First Road Test for Women's Basketball Friday at Drexel

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PHILADELPHIA - It will be the first and shortest road trip of the season for the Quakers as they make the trip up 33rd street to take on University City rival Drexel Friday night. Coming off the program’s first season-opening win since 2007, the Quakers are hoping to end another drought on Friday night with their first win over 33rd Street rival Drexel in four years. Penn will literally walk to Drexel’s gym with tipoff from the Daskalakis Athletic Center at 7 p.m.

Catching the Game
Video and live stats as well as audio will be available at DrexelDragons.com. A complete recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Penn-Drexel Series
Drexel has won three straight in the series as the Penn seniors have yet to defeat a City Six series opponent. The Dragons lead the all-time series 11-9 and have won six straight at home against the Quakers. Penn’s last win at Drexel came in 1977 in the first meeting between the teams at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. The Red and Blue’s last overall victory over their University City rivals was a 60-57 triumph on Dec. 21, 2006.

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City Six Sorrows
Looking to mark a mark for itself, the 2010-11 team will have the opportunity on Friday night. Past Penn teams have struggled in the last few years against the other five Division I basketball schools in Philadelphia. Penn has not defeated one of its city rivals since topping Drexel at The Palestra in 2006. The Quakers have gone 0-4 in Big 5 play for the last five years and are in the midst of a 22-game Big 5 losing streak. Though Drexel is not involved in Big 5 play, the Red and Blue will have the opportunity to snap a 17-game losing stretch to City Six opponents.

Penn Trends
Penn led at the half in four of its last five games dating back to 2009-10 ... The Quakers have shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line in eight of their last 11 games ... Penn has lost the last 18 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points.

Keys to Victory?
In the Penn’s three wins under Head Coach Mike McLaughlin: The Quakers led at the half ... They outrebounded their opponent ... They held their opponent under 40 percent from the field ... They allowed fewer than 60 points ... They were wearing their white uniforms.

A Penn Win Would...
... mark the first 2-0 start since 2006-07.
... be the third win in the last four games dating back to last season.
... be the first in a road opener since 2007-08 at Elon (56-54).
... mark the first two-game winning streak since the final two home games of the 2008-09 season.

A Penn Loss Would...
... break a 17-game losing streak to City six opponents.
... mark 14th loss in the last 15 road games.
... be less good than a win.

Last Time Out - W, 79-50 vs. Bryant
Senior Jess Knapp put up a double-double and freshman Alyssa Baron scored 20 points in her first career game to lead the Penn to a 70-59 win over Bryant in the season opener at The Palestra Friday night. Knapp and Baron combined to score 10 of the game’s first 13 points as Penn took an early 10-3 lead. Bryant closed to within three at 10-7 with 15:14 to go in the half and it was 17-13 at the eight-minute mark. But then the Quakers pushed the lead into double digits for a 29-13 edge. A layup by Meghan McCullough and a baseline jumper by Knapp gave the Quakers a 37-25 halftime lead. Following two Knapp free throws to start the half, the Bulldogs brought out the full court press and closed the deficit to single digits. Smith ended a 6-0 Bryant run with a pair of free throws, but the stuggling for a basket, the Penn lead was down to 44-38 at the 15:01 mark. At 49-41, Penn scored eight of the next nine as the lead ballooned to 57-43 with 9:26 left in the game. The Quakers maintained that edge over the next five minutes. Bryant got within 65-55 with just under five minutes left, but Penn kept the lead above 10 with a defensive effort that held the Bulldogs without a basket for the next three minutes. A Bryant three with 2:09 to play brought the score to 69-59, but that would be the final field goal of the day.

Up Next
The busy non-conference season really begins with three games surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. Penn travels to Rider on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and then to NJIT on Saturday, Nov. 27. The following Tuesday, the Quakers are back at home to take on Niagara.

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