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PHILADELPHIA - Following their first Big 5 win in nearly two years, the Quakers (1-3) look to carry momentum through a busy week - starting with Bucknell (5-2) at The Palestra at 7 p.m. Monday and a short trip to New York City to take on St. Francis (N.Y.) (2-3) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available on the Penn Sports Network (PSN) at PennAthletics.com. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.
In the Series vs. Bucknell/St. Francis
This will mark the first meeting between Penn and Bucknell in more than 12 years and the seventh meeting overall. The programs split the first six games with the Bison claiming all three encounters in the 1980s. But the Quakers have won three straight, including the last meeting on Jan. 2, 2000 - an 86-74 win at The Palestra. Meanwhile, Penn will play St. Francis (N.Y.) for the fifth straight year and the seventh time overall. The Quakers are 6-0 all-time against the Terriers - all of which came by double-digits before last season's 70-61 overtime win at The Palestra.
About the Bison
Bucknell has won five straight games after dropping the first two games - both by single digits. The Bison's only road loss came at Xavier. The only Patriot League team with more wins is Army (7-1), who topped Penn by five at West Point on Nov. 18. Bucknell ranks first among Patriot teams in field goal defense allowing opponents to shoot just 31.6 percent and second in three-point defense at 27.1 percent. They are second in the league in rebounding with a plus-8.5 average margin. Alyssa Dunn (14.3 ppg) and Shelby Romine (12.3 ppg) lead the Bison in scoring and have combined for 53 of the team's 93 assists. Lindsay Horbatuck leads the Patriot League in rebounding with 11.5 per game. Audrey Dotson is tops on the Bison with 10 blocks.
About the Terriers
St. Francis (N.Y.) won its first two games, but has since lost its last three games. Penn lost at Army, but the Terriers handed the Black Knights their only loss of the season thus far with a decisive 59-47 win in West Point. The Terriers boast the top defense in the 12-team Northeast Conference (NEC) at 61.0 points per game. Opponents are shooting just 34.1 percent against the Terriers - also tops in the NEC. Offensively, they own the NEC's top field goal percentage at 42.3 and three-point percentage at 37.9. Sarah Benedetti is the only St. Francis (N.Y.) player averaging double figures in scoring at 10.0 points per game. Jaymee Veney is the team's top rebounder at 6.4 per game and Jasmine Robinson has a team-high 4.0 assists per game.
Junior Alyssa Baron became the 19th Penn women's player to reach 1,000 career points. She is the third-fastest Quaker to accomplish that milestone (60 games) and the first since Carrie Biemer topped the landmark in 2008. Only Penn's all-time leading scorer (man or woman), Diana Caramanico (48 games) and Mandy West (52 games) were faster to 1,000 points. A two-time Ivy scoring champion, Baron became the first freshman in Ivy history to lead the league in scoring. She now has 1,005 points in her career, which ranks 18th all-time at Penn. That is eight points behind Beth Stegner (1980-83) for 17th and 19 points behind Katarina Poulsen (1991-94) for 16th-place on Penn's all-time scoring list.
Topping the Big 5
Its a daunting task each year for the Quakers to take on the Big 5. The conference for city bragging rights includes the other four Division I schools in Philadelphia—Temple, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Villanova. The first three are in the Atlantic-10 conference and the Wildcats are in Big East. Penn lost 24 straight Big 5 games after a win over Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 1, 2004 at Hagan Arena, 64-57, and were 1-30 since that time against the Big 5. But the Quakers have now won two of the last three against their city rivals at The Palestra and are now atop the Big 5 standings at 1-0.
All four of Penn's games have been decided by single digits. Penn suffered three straight losses to start the season. But those came by a combined 17 points (average of 5.7 points per game). In two of those losses, Penn was within one possession and had the ball with under 10 seconds to play. Last season, the Red and Blue were 5-5 in games decided by 10 points or less.
