Ivy Opener for Women's Basketball Saturday at Princeton


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PHILADELPHIA - Riding a three-game winning streak, the Quakers open Ivy League play Saturday at arch rival Princeton. The matchup between the two long-time rivals has traditionally marked the first game of the Ivy League season—the Red and Blue and the Orange and Black will continue that tradition Saturday night in New Jersey at 6 p.m.

Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at GoPrincetonTigers.com. A complete recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Series vs. Princeton
Penn has lost nine of 10 to the Tigers with their only win in the last five seasons coming at The Palestra in 2008. The last victory inside Jadwin Gym for the Quakers came on Feb. 1, 2005, in double overtime. Princeton coach Courtney Banghart is 5-1 against Penn. Overall, this will be the 69th meeting between the two historic programs with Princeton leading the series with 45 wins.

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Last Game: 1
November Total: 16
December Total: 5
January Total: 1
Season Total: 22

Three Straight!
For the first time since Feb. 28-March 7, 2009, the Quakers have won three in a row. Penn has not lost since Dec. 7—a span of 31 days by tipoff with Princeton. That’s the longest stretch for a Penn team since a 35-day run in 2004-05. In all three games during this streak, Penn used the same starting lineup, outscored their opponents in the paint, had fewer turnovers than their opponents, had more assists (at least 12 in each game), had a better shooting percentage, attempted and made more free throws (attempted at least 25 FTs in each game), and had five different players score in double digits.

Halftime Haven
They’re over the hump! The Quakers overcame their first halftime deficit in nearly two years on Sunday. In the last two seasons when trailing at the half, the Red and Blue were 0-28. However, the Red and Blue topped Lafayette on the road last week, 59-52, after trailing, 27-25, at intermission. Previously, the last time the Quakers had overcome an opponent after trailing at the half was at Brown on Feb. 28, 2009. The Quakers trailed 20-19 at halftime, but came back to beat the Bears in overtime, 55-48.

Penn Trends
Penn has had the same starting lineup in nine of 10 games (the Quakers had eight different starting lineups last season) ... The Quakers have been outrebounded just three times in 10 games ... Either Jess Knapp or Erin Power has led Penn in rebounding in every game this season ... Penn has had three different leading scorers in the last three games ... Penn has lost the last 21 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points, but are 5-2 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring that many.

Home Sweet Home
With the current three-game road trip following a 19-day layoff, the Quakers have a long break between home games. Penn last played at The Palestra on Dec. 10 in a 21-point win over Maine. The next time the Quakers take to their home floor will be Jan. 12 against Big 5 rival Villanova—a span of 33 days between home games.

Defensive Standards
What a week for the Penn defense. The coaching staff under Mike McLaughlin has stressed defense and the team has responded. The Quakers allowed just 38 points and a shooting percentage of under 30 at St. Francis (N.Y.) and then held Lafayette to 30.9 percent from the floor and 9.1 percent from three-point range. The Quakers now lead the Ivy League in points allowed (54.3 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (36.7%). In addition, the opposition is making just 28.3 percent of its three-point attempts which ranks second in the Ivy League. Penn also leads the Ivies in rebounding margin at +3.9.

Baron Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week ... again
For the third time this season, freshman Alyssa Baron was honored as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday after guiding Penn to two road wins. The native of Miami, Fla., finished the week with 15.0 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game in just 32.0 minutes per game in leading Penn to its first three-game winning streak in nearly two years. Baron also earned this honor on Nov. 15 and Nov. 29. Princeton’s Lauren Edwards and Harvard’s Victoria Lippert split the Player of the Week award this week.

Last Time Out
Penn ended 2010 and began 2011 with victories. The Quakers won at St. Francis (N.Y.), 66-38, on Dec. 29, and then at Lafayette, 59-52, on Jan. 2. In the final game of 2010, the Terriers held an early lead, but the Quakers burst to a 17-3 run that stretched through most of the first half. That gave Penn a 23-9 lead and the Quakers never looked back. Alyssa Baron had a career-high 23 points as Penn led 36-21 at the break and the Terriers were never within double digits in the second half. On Sunday, Lafayette was in control early, but behind senior Jerin Smith’s efforts off the bench - she tied a career high with 16 points, the Quakers battled back and trailed by just two at the half. The Leopards broke a near five-minute scoring drought with a three to pull within 36-35, but Penn scored the next four to gain a 40-35 advantage with 11:33 remaining. Penn responded in a big way to a 7-1 Leopards run with 12 straight points to pull away for the win. Smith gave the Quakers the lead back with a turnaround jumper from inside the paint and sparked the eventual game-winning run. Penn scored 12 straight points and when McCullough drained a step-back three as the shot clock wound down with 2:44 left, Penn led 53-42. The Quakers struggled from the free throw line (40 percent on 10-of-25 shooting), but made enough to hold off Lafayette.

Up Next
Four more non-conference games take place before the Red and Blue get into the thick of the Ivy League schedule. Penn hosts three Big 5 opponents—Villanova (Wednesday), LaSalle (Jan. 19) and Temple (Jan. 22)—and travels to ACC powerhouse Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 16.

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