PHILADELPHIA -Just a week after becoming the all-time winningest class in program history, Penn's seniorquartet will play in its final Ivy home weekend. The Quakers (16-7, 7-2 Ivy) host Brown (10-14, 4-6 Ivy) on Friday and will then celebrate Senior Day on Saturday night against Yale (12-12, 6-4 Ivy). Both games tip off at 7 p.m., and can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Catching the Games
Both games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN.tv). Live stats can be found at PennAthletics.com, while live twitter updates (@PennWBB) are also available. A complete recap, box score and highlights can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.
In the Series vs. Brown/Yale
This will mark the 76th meeting between Penn and both of these programs. Last season, Penn swept both Brown and Yale for the first time since 2007. The Quakers have never swept the season series in back-to-back seasons.
- Against Yale, the Quakers are looking to even up the all-time series as the Bulldogs holding a slight edge, 38-37. Penn is also searching for its first four-game win streak over the Bulldogs since 2006-08 and first back-to-back home wins over Yale since 2006-07. In his sixth season, Coach McLaughlin is 4-7 against Yale.
- Against Brown, Penn has taken the lead in the all-time series, 40-35, with six straight wins and eight victories in the last nine meetings. Penn’s current winning streak over the Bears is the longest since a nine-game stretch from 1978-83. Coach McLaughlin is 8-3 against Brown.
Its official for Penn’s 2015 seniors—the first class to win an Ivy League championship and Big 5 title—is the winningest class in school history. Seniors Katy Allen, Kara Bonenberger, Renee Busch and Kathleen Roche have won 69 games at Penn which bests the Class of 2003 for most career wins all-time (57). They have also won a school record six Big 5 games (also true for the current juniors), and no other class had won more than four.
Class of 2015
Coach McLaughlin’s second recruiting class is set to graduate as arguably the most successful in program history.
- First Ivy League championship since 2003-04 ... First NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 seasons ... First two postseason wins in program history and first postseason berth since 2003-04 ... First back-to-back postseason appearances in program history ... Most career wins by any class in program history (69) ... First Big 5 championship in program history ... Second 20-win season in program history ... Tied school record for wins in a season (22 in 2013-14) ... Third-most wins in a season in school history (18 in 2012-13) ... Most non-conference wins in school history (10 in 2013-14) and second-most non-conference win in school history (9 in 2012-13 & 2014-15) ... Second-longest winning streak in school history (9 in 2013-14) and third-longest winning streak in school history (8 in 2013-14) ... First 10-win Ivy season since 2003-04 and just the fourth 10-win Ivy season in school history (2013-14) ... Tied for second-most Ivy wins in a season in school history (12 in 2013-14) ... School record eight-game non-conference winning streak (2013-14) ... First 3-0 start in Big 5 play (2014-15) ... Most Big 5 wins in a season (three in 2014-15) ... First four-game Big 5 winning streak in school history ... Four Big 5 wins in a three-year span for the first time ever (won six) ... Two Big 5 wins in back-to-back years for the first time in school history ... Three straight over La Salle for the first time in program history and first three-game win streak over any Big 5 opponent since 1980-82 (Temple) ... Three straight 1-0 starts in Big 5 play (had never done so in two consecutive seasons) ... Second win in 40 all-time meetings with Saint Joseph’s and first-ever win over the Hawks at The Palestra (1-23) ... First win over Temple at home since 1999, and first back-to-back wins over the Owls since 1994-95 ... Recorded program’s first-ever win over an ACC opponent (at Miami on Jan. 1, 2014) ... Best 10-game start in school history (8-2 in 2013-14) ... Snapped a 17-game and nine-year losing streak to Harvard and has won five of last six over the Crimson ... Snapped an 11-game losing streak to Princeton and nine-year losing streak at Jadwin Gym ... Largest comeback in school history (19 pts vs. Drexel on Dec. 21, 2013) and second-largest comeback in school history (18 pts at St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 5, 2012) ... First sweep at Harvard and Dartmouth since 2004 and first season sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth since 2001 ... First back-to-back wins at Lavietes Pavilion since 2000-01 ... Largest win ever at Dartmouth’s Leede Arena (16 points) ... School record fifth-straight win at Brown and first six-game win streak over Brown since 1978-83.
Penn clinched back-to-back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in more than a decade. In the 2012-13 campaign, the Quakers snapped a string of seven straight losing campaigns and finished 18-13 and then followed that up with a 22-7 mark en route to an Ivy League championship last year. The last time Penn posted three straight winning seasons was 2002-03 (15-12), 2003-04 (17-11) and 2004-05 (15-12). With five games to spare, the Quakers have already posted the winningest three-year span in school history (56 wins). The last three seasons have produced three of the top six winningest seasons in school history.
Senior Kara Bonenberger is moving up Penn’s all-time scoring list. She became the 20th player in Penn history with 1,000 career points on Feb. 7 in a win over Columbia at The Palestra—the first Penn player to reach that milestone since former teammate and captain, Alyssa Baron, who did so on Nov. 30, 2012 and finished second all-time at Penn with 1,806 points. Bonenberger has now racked up 1,035 career points to move into 17th place all-time at Penn and is 10 away from Jen Dorfmeister (1989-92) for 16th place.
Senior Kathleen Roche ranks 20th in the nation and second in the Ivy League in three-point percentage (.423). She recently moved into sole possession of sixth-place on Penn’s all-time career made three’s list. She has knocked down 142 shots from three-point range in her career and is 18 away from Jen Dorfmeister (1989-92) for fifth place at Penn. She is also just one three away from matching her career-high and entering the school’s all-time single-season top 10 for made threes. Roche, who owns the school record for threes in a half (six at St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 5, 2013), is tops on the team with 43 threes this season, which is just five away from her career high and ninth-most in a season in school history.
Senior Kara Bonenberger has started 86 straight games and Kathleen Roche has started 55 in a row ... Senior Katy Allen has an assist in nine of the last 10 games ... Freshman Michelle Nwokedi has four or more rebounds in 15 of the last 16 games, and has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games ... Freshman Anna Ross has three or more assists in 15 of the last 16 games.
Magic Number: 60
The statistic that may most indicate a Penn win or loss? 60 points. Penn has won 31 straight regular season games when scoring more than 60 points, and since head coach Mike McLaughlin took over at Penn, the Quakers are 58-9 (.866) when they reach that number (31-1 over the last two seasons with only loss to Texas in NCAA Tournament, 79-61). In comparison, the Quakers are just 24-76 (.240) when they’ve scored less than 60 points under Coach McLaughlin. The trend continues defensively. Over the last six seasons, the Red and Blue are 17-53 (.242) when allowing more than 60 points. But when holding opponents under that number, the Quakers hold a healthy winning record of 65-32 (.670).
Teammates Sydney Stipanovich (64) and Michelle Nwokedi (49) have combined for 113 blocks this season—there are 264 teams in the NCAA that have fewer (which is even more impressive considering the Quakers have played fewer games than the rest of the nation). Stipanovich ranks 20th in the NCAA with 2.8 blocks per game, while Nwokedi is just outside the top 50 at 2.1 blocks per game. The duo’s average of 4.9 blocks per game would rank 38th as a team in the NCAA. They rank first and second in the Ivy League in blocks and are currently fourth and eighth in the school’s single-season record book. Meanwhile, teammate Kara Bonenberger ranks fifth all-time at Penn with 109 career blocked shots, and that trio owns four of the top eight spots on Penn’s all-time single-season blocks list.
Top 10 in the Nation
As a team, Penn ranks No. 6 in the nation with 6.5 blocks per game, and is also one of the nation’s most diciplined teams as they rank No. 10 in the NCAA with just 14.1 fouls per game. The Quakers are just outside the top 10 in several other categories, including 12th in three-point percentage (37.0). Head Coach Mike McLaughlin has always had strong defensive teams and this year is no different. The Quakers rank 14th in the NCAA in scoring defense (54.9) and 15th among the 343 Division I schools in field goal percetange defense (.350)—on four occasions this year, they have held an opponent under 40 points.
For the first time, Coach McLaughlin’s record is above .500 in Ivy League play. In building the program, the Quakers have increased their Ivy win total in each of the first five seasons under Coach McLaughlin (1, 5, 6, 9, 12). The fastest coach in women’s college basketball history to reach 400 career wins, McLaughlin lost 15 of his first 16 Ivy contests and started 12-31 (.279) in Ivy play. Since then, the Quakers are 28-8 (.777) against the Ivy League, improving McLaughlin’s overall Ivy record to 40-39 (.506).
