977th in team history. Penn set a team record with 22 wins during its 2000-01 Ivy championship run (22-6).

All-Time Wins (Ivy Schools)
Harvard - 537
Dartmouth - 526
Princeton - 501
Brown - 445
Yale - 412
Penn - 399
Cornell - 331
Columbia - 275 (since 1980-81)

Home Sweet Home
Finally a home game for the Quakers! Following a 19-day layoff, the Quakers went 2-1 on a three-game road swing, meaning the Red and Blue have not played at The Palestra since a 21-point win over Maine on Dec. 10. That's a span of 33 days between home games. Penn is 2-2 at home this year and 3-4 on the road.

Last Time Out
In a matchup of the two top defenses in the Ivy League, Penn fell just short of ending Princeton's 15-game home winning streak in a 56-45 loss Saturday night at Jadwin Gym. It took the Quakers more than five minutes to score on the Ivies second-best defense and it was another two minutes before Baron had Penn's first basket to pull within 5-3. But that got the Quakers going. A 10-0 run put Penn up 10-5 at the midway point of the half. Penn led 20-18, but Princeton tied the game in the waning seconds of the half. Princeton's 20 first-half points was its lowest output of the season. However, the second half was literally all Tigers for the first nine minutes. Princeton scored the first 18 points and the Quakers did not get on the scoreboard until Baron hit a running jumper along the baseline at the 10:50 mark. That was the first of four straight baskets. When sophomore Brianna Bradford's three went down with 8:12 to play, the Quakers had cut the 18-point deficit to 42-29. With the Tigers leading 50-36, McCullough hit two free throws, Bradford drained a three from the top of the key and Baron buried a jumper to pull the deficit to seven with just 1:45 remaining. The Tigers knocked down a three on the next possession though and held off the Quakers for the 11-point win.

Up Next
Three more non-conference games take place before the Red and Blue get into the thick of the Ivy League schedule. After Penn travels to ACC powerhouse Virginia on Sunday, the Quakers will host their remaining two Big 5 opponents—LaSalle (Jan. 19) and Temple (Jan. 22).

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