PHILADELPHIA - In the final game of a three-game homestand, the Quakers will look to get into the win column on the final day of the year against St. Francis (N.Y.). Penn will hope to duplicate its winning performance over the Terriers on New Years Eve last season in New York City. Tip off is at 2 p.m. and admission is FREE!
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available on the Penn Sports Network at PennAthletics.com. A full recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
In the Series
Penn has won all three of the meetings between these schools. They first met on Dec. 28, 1997, with the Quakers claiming an 11-point victory at the Palestra. That is the last time the Terriers visited the historic gymnasium. Two years later, Penn won the rematch by 26 in Brooklyn Heights. Last season—also played on New Years Eve—Penn once again won by double-digits, 62-49.
68 Days in the City of Brotherly Love
As the three-game homestand comes to a close, the Quakers are in the midst of playing 12 straight games in the city of Philadelphia. They play three road games in that time, but all against Big 5 opponents. The team last left the City of Brotherly Love on Dec. 6 to take on Navy. They will not leave again until taking off for a matchup with Cornell on Feb. 12—a span of 68 days.
Penn got most of its travel out of the way early in the season. Five of the team’s first seven games were away from The Palestra. However, the Quakers will be in the friendly confines of the historic facility nine times in 12 games—including the first five Ivy League games of the season. That does mean though, that seven of the final nine Ivy games will be played the road.
St. Francis (N.Y.) won its first game of the year on Dec. 12 at home against Colgate. Since then, they have dropped two more games and have yet to win on the road this season. The Terriers are averaging 48 points per game, but are giving up nearly 70 per game. They pose one of the rare matchups where Penn holds a free throw shooting advantage, hitting just 55.4 from the charity stripe. Autumn Lau averages 10.4 points per game and two other Terriers are near the double-digit average—Kendra Williams (9.9) and Jacinda Williams (9.1). Kendra is the team’s leading rebounder at 7.9, but Lau grabs 6.2 per game. Tiara Dunson has a team-best 35 assists. Kayla Williams is the team’s best three-point shooter at 42.9 percent, but Lau leads the squad with 20 threes this season.
Penn’s opponents have taken 150 threes in the first nine games, making 58 (38.7%) ... Penn has won the last four games in which it was leading at the half ... Penn has lost the last eight games in which they have allowed 60 or more points ... Five different players have led the team in scoring and four different players have led the team in rebounding in the first nine games.
Last Time Out
Coming off its longest break of the season, Penn couldn’t shake off the rust in a 60-48 loss to Mount St. Mary’s at The Palestra Tuesday night. The Quakers only trailed 4-2 when Jerin Smith broke Penn’s scoreless streak with a put back with 15:52 to go. But the Quakers missed 10 of their first 11 shots and Mount St. Mary’s built a 12-2 lead nine minutes in. Mount St. Mary’s slowly increased its lead for the rest of the half. The Mount scored five straight for a 19-7 lead. Penn got the lead down to 21-12, but a short 8-2 run gave the Mount their biggest lead of the half and led 31-16 at the half. The lead grew on the Mount’s first possession of the second half when a three bounced high off the rim and in for a commanding 34-16 advantage. But Penn made its push. The Quakers scored nine of the game’s next 11 points and trailed just 36-25. After the Mount finally got another basket, Smith scored the game’s next three points and Penn was within single digits again, 39-30, midway through the half. It didn’t last long. Mount St. Mary’s responded with six straight to extend its lead to 45-30 with eight minutes left in the contest. The advantage grew to 49-33, but that didn’t last long either. Penn then scored six straight to pull back within 49-39 with just over four minutes to go. Four quick points in the next minute extended the Mount’s lead to 14. Senior Caitlin Slover then hit her third three of the game (tying a career high) to pull within 53-42, but that would be as close as Mount St. Mary’s would let them get down the stretch.
After a 16-day break, the team will be playing its third game in five days (and are in a stretch of of six games in 15 days). However, in that time, the Red and Blue will never have to leave the city of Philadelphia. Both of their away games in that stretch are against Big 5 opponents. The first of which is at La Salle on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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