Penn has won nine of the last 10 Ivy League games at The Palestra ... Penn is 19-3 (.864) in its last 22 league games which is tied with No. 14 Princeton for the best mark over that stretch ... The Quakers have won 22 of the last 23 and are 40-2 (.952) over the last three seasons when shooting better than 40 percent ... The Red and Blue have won 21 of the last 22 games when their free throw percentage is better than 70 percent ... Penn has won 35 of the last 37 games when outrebounding its opponent ... Penn is 23-1 and undefeated in regulation under head coach Mike McLaughlin (22-0) when scoring more than 70 points (only loss came in double overtime, 88-84, at Harvard in 2011) ... Penn has made a three in 148 straight games.
Two Penn Wins Would...
... mark the first-ever back-to-back season sweeps of Brown and Yale.
... tie for third-most wins in a season in school history (18).
... tie for fourth-longest win streak in school history (seven games).
... be 10 in the last 11 games.
... improve the Quakers to 11-1 in the last 12 Ivy League games at The Palestra.
... make the Quakers 18-7 overall this season and 9-2 in the Ivy League.
One Penn Win Would...
... tie for fifth-most wins in school history (17).
... clinch third straight winning season in Ivy play (first time since eight-year stretch from 1997-05).
... make the Quakers 17-8 on the season and 8-3 in Ivy play.
Two Penn Losses Would...
... make the Quakers 16-9 overall and 7-4 in league play.
... be less good than two wins.
About the Bears
- Brown split last weekend’s road trip with a nine-point defeat at Columbia and seven-point win at Cornell. The victory in Ithaca snapped a three-game losing streak and moved the Bears to 4-6 in Ivy play.
- The Bears are second in the Ivy League in scoring at 66.1 points per game and third in the league in three-point percentage (.312). Brown leads the league with 10.1 steals per game, but is last in the league in rebounding and seventh in blocks.
- Jordin Alexander, who lit up the scoreboard with 31 points in the last meeting with Penn, is fourth in the Ivy League in scoring at 15.5 points per game. Sophie Bikofsky is ninth in the league with 12.9 points per game. Janie White averages a team-high 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, while Megan Reilly leads the Bears with 58 assists. Bikofsky is fifth in the Ivies with 2.0 steals per game and leads the league in free throw percentage (.909) and threes per game (2.9).
About the Bulldogs
- Yale split last weekend with a loss at Cornell, but won at Columbia. The victory over the Lions stopped a four-game losing skid for the Bulldogs, who started 5-0 in league play.
- Yale is seventh in the Ivy League in scoring at 60.1 points per game and put up just 42 against the Quakers in the first meeting (14 in the second half). Much of that was due to a 1-for-18 night from beyond the arc. Yale is last in the league in three-point percentage (.260). The Bulldogs own the best turnover margin in the Ivies at plus-4.17—nearly twice as good as anyone else in the league.
- In the abscence of senior standout Sara Halejian, who was injured during non-conference play, freshman Tamara Simpson leads the team in scoring with 8.7 points per game. Simpson also tops the Bulldogs with 2.1 steals per game. Katie Werner averages a team-high 6.5 rebounds and Emmy Allen has a team-best 23 blocks this season.
Last Time Out: W, 71-61 vs. Harvard | W, 63-46 vs. Dartmouth
Four players scored in double figures, freshman Michelle Nwokedi recorded another double-double and the Penn outpaced Harvard, 71-61, at The Palestra on Friday night. The next night, senior Renee Busch came off the bench and matched a career-high with five made threes to lead all scorers wit h17 points to guide Penn to a 63-46 win over Dartmouth at The Palestra. The win also marked Penn’s first season sweep of Dartmouth and Harvard since 2001, and a school record third-straight home sweep of those Ivy rivals.
One last road trip before a nationally-televised season finale against arch rival Princeton. Next weekend, the Quakers make the trek through the Empire State with a Friday night matchup at Columbia (7 p.m.) and Saturday night contest at Cornell (6 p.m.). Both games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.
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