Penn has won seven of their last nine non-conference home games ... Penn had 19 assists against La Salle - second-most in head coach Mike McLaughlin's four-year tenure, while in the same game, the Quakers had just 10 turnovers - third-fewest under McLaughlin ... Alyssa Baron has started 60 consecutive games for the Quakers ... Junior Meghan McCullough played in 59 straight games dating back to the 2010-11 season opener prior to missing the matchup with La Salle on Friday.
Two Penn Wins Would...
... mark a three-game winning streak.
... be the fourth straight against Bucknell.
... make the Quakers 7-0 all-time against St. Francis (N.Y.).
... make the Quakers 3-3 on the year and 2-1 at The Palestra.
A Penn Win Would...
... mark two wins in the last three games.
... make the Quakers 2-4 on the year.
Two Penn Losses Would...
... mark seven defeats in the last eight games.
... make the Quakers 1-5 on the year and 0-3 on the road.
... be less good than two wins.
Penn Picked to Finish Fourth in Ivy League
After finishing last season in sixth place with a 6-8 Ivy League record, the Quakers were picked to finish fourth in the Ivy Preseason Media Poll. Last season, Penn was also picked to finish fourth in the Ivy League, but ended up finishing sixth for for the second season in a row.
2012 Team Captains
Seniors Brianna Bradford and Katie Davis and junior Alyssa Baron were named the 2012-13 tri-captains for Penn on Oct. 3. Bradford played in 27 of 28 games last year, averaging 10.6 minutes per game. After her sophomore year she was named Penn’s Co-Most Intangible Player. Davis saw action in nine games last season. Following a career-high 17 games played her sophomore year, she was named the team’s Most Dedicated Player. Baron led the Ivies in scoring her first two years as a Quaker and was the first-ever freshman to win the honor—she was also named Ivy League and Big 5 Rookie of the Year. She is a two-time All-Ivy recipient, a six-time Ivy Player of the Week and a three-time Big 5 Player of the Week.
Charge for a Cure!
For the third straight year the women’s basketball team is dedicating its entire season to the fight against several diseases and the team needs your help. In its first two years, 109 donors have joined the “Charge for a Cure” program which helped the team raise nearly $7,000. Each month of the season will be devoted to help a specific disease with personal ties to the program—The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Go4theGoal, the American Cancer Society, The Dave Bryan Ride on Fund, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of America. At the end of each month, the coaches will total the number of offensive charges the Quakers have taken as a team and fans can pledge a donation per charge. This month the Quakers will be taking charges for the Go4theGoal Foundation, but the team is turning to its fans to lend a hand in its efforts. Here is how you can help!
|CHARGE FOR A CURE!
Last Time Out
Junior Alyssa Baron's 1,000th career point came at a huge moment as the Penn held off La Salle, 65-56, in the Big 5 opener for both teams Friday night at The Palestra. La Salle took its largest lead of the game, 46-44, with 8:37 to play. But that last just 13 seconds when Baron sunk her milestone basket with a go-ahead three-pointer. Penn never trailed again. La Salle tied the game at 18-18 at the 6:10 mark of the opening half, but sophomore Renee Busch and freshman Rayne Connell hit back-to-back threes for a six-point edge. The Quakers had built the lead without their leading scorer, but Baron knocked home her first basket of the night at the end of the half - a three that gave the Red and Blue a 29-21 advantage heading into the break. It was a long process, but La Salle slowly chipped away. La Salle finally tied the game at 44-44 with 9:03 to go and went on top for that brief moment before Baron's three changed momentum. After Baron's historic basket, junior Courtney Wilson scored on back-to-back trips and the Quakers led 51-46 with 6:58 to play. Busch connected on another three for a 57-51 edge with 3:21 remaining. Baron then blocked a three, was fouled in the race for the loose ball and sunk two free throws. That all but sealed the game as the Quakers salted away the final few minutes.
Penn has a busy stretch coming up before the holiday break. After the Red and Blue host Bucknell for the first time since 2000 on Monday, its a pair of games in New York City, the first against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Wednesday and the next against LIU-Brooklyn on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
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