Big 5 Opener Tuesday for Women's Basketball

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PHILADELPHIA - Penn’s Big 5 schedule begins Tuesday night at The Palestra against Saint Joseph’s at 7 p.m. The Quakers are looking to end a long drought against Big 5 opponents as well as a current three-game skid. This is just the third home game of the year for the Quakers, who have gone 1-1 in the first two and their only loss was by one-point to Niagara last Tuesday.

Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at 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 shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Penn-Saint Joseph's Series
Saint Joseph’s has dominated this series since it began in 1973-74. The Hawks have won 34 of the 35 meetings all-time with Penn’s only win coming on Dec. 1, 2004 at The Palestra. Saint Joseph’s won the first 29 meetings and has since won the last five. All-time at The Palestra, Penn is just 1-21 against the Hawks.

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Last Game: 1
November Total: 16
December Total: 1
Season Total: 17

Daunting Big 5
There are a lot of numbers that make Tuesday’s matchup seem daunting. Penn has lost 34 of 35 all-time to the Hawks and the Quakers are oh-for-21 in the last six-plus years against Big 5 opponents. However, there are some silver linings to this particular matchup. The last Big 5 team that the Quakers defeated? It was Saint Joseph’s. Also, the last time the Hawks visited The Palestra, the Red and Blue played superbly and were within one in the final minutes before falling 66-60.

The Last Time...
Penn last defeated Saint Joseph’s 64-57 on Dec. 1, 2004. During that year, Athens hosted the Summer Olympics, George W. Bush entered his second term, Million Dollar Baby was a hit on the big screens and Usher’s “Yeah” was blasting from car radios. Penn's freshmen were in seventh grade.

Freshman Scoring
Penn struggled on offense throughout the season last year, but have found a scoring bump in its freshman class in 2010-11. Alyssa Baron is leading the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game, while Meghan McCullough is third on the team with 6.2 points per game. In addition to Kristen Kody’s 15 points this season, the freshman have accounted for nearly 50 percent of Penn’s scoring this season. Of Penn’s 319 points in the first six games, the Class of 2014 is responsible for 145 of them (45%).

Halftime Haven
Getting to halftime with the lead has been vital for the Quakers. They have led at the half in all of their wins since 2009-10. However, in the last two seasons when trailing at the half, the Red and Blue are 0-26. In all, they have lost the last 27 games in which they have had a halftime deficit. The last time they overcame an opponent after trailing at the half was at Brown on Feb. 28, 2009. The Quakers trailed 20-19 at halftime, but came back to beat the Bears in overtime, 55-48.

Penn Trends
Penn has had the same starting lineup in all six games this season (the Quakers had eight different starting lineups last season) ... The Quakers have outrebounded their opponent in four of six games ... Penn has lost the last 20 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points, but are 3-2 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring that many.

A Penn Win Would...
... make the Quakers 3-4 overall on the year and 1-0 in the Big 5.
... break a three-game losing streak.
... be the first in 22 games against the Big 5.
... eclipse last season’s win total and last season’s home win total.

A Penn Loss Would...
... mark the sixth straight to Saint Joseph’s.
... be the fourth straight overall.
... be less good than a win.

Last Time Out - L, 44-53 at Army
An early 12-point deficit was too much to overcome Saturday afternoon as a second-half comeback fell short in a 53-44 loss to Army at Christl Arena. A sign of things to come, it was a slow start offensively for the Quakers as they took nearly four minutes to get on the scoreboard. It was nearly another seven minutes before Penn scored again. Down 14-2, Jerin Smith got the Quakers back in the scoring column with Penn’s next six points. The Quakers then got to within single digits, 20-12, with layups by Erin Power and Smith. Sophomore Brianna Bradford hit a three before the halftime buzzer and sent Penn into the locker room trailing by only nine, 24-15. Then, on the first possession of the second half, Baron drained a three and the Quakers were down just six. Army scored the next four, but an effective full court press led to a 6-0 Penn run. Knapp hit a layup with 15:53 to play, the Quakers were within 28-24. Army began to flex its muscle on the glass (they outrebounded the Red and Blue, 41-36) and the Quakers shooting woes began again as well. Penn went on another drought and were without a basket for five more minutes. Army scored seven of the next eight and led 35-25 at the 10:16 mark. Bradford hit two free throws and Baron hit a mid-range jumper off an inbounds pass to pull the deficit to 35-29 with 9:23 remaining. Three minutes later, Army gave itself some cushion with five straight points for a 44-33 advantage with 5:28 to go. The lead grew to as many as 13 and Penn never got closer than nine again.

Up Next
The Red and Blue will host their final game before the holiday break. Maine will visit The Palestra Friday night and then the Quakers will have 19 days until they next take the court against an opponent. Friday is Community Night and all schools, community groups, church groups, youth teams etc., can receive free admission. Click here for more information.

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