PHILADELPHIA - Before the Quakers head home for the holiday, they’ll face a pair of formidable opponents that combined for 43 wins last season. First, Penn (1-1) heads to Annapolis—a place where the Red and Blue have never won—to take on Navy (1-2) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and then New Hampshire (2-0) visits The Palestra for the first time on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tip off.
Catching the Games
Fans can watch Penn’s matchup at Navy for free at PatriotLeague.tv. And if you can’t make it out to The Palestra on Tuesday, you can watch the game on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN.tv). Live stats can be found on NavySports.com and PennAthletics.com. Live twitter updates (@PennWBB) are also available. A complete recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.
NAVY GAMEDAY INFORMATION
For those making the trip to the Naval Academy, there are several things to take into consideration. Vehicle access to the U.S. Naval Academy is limited to those with a Department of Defense identification card. It is suggested that everyone else park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ($5. per vehicle) and ride the free shuttle bus to and from the game. Shuttle bus service will begin one hour prior to the start of the game. Note that a government issued identification card must be carried and presented by visitors to the USNA prior to being allowed onto The Yard. Further game day information can be found here.
In the Series vs. Navy and New Hampshire
- Navy and Penn will meet for the eighth time on Saturday with the Midshipmen holding a 5-2 series advantage. The Quakers have never won in Annapolis in four tries, which includes the last meeting between these teams on Dec. 6, 2009—a 65-51 triumph in Mike McLaughlin’s first season at the helm of the Quakers. Penn’s last win over Navy came one year earlier, 61-58, at The Palestra on Dec. 5, 2008.
- This is the first meeting between the New Hampshire and Penn women’s basketball programs. The Quakers are 5-1 all-time against America East opponents with the last such matchup against Maine in 2010.
In the first five seasons under head coach Mike McLaughlin, the Quakers were 6-5 against Patriot League foes, but have won five of the last six since 2011. That includes wins over Bucknell and Army last season.
Penn holds an all-time record of 5-1 against the America East. The Quakers have played just one AEC opponent under Coach McLaughlin—a 69-48 win at The Palestra on Dec. 10, 2010. Prior to that, Penn had not played an America East opponent since a 77-56 loss to Stony Brook at the Holiday Inn Express Invitational on Nov. 30, 2001.
A motto the team has adopted as defending champions that pride themselves on defense. It showed in the home opener against the Explorers. La Salle’s 29 points were the fewest Penn has allowed since a 65-29 win over Temple on Jan. 17, 1995.
Penn held La Salle without a three-pointer on Wednesday. That’s the third time the Quakers have shut out an opponent behind the arc under Coach McLaughlin and the first since a win over Cornell on Feb. 22, 2013. On the contrary, Penn has made a three in every game since a home loss to Harvard on Feb. 6, 2010—a span of 125 games.
Last night’s game set several other milestones for the Quakers...
...third-largest margin of victory in a Big 5 game and largest since Jan. 17, 1995 vs. Temple.
...marked the first time Penn has won a Big 5 game in three consecutive seasons since 1999-02.
...Coach McLaughlin became just the second Penn coach with five career Big 5 wins.
...marked four Big 5 wins in a three-year span for the first time ever.
...first-ever three-game winning streak over La Salle.
...first three-game win streak over any Big 5 opponent since 1980-82 (Temple).
...third straight 1-0 start in Big 5 play (had never done so in two consecutive seasons).
Home Sweet Home
Penn has won eight straight home games dating back to Jan. 11 against Princeton. That is Penn’s longest winning streak at The Palestra since a 10-game stretch during the Ivy League championship 2000-01 team. Overall, the Quakers have won 11 of 12 at The Palestra since a 76-54 defeat at the hands of No. 5/6 Notre Dame on Nov. 23, 2013.
