PHILADELPHIA - All three seniors, Brooklyn Juday, Kasey Chambers and Keiera Ray, as well as junior Sydney Stipanovich will serve as team captains of the 2015-16 University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team. The captains were selected by teammates and coaches and officially announced on Wednesday by head coach Mike McLaughlin.
Ray's collegiate career has been hampered by injury, but the standout guard was Big 5 Rookie of the Year in 2012-13 and also earned honorable mention All-Ivy that season.
Juday is a three-year letterwinner and has played in 34 career games for the Quakers. Like Ray, the Tipton, Ind., native has won an Ivy League title (2013-14) and Big 5 championship (2014-15).
Chambers, who is a transfer from Monmouth and has two years of eligibility remaining, will see her first collegiate action in a Red and Blue uniform after she sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Stipanovich won Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors in each of her first two seasons, and was also Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2013-14. A unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection last year, the St. Louis, Mo., native ranks first and second in the Penn record books for blocks in a season, and is eight away from the program's all-time career record.
In total, the Red and Blue have nine returning letterwinners and three returning starters from a team that claimed the program's first-ever Big 5 title last year, and reached the postseason for the third straight season (school record). The Quakers were 21-9 last year, including 11-3 in Ivy play, and reached the second round of the WNIT.
Penn began practice on Oct. 6 and hosts Duke in the season opener on Nov. 13. It will be the second game of doubleheader with the men, who tip off with Robert Morris at 5:30 p.m. The Penn-Duke women will tip at 8 p.m. Both games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.