Final Tune-Up Before Holiday Break for Women's Basketball

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PHILADELPHIA - Friday night, for the first time, the women’s basketball programs at Penn and Maine will square off against one another. The two teams have each defeated Bryant this year, but are currently entrenched in extended losing streaks. Maine has lost five straight, while the Quakers look to end their four-game skid at The Palestra 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 Penn-Maine Series
This is the first meeting between the Quakers and the Black Bears women’s baskeball programs. This is also the fourth time this season in which Penn has faced an opponent for the first time in its history. The Quakers defeated Bryant, 70-59, on opening day, but fell to 0-1 all-time against NJIT and Niagara in the final two games of November.

Home Sweet Home
Finally able to stay home for a week, the Quakers have their first back-to-back home games of the year. The Red and Blue played four of their first six on the road. However, with Friday night’s game against the Black Bears at the friendly confines of The Palestra, this marks the first time since the start of the season that Penn does not have to travel to an opposing gym.

America East Foes
This is not only the first matchup all-time with Maine, but the first since 2003 against any America East foe. The last time the Quakers met a team from the AEC was in 2003 against UMBC in the UMBC Retriever Classic. Penn is 4-1 all-time against the America East. The Quakers are 2-0 versus UMBC, split two games with Stony Brook at the start of the decade and beat Albany in the New York state capital in 2001.

Penn Trends
Penn had no charges in a game for the first time this year against Saint Joseph’s ... Penn changed its starting lineup for the first time this season against Saint Joseph’s as senior Jerin Smith started for the first time this year (the Quakers had eight different starting lineups last season) ... The Quakers have been outrebounded just twice ... Penn has lost the last 21 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points, but are 3-2 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring that many.

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Last Game: 0
November Total: 16
December Total: 1
Season Total: 17

A Penn Win Would...
... make the Quakers 3-5 overall on the year.
... be the third in a row at home.
... eclipse last season’s win total and last season’s home win total.

A Penn Loss Would...
... mark the first all-time to Maine.
... be the fifth straight overall.
... be less good than a win.

Last Time Out
In the Big 5 opener for both teams, Penn gave up an early run to to Saint Joseph’s and couldn’t complete the second half comeback in a 60-45 defeat Tuesday night at The Palestra. Junior Jess Knapp recorded her third career double-double and second this season with 13 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Exactly three minutes in, Alyssa Baron hit a three for Penn’s first points to tie the game. The Hawks pulled away with a 12-0 run that gave the visitors a 24-9 lead with 6:40 to play in the first half. With the Hawks leading 26-19 with 3:47 left, they scored nine of the last 11 points of the half to take a 35-21 lead into intermission. McCullough opened the scoring in the second half with a layup to get the deficit down to 12, but the Hawks scored the next five for their largest lead of the game, 40-23, with 17 minutes remaining. Penn responded with its best stretch of the game. Baron hit a three, Brianna Bradford hit a corner jumper, Knapp hit two free throws and Courtney Wilson knocked down a three right in front of the Penn bench. Knapp then hit two more free throws and the 12-2 run had the Red and Blue within 42-35 with 12:32 to go. Saint Joseph’s scored the next four and didn’t let the Quakers within nine after that point. Penn was down just 10, 54-44, with 5:16 to play, but the Hawks scored six straight to put the game out of reach and won by 15.

Up Next
The Quakers will have 19 days until they next take the court against an opponent. The holiday break comes to an end on Dec. 29 when the Red and Blue travel to New York City to face St. Francis (N.Y.) at 7 p.m.

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