Magic Number: 60
The statistic that may most indicate a Penn win or loss? 60 points. Since head coach Mike McLaughlin took over at Penn, the Quakers are 47-9 (.839) when they score 60 points, including 20-1 last season (only loss was to Texas in NCAA Tournament, 79-61). In comparison, the Quakers are just 20-70 (.222) when they’ve scored less than 60 points under Coach McLaughlin. The trend continues defensively. Over the last five seasons, the Red and Blue are 13-48 (.213) when allowing more than 60 points. But when holding opponents under that number, the Quakers hold a healthy winning record of 54-31 (.635).
Penn is 23-6 in its last 29 games ... Penn has won seven of the last nine on the road ... The Quakers have won 16 straight and are 34-1 over the last three seasons when shooting better than 40 percent ... The Red and Blue have won 14 of the last 15 games when their free throw percentage is better than 70 percent ... Penn has won 28 of the last 29 games when outrebounding its opponent ... Penn reached 70 points in 10 games last year (reached that number a combined nine times during Coach McLaughlin’s first four seasons) and is 18-1 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring more than 70 points—only loss in double overtime, 88-84, at Harvard in 2011.
Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich’s 10 double-doubles last season were the most in a season at Penn since Jennifer Fleischer in 2004-05. She recorded her 11th career double-double in the home opener on Wednesday night to tie Dionne Anthon for 13th-most in school history.
Sydney Stipanovich picked up where she left off. The sophomore had six blocks at No. 4 Tennessee which finished one shy of the opponent record at Thompson-Boling Arena, last set by Brittany Griner. In addition, she became just the fourth Penn player to surpass 100 career blocks (reminder, she was playing her first game of her sophomore season).
Last season, Stipanovich finished eighth in the nation (and second among freshmen in the NCAA) with an Ivy League-leading 3.4 blocks per game. Her 99 blocks in 29 games were more than every Ivy League team other than Princeton (114). The next closest Ivy player was Harvard’s Temi Fagbenle with 40 blocks in 28 games. In addtion, Stipanovich set the school’s single-season blocks record—she surpassed the 20-year-old mark with eight games remaining—and finished second on the Ivy League’s all-time single-season blocks list. Also, prior to last season, no Penn player had ever recorded eight blocks in a game, but Stipanovich did so three times. One week after setting the school record at eight, she broke her own single-game mark with nine blocks against Harvard on Feb. 1—third-most all-time in an Ivy League game.
Senior Kara Bonenberger may soon join Stipanovich in Penn’s 100 career blocks club, meaning two of the five Penn players to record 100 career blocks would be playing next to each other. Bonenberger has 96 career blocks and already ranks fifth all-time at Penn in that category.
Two Penn Wins Would...
... be the eighth in the last 10 games on the road and ninth straight at home.
... mark the first-ever win at Alumni Hall in five attempts.
... make the Quakers 3-1 to start the season for the first time since 2011-12.
A Penn Win Would...
... be the sixth in eight all-time meetings with Navy or first-ever over New Hampshire.
... make the Quakers 2-2 to start the season for the second straight year.
Two Penn Losses Would...
... snap an eight-game home winning streak.
... mark the first to an AEC opponent since Nov. 30, 2001.
... make the Quakers 1-3 to start the season.
... be less good than two wins.
Last Time Out: W, 57-29 vs. La Salle
It was a banner night all around for Penn. The Quakers unveiled the 2013-14 Ivy League championship banner prior to the game and then dominated Big 5 rival La Salle, 57-29, in the home opener at The Palestra on Wednesday night. Senior Kathleen Roche hit a three off the opening tip and the Quakers scored the first nine points of the game. La Salle, which had more turnovers (15) than points (13) in the first half, scored the next four, but Penn went on a 14-4 run to go up 23-8 midway through the opening half. The Red and Blue led 29-13 at the half and the lead grew to as many as 22 midway through the second half. La Salle was never within 20 after that point as the Quakers cruised to the third-largest win over a Big 5 opponent in school history.
After the Thanksgiving holiday, the Quakers will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Lafayette for a 7 p.m. tip off. The Quakers are back home later that week with a matchup against Hampton on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.
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