PHILADELPHIA - After a 12-day break, Penn will try to regain the momentum from its current two-game winning streak when they host 33rd street neighboor Drexel in a Friday matinee at noon.
Penn Women's Basketball Field Trip Day
Penn sponsors the women's basketball Field Trip Day in which Philadelphia area schools were invited to take a field trip to the mid-afternoon game between the city rivals. In addition to the attending school children, all other fans can also attend the game free of charge.
Catching the Game
Live video and audio along with live stats are available on PennAthletics.com with Chris Zervoudis providing the webcast’s play-by-play.
In the Series
Penn and Drexel have alternated wins for each of the last nine meetings, dating back to 1999. Drexel won last season’s matchup, 60-41 at the Daskalakis Athletic Center, but will have to make the walk down to The Palestra this year where they have not defeated the Quakers since 1983. Since head coach Patrick Knapp took over five seasons ago, the Quakers are 2-2 against Drexel.
About the Dragons
Drexel has alternated wins and losses in all seven of its games this season. The Dragons dropped their last contest against Army, 55-49 on Dec. 5. Drexel and Penn have played just one common opponent thus far with the Dragons defeating St. Joseph’s, 76-61 on Nov. 19, and the Hawks defeating Penn, 66-60, at The Palestra on Nov. 25. Drexel junior Gabriela Marginean was the leading scorer in all of NCAA Divison I women’s basketball at the time of the Dragons’ last game. The forward has scored 190 points through the first four weeks of the season and is averaging 27.1 points per game. She has already reached the 30-point mark in four games this season, including back-to-back 30-point games to start the season. Guards Jasmina Rosseel and Andrea Peterson lead Drexel with 18 and 17 assists, respectively. Forward Nicole Hester is not too far behind with 14.
Penn has yet to lose in regulation in the month of December. After pulling off a courageous comeback at Lafayette to force an extra period on Dec. 3, the Quakers have rattled off to wins in a row and have two games remaining before the New Year.
Quite the Defensive Effort
Colgate’s 18 first-half points on Dec. 7, was the fewest allowed by a Penn team since Jan. 28, 2005, when the Quakers held Yale to 15 first-half points en route to a 53-40 win. Current assistant coach Amanda Kammes was a senior starter on that Quaker squad.
Penn has made a habit of making it difficult on opposing offenses. Colgate’s leading scorer was held without a basket despite playing all 45 minutes and the Raiders did not make a three-pointer. In fact, in the last three games, Penn has held the opponent to just 10-of-41 (24.3%) from beyond the arc. Penn has also forced an astounding 54 turnovers in that span, an average of nearly 20 per game.
Penn’s overtime session Wednesday at Lafayette marked the first time the Quakers had played past regulation since the 2005-06 season. The Quakers dropped a 70-68 overtime decision at American on Dec. 10, 2005 and went 80 games before playing another overtime. After Lafayette, it took just two games for Penn to play its next overtime--a 49-46 win at Colgate. It was Penn’s first overtime win since the 2005-06 season opener.
The .500 Mark
Penn is 12 points away from being 5-3 at this point. In close losses to Villanova (two points), Saint Joseph’s (six points) and Lafayette (four points in overtime), the Quakers were either leading or within one in the closing minutes. With a little bit a good fortune going on the side of the Red and Blue, the Quakers could easily have the best record in the Ivy League at this point.
Last Time Out
A tough defensive effort, and senior Carrie Biemer’s first career double-double guided Penn to its second straight win with a 49-46 overtime victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court. The Quakers were pushed into overtime for the second time in three games when the Raiders hit two free throws with six seconds remaining in regulation. Biemer scored eight of her 15 points in the overtime period. With Colgate up 41-39 with 2:30 left, the Haddonfield, N.J., native buried a three-pointer for a one-point lead. Then, with the score 44-43 in favor of the Quakers and the shot clock running down on the Red and Blue, Biemer launched and sunk a deep three to give Penn a 47-43 advantage with just 47 seconds left. Colgate would not go away though, closing the gap to 47-46 on the next possession. Junior Sarah Bucar then dropped in two clutch free throws, putting Penn up three with 24 seconds left. Colgate let go a desperate three as time expired, but it bounced hard of the back of the rim. Penn had a halftime lead for the second straight outing at 21-18. Colgate quickly scored on its first two possessions of the second half, taking a 22-21 lead less than a minute in. But the next five points went to the Quakers and they led 26-22 with 14:36 left in regulation. Penn held the lead for the majority of the half, with its largest edge at 32-25 with 11:42 on the clock. However, Colgate went on an extended 10-2 run, regaining the lead with just 3:09 to go. Junior Caitlin Slover would give Penn a 37-35 lead though, with a big three-point play at the 1:15 mark. The lead looked like it would stick, until both Raiders free throws went down.
Following the city-showdown, Penn will have another 12-day break before traveling to New York, N.Y. on New Years Eve for a matchup with St. Francis (N.Y.) at 2 p.m.
Download: 12-19-08 Drexel.pdf