Holiday Hoops - Penn Faces Drexel

Game 10

Penn (3-6)v.Drexel(4-2)
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Palestra
Dec. 23, 2004
1 p.m.

Series:Drexel 10, Penn 8

Game Notes: Game 10 - Penn v. Drexel

Penn v. Drexel - The Quakers and Dragons renew their rivalry at The Palestra as the battled for University City has its 19th showdown on Dec. 23. Drexel leads the series, 10-8. Both teams have split the past four match-ups with Penn taking both played at home with an average winning margin of 7.5 points.

Dragon Slayer - In Penn’s contest last season at Drexel, three Quakers finished in double figures, including Jennifer Fleischer. The junior center scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor while also pulling down 11 rebounds for her then-second career double-double.

Home for the Holidays - Penn plays its final game at The Palestra for over a month when the Quakers welcome Drexel on Dec. 23. The team will not hit the hardwood at the historic arena again until Feb. 4 when Harvard comes to town. The 42-day road trip will take the Quakers to Rider, Lafayette and Lehigh as well as New Haven, Conn. and Providence, R.I. for Penn’s Ivy-opening weekend at Yale and Brown.

Leader of the Pack - Karen Habrukowich led Penn in its battle against No. 6 Ohio State with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Habrukowich also now leads the team in scoring for the season with 9.6 points per game. With her 19 agains the Buckeyes, the senior needs only 50 points to become just the 16th member of the 1,000-point club at Penn.

Perfect Charity - Despite Penn’s woes at the free-throw line as a team against Ohio State, three Quakers were perfect at the charity stripe against the Buckeyes. Sophomore guard Joey Rhoads led the way, knocking down all six free throws she attempted. Also not missing from the line were Lauren Pears (2-for-2) and Katie Kilker (2-for-2). On the season, Kilker (10-for-11; 90.9), Pears (5-for-6; 83.3) and Rhoads (14-for-17; 82.4) rank second through fourth, respectively. Jenna Markoff leads the team, having all four free-throw attempts she has taken.

Four is Enough - Penn is in the midst of a four-game losing streak but that only serves as a notice to Drexel and Rider. The last time the Red and Blue dropped four-straight contests was in 2002-03 when the Quakers fell to Villanova, California, Evansville and Fresno State in succession. Penn’s next two opponents, Charleston and Marist were both handed eight-point losses.

20/20 - Amanda Kammes and Joey Rhoads each have 20 or more assists already this season. Rhoads, averaging 2.2 helpers off the bench, has 20 while senior Kammes leads the team with 24 dimes, ranked ninth in the Ivy League, for a three-assist per game average.

Leading From Long Range - Cat Makarewich is still the most accurate three-point shooter in the Ivy League. The senior has hit 15-of-21 treys for a jaw-dropping 71.4 percent average. Not only does Makarewich lead Penn and the Ancient Eight in three-point field-goal percentage but Penn as a team is ranked ninth in the country in three-point accuracy with at 43.0 percent from beyond the arc. Makarewich also ranks third in the Ivy League with 1.88 three-point field goals made per game through eight games.

Approaching a Milestone - Karen Habrukowich is looking for acceptance into a very exclusive club. The senior starting guard needs 50 points to become only the 16th Penn women’s basketball player with 1,000 points in a career. Through 85 games, Habrukowich has amassed 950 points for an 11.2 points per game scoring average. If she scores her average, the Newtown, Pa. native should join the 1000-point club against Lehigh on Jan. 18, 2005.

Coaching the Quakers - Patrick Knapp enters his first season at the helm of the Penn women's basketball program after spending 18 seasons at Georgetown. Knapp led the Hoyas to two Big East championships and was named the Big East Conference Coach of the Year for the 1992-93 season.

Jan. 13, 2004 - Penn had three Quakers finish in double figures in last season’s showdown against Drexel. Then-sophomore Jennifer Fleischer recorded her then-second career double-double while 2004 graduates, Jewel Clark and Mikaelyn Austing finished with 21 and 10 points, respectively. After the 78-70 loss, Penn ran off five-consecutive victories, winning seven of its next eight games.

Coaching the Dragons - Denise Dillon in her second season as head coach at Drexel. Her rookie season saw the Dragons finish 10-18 with a 7-11 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), placing Drexel seventh in the conference. Dillon returns three starters from last year’s squad.

Quakers Honored - Every week the Big 5 and the Ivy League honor those that have shined on the basketball court during the previous week’s contests. The following is a list of Quakers who have received one or both of these honors: Big 5 — Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24); Jennifer Fleischer (Dec. 7). Ivy League — Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24). Penn Student-Athlete of the Week — Cat Makarewich (
Nov. 24); Monica Naltner (Dec. 13).

Tournament Tested - Penn posted a 15-9 record last season against teams on the docket for 2004-05. The Red and Blue prove they will not shy away from national powers as six 2004 NCAA Tournament invitees appear on the Quakers schedule. Penn has competed against Colorado, then-No. 22 Maryland, Villanova, Temple, Marist and then-No. 6 Ohio State on the hardwood. A seventh team, LSU, was a possible opponent for the Quakers at the Coors Classic held on Nov. 26-27 in Boulder, Colo.

Listen to Penn Hoops - Listen to Penn women’s basketball on the radio and online. The Quakers have three games broadcast on XPN - 88.5 FM this season. The Red and Blue also have several contests that will air LIVE on www.pennathletics.com.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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