PHILADELPHIA - Following a 10-day break, the Quakers embark on their final non-conference game of the season, taking on Big 5 rival Temple at McGonigle Hall Saturday. The 2 p.m. tip off is the last before Penn’s first Ivy League weekend of the year.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at OwlSports.com. A full recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
In the Series
For what was an even series early on in Penn’s history, Temple has been the aggresor recently. The Owls have won five straight over the Quakers, eight of the last nine and 12 of the last 14. That includes six of the last seven when hosting the Quakers. Penn last defeated the Owls on Dec. 9, 2003, winning 70-64 in North Philadelphia. Overall, Temple has won 28 of the 39 all-time meetings. Second-year head coach Tonya Cardozza defeated the Quakers in her only meeting with Penn last season, 81-70 at The Palestra. Penn head coach Mike McLaughlin, who will be facing the Owls for the first time, is 0-3 this season against Big 5 competition.
About the Owls
At 13-5, Temple has played one of the toughest schedules in the country. They won the first five and were 10-2 before falling to three-straight nationally-ranked foes, Duke, Flordia State and Xavier. Since then, Temple has won the last three. Temple is holding opponents to just 55.5 points per game—which ranks second in the 14-team Atlantic 10. The Owls also rank second in the conference holding the opposition to just 35.8 percent shooting, and are third in steals, offensive rebounding and turnover margin. Kristen McCarthy and Shaqwedia Wallace each average more than 12 points per game for the Owls. McCarthy (6.1) is also second on the team in rebounding behind Jasmine Stone’s 8.8 per game. LaKeisha Eaddy has a team-best 62 assists and 33 steals this season, while Marli Bennett and Natasha Thames lead the team with 13 blocks apeice.
Though Penn has struggled on the offensive end of the floor this season, the Quakers have been trying to make up for it on the defensive end. Despite the added pressure on the defense due to the offensive setbacks, Penn ranks third in the Ivy League in points allowed, giving up just 61.8 per game. The Quakers also rank near the top half of the league in rebounding margin (fourth), blocked shots (fifth) and field goal defense (fifth). For a complete list of Penn’s Ivy League rankings, see page six of the game notes.
Knapp on the Boards
Some more impressive statistics in recent weeks have come from sophomore Jess Knapp. In just her first season in the Red and Blue after suffering a year-ending injury during the preseason as a freshman, Knapp is seventh in the Ivy League in rebounding and rising. In the last four games, Knapp has had at least eight rebounds in each, averaging 9.4 rebounds per game in that span. Knapp is also fourth in the Ivy League in blocked shots at 1.4 per game.
Penn has lost the last 14 when trailing at the half and won five straight when leading at the half ... Penn is undefeated on Thursdays ... Penn has allowed just 61.8 points per game this season, second only to Princeton (52.2) in the Ivy League ... Penn has lost the last 11 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points ... In the last three games, three different players have led the team in scoring ... Sophomore Jess Knapp has led the Quakers in rebounding in each of the last four games.
Last Time Out
Once again, Penn just dug themselves into too big of a hole in the first half and were unable to make up a double-digit deficit in the final 20 minutes, falling 57-40 to Saint Joseph’s at Hagan Arena Tuesday afternoon. Jess Knapp nearly had a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds for the Quakers as she and junior Kim Adams scored the first 15 points of the game for Penn as three Quakers combined for all of the team’s first-half points (senior Caitlin Slover had Penn’s final two buckets of the first frame). Saint Joseph’s did its best to get an early lead, but Knapp scored Penn’s first four baskets. Adams scored the next six points for the Quakers, and after her first field goal, the Hawks held a 19-13 lead 9:57 left in the half. But it would be another five minutes before the Quakers would score again, giving Saint Joseph’s a 26-13 edge with 5:07 on the clock. Saint Joseph’s went to the locker room up 32-19. The second half started with six straight points for the Hawks, giving them a commanding 38-19 lead. Over the next three minutes, Penn closed the gap to 38-25. Minutes later, Ely’s three kept the Quakers within striking distance at 42-28. With the score the same at the midway point, the Hawks hit a three, only to see the Red and Blue make another push. Sophomore Jourdan Banks hit a free throw and a possession later, Slover drained a three and the Quakers had momentum down 45-32 with 6:30 to go. Saint Joseph’s did not record a single field goal over the final nine minutes of the contest. However, they finished the game 12-for-12 from the free throw line during that stretch. The perfect free throw shooting kept Penn at bay.
It’s the first Ivy League weekend with home games against Yale and Brown on Jan. 29 and 30th, respectively.
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