First Road Trip Sends Women's Basketball to Niagara Sunday

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PHILADELPHIA - In the first of three games in six days, the Quakers (2-1) will play outside the city of Philadelphia for the first time this season in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Tip off with Niagara (1-4) is at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at PurpleEagles.com. A full recap and box score will appear at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.

In the Series vs. Niagara
These two programs have met just once before. It was a thriller just one year ago at The Palestra. Brianna Bradford buried a three with 1:03 left and Penn led 50-47, but Niagara hit two free throws on its next possession to cut the lead to one. On Penn's possession, Baron was fouled with 17 seconds to play and hit the first free throw. That gave the Quakers a 51-49 lead, but the second attempt went bouncing off the rim and Niagara's Kayla Stroman hit a three to give the Purple Eagles the lead with six seconds remaining. Baron's runner as time expired went off the back rim and the Quakers fell, 52-51, on Nov. 30.

Watching the Record Books
Senior Jess Knapp leads the Ivy League in blocks with nearly twice as many as anyone in the league. With her 10 blocks this year, she has now moved into sole possession of fourth place in the school record book with a total of 88 career blocks. She passed Big 5 Hall of Famer Jewel Clark (2001-04), who had 82 during her time in the Red and Blue. Knapp had 40 blocks in 2009-10 - fifth-most in a single-season in school history. She then had 38 blocks last season (sixth in school history). She needed 22 entering this year to become just the fourth player in the history of the program with 100 career blocks.

Penn Trends
Penn has had a freshman in its starting lineup for in 31 straight games ... The Quakers have used the same starting lineup in all three games ... Penn has forced at least 20 turnovers in each game this year ... In all six Ivy wins under Coach McLaughlin, the Quakers have not allowed more than 49 points and have won each by at least 11 points (avg. margin of victory is 15.6 ppg).

Leading the Way
Its a little early to get too caught up in the statistics, but the Quakers are off to a great start. Sophomore Alyssa Baron leads the Ivy League in scoring (21.0 ppg), Knapp leads the league in blocks (3.3 bpg) and is second in rebounding (7.7). Knapp also leads the Ivies with 6.0 defensive rebounds per game, while Baron is second with 36.7 minutes played per game.

Halftime Deficit
With the youngest team in the Ivy League, the Quakers did not wilt when trailing by seven at halftime and nine in the second half in the season opener against St. Francis (N.Y.). In fact, the victory marked the largest halftime deficit Penn has overcome under head coach Mike McLaughlin. Entering the game, Penn was 1-37 when trailing at the half in the last two seasons (11-5 when leading). In addition, the nine-point deficit early in the second half was the largest overcome in a win for Penn since 2008-09.

Charge for a Cure!
November: American Cancer Society
The women's basketball team is again dedicating its entire season to the fight against several diseases and the team needs your help. Last season, the team started an initiative which they have coined the "Charge for a Cure" program. The team raised more than $4,000 through the initiative last year. Each month of the season will be devoted to help a specific disease with personal ties to the program - American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, Luekemia and Lymphoma Society, the ALS Foundation, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This month, the Quakers will be taking charges for the American Cancer Society, but the team is turning to its fans to lend a hand in its efforts. For more information and to donate to "Charge for a Cure," click here.

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Last Game: 5
November Total: 8
Season Total: 8

Last Time Out
In the Big 5 opener for both teams, the Explorers (2-3) jumped out to a big lead in the early going, but the Quakers (2-1) came all the way back and took the lead, 36-34, midway through the second half. Freshman Kathleen Roche came off the bench and hit the first four three-point attempts of her collegiate career to help erase a 13-point deficit. La Salle, however, caught fire from the field and a 21-4 run put the game out of reach for the Red and Blue down the stretch. At the start, La Salle stretched its lead to as many as 13, 20-7, with 6:08 to go in the opening half. But Roche hit her first three, senior Jess Knapp converted a three-point play and a nifty move and lay-in by freshman Jackie Kates capped an 8-0 run to make it a five-point game. La Salle though, extended its edge to 27-19 at halftime. Roche sparked another 8-0 run when she sandwiched a pair of threes between a Knapp lay-up and the La Salle lead was quickly down to one. Trailing just 34-33, Roche connected on another from beyond the arc to give the Quakers their first lead of the game with 11:29 to play. But the Explorers held the Quakers to just four points over the next 9:45 to pull ahead by as many as 15.

Up Next
Penn returns home to The Palestra on Wednesday to take on Lafayette at 7 p.m. Then the Quakers have a quick turnaround to take on No. 3/4 Notre Dame in South Bend on Friday night. Penn has never beaten a team ranked in the AP Top 25.

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