Habrukowich and Fleischer Earn Big 5 Honors

Philadelphia – Penn women’s basketball’s Karen Habrukowich and Jennifer Fleischer were selected to the All-Philadelphia Big 5 Team at this week’s banquet. Habrukowich was a first-team selection and Fleischer was named second-team, while also earning a spot on the Big 5 All-Academic Team.

Habrukowich, a native of Newtown, Pa. and graduate of Council Rock High School, finished her final season in the Red and Blue as the Quakers' scoring leader with 13.1 points per game, which also ranked her seventh in the Ivy League. She scored in double figures 19 times this season, including 10-straight to close out the season.

Habrukowich also ranked 10th in the League in field-goal percentage (117-for-306; 38.2), 12th in free-throw percentage (58-for-84; 60.9) and steals with 1.33 swipes per game. She finishedfourth in the Ancient Eight in three-point field-goal percentage at 40.4 percent (61-for-152), also ranking33rd in the nation. Habrukowich also tied for the League lead in three-point field goals per game with 2.26 treys per contest, ranking 46th in the country.

Fleischer, a bioengineering major, stepped up as a junior, recording 10 double-doubles. At one point, Fleischer rattled off four double-doubles in succession, amassing 77 points and 68 rebounds during the run. She was the only Ivy Leaguer to average a double-double this season with 10.8 points per game and 10.6 boards per contest. Fleischer’s dominance showed through on two distinct occasions and they happened to come in back-to-back games. At Columbia, the New Hartford, N.Y. native scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed a then career-best 19 caroms. She did two better the next evening at Cornell, pulling down 21 boards and dropping in 13 points. Her rebound total against the Big Red tied for the fourth-most in a single game at Penn.

Fleischer finished 10th in the nation in rebounding and led the League by almost two boards per game over her closest competitor. She also led on the offensive (3.11 orpg) and defensive (7.52 drpg) glass as well. But rebounding is not all that Fleischer contributed to the Quakers this season. She was also one of the Ancient Eight’s top shot blockers with 1.15 swats per game and ranked sixth in the League in field-goal percentage (46.6) and 14th in scoring (10.8). Fleischer’s 31 blocks this season gave her 80 for her career, which is fourth on Penn’s all-time list and her six swats against Lafayette ties for the third-most blocks in a single game at Penn.

Under first-year head coach Pat Knapp, Penn finished the season with a 15-12 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the Ivy League. The Quakers faced nationally ranked opponents on various occasions this season and earned multiple Big 5 victories for the first time in program history. The Red and Blue will lose five seniors to graduation and will need to replace three starters from this year's squad in 2005-06